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Trumps deal with Democrats Will Corker Bannon plotting primaries Matt
bolsters Ryan for now retire in 2018? against GOP incumbents Wuerker
Though some conservatives are upset with Senator is undecided The effort threatens to drain millions of dollars The cartoonists
the GOPs lack of accomplishments, they appear whether to seek from party coffers that could be used daily take on the
to be a long way from booting the speaker. reelection next year. against Democrats. world of politics.
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McCain helms
thorny Senate
defense debate
Tough votes on transgender troops and a new
war powers authorization could come this week
BY CONNOR OBRIEN And so Im just fine.
AND AUSTIN WRIGHT The Senate voted 89 to 3 on
The Senate is likely to tackle Monday evening to launch debate
a slew of contentious issues this on the bill, with debate potentially
week during debate over the an- stretching into next week. Sixty
nual defense policy bill, from the votes were needed to proceed.
status of transgender troops to war This will be McCains third time
powers and even a surprise push managing floor debate for the Na-
by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to tional Defense Authorization Act
allow the military to close bases since 2015, when he became chair-
ANDREW HARNIK/AP across the country. man of the Senate Armed Services
Sen. Tim Kaine is ghting Donald Trumps agenda in the Senate and also focusing on a statewide race in Itll also give the 81-year-old Committee.
Virginia that will be one of the rst chances for Democrats to deliver an electoral rebuke to the president. McCain, now being treated for The massive policy bill provides a
an aggressive form of brain can- budget blueprint for the military and
cer, a week in the congressional reflects many of the Arizona Repub-

Kaine hits the trail again, spotlight as he seeks to rally the


Senate against the partisanship
and gridlock that have entangled
Capitol Hill.
licans priorities since taking over
the Armed Services panel, including
reforms at the Pentagon and a major
increase in defense spending.

battling 2016 ghosts I have just more energy than


ever, and we are doing the defense
bill on the floor of the Senate to-
morrow, which will take all week,
Because it is considered must-
pass legislation, the bill often be-
comes a vehicle for lawmakers to
try to attach controversial amend-
There is nothing this guy has done that should surprise a person which is very important, McCain ments and this year will be no
told CNNs Jake Tapper in an in- different as senators prepare to
in this country, the 2016 VP nominee says of Donald Trump terview Sunday during which he push for votes to rein in the Trump
reflected on his own mortality. DEFENSE on page 13
BY AUSTIN WRIGHT tial election, Kaine is still trying term. The senator is back on the
An aide to Tim Kaine enters a to shed the stigma of being the campaign trail stumping in
diner in Charlottesville and in- vice presidential candidate on the Virginia for Democratic guberna-
forms the host that the Virginia
senator is about to walk in. The
host smiles and cracks a joke:
ticket that came up short against
Donald Trump, a man so reviled
by Kaines fellow Democrats
torial candidate Ralph Northam
and preparing for his own 2018
reelection campaign.
Republicans jockey for
You mean the guy who lost to
Trump?
Ten months after the presiden-
that many of them cant bear
the thought of him serving out
his full four-year presidential
But even as Kaine tries to keep
his focus on the next election,
KAINE on page 12
Budget chair vacancy
BY RACHAEL BADE 2018 blueprint, which is expected
A handful of Republicans are around the end of the month.
lining up to replace outgoing House Four senior Republicans said
Budget Chairman Diane Black, Womack is the front-runner. While
Liberals dominate Democrats quietly jockeying for a gavel that
will play a starring role in the up-
not the most senior member on the
panel, the Arkansas Republican has

2020 presidential jockeying coming tax reform fight.


Budget panel Republicans Steve
Womack, Rob Woodall and Bill
a good reputation with leadership
and conservatives alike. He also
organized the National Republi-
BY GABRIEL DEBENEDETTI dates pushing liberal economic Johnson are all eyeing the position, can Congressional Committees
Bernie Sanders showed in 2016 agendas are making initial moves the lawmakers confirmed in inter- March dinner with President Don-
that an unabashed liberal with a in preparation for a run. Sanders views. Womack and Johnson have ald Trump, which brought in $30
fervent following could reach the himself has visited early-voting already alerted Speaker Paul Ryan million for the campaign arm.
cusp of the Democratic nomina- states. Fellow senators including of their interest and started but- Theres an expectation that
tion. Now a slew of progressive Elizabeth Warren of Massachu- tonholing members of the House Black will step down having an-
Democrats are following his lead. setts and Jeff Merkley of Oregon panel that elects its chair though nounced for governor of Ten-
More than two years before have been meeting with activists. JOHN MINCHILLO/AP Black, who is running for Tennes- nessee, creating a vacancy in the
the next presidential primaries, And governors such as Montanas Sen. Bernie Sanders 2016 bid see governor, will likely retain her chair, and Im interested in taking
roughly a dozen potential candi- LIBERALS on page 16 drew the Democrats to the left. position until the House passes its VACANCY on page 15
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FORTY FIVE
A daily diary of the Trump presidency

Trump commemorates executive, the Pope said. If that


9/11 anniversary: America is so, I am hopeful that it will be
cannot be intimidated rethought.
President Donald Trump marked During last years campaign,
the 16th anniversary of the Sept. Pope Francis suggested that
11, 2001, terrorist attacks on Trump was not Christian
Monday, honoring victims, first because of his pledge to build a
responders and the military in wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
remarks at the Pentagon and During a visit to Mexico, the Pope
pledging resolve keep the U.S. also celebrated Mass in Ciudad
safe from future attacks. Jurez, just across the Rio Grande
The terrorists who attacked from El Paso, Texas, and prayed
us thought they could incite near the U.S.-Mexico border.
fear and weaken our spirit. But In a statement released by his
America cannot be intimidated campaign, Trump responded
and those who try will soon to the Popes not Christian
join the long list of vanquished remark by saying that if and
enemies who dared to test our when the Vatican is attacked by
mettle, Trump said Monday ISIS, which as everyone knows
morning. is ISISs ultimate trophy, I can
The president, who recently promise you that the Pope would
announced his administrations have only wished and prayed that
strategy for the long-running Donald Trump would have been
conflict in Afghanistan that President because this would not
began in 2001 as a hunt for the have happened.
organizers of the Sept. 11 attacks, More recently, the two men
warned that we are making plain met face to face last May at the
to these savage killers that there is Vatican, exchanging gifts during
no dark corner beyond our reach. WIN MCNAMEE/GETTY IMAGES a meeting that the president
No sanctuary beyond our grasp,
and nowhere to hide anywhere on Trump marks 9/11 anniversary characterized as fantastic. As
their time together ended, Trump
this very large Earth. President Donald Trump, rst lady Melania Trump and White House aides and staff members mark the 16th promised the Pope, I wont
Trump offered consoling anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks as Taps plays during a ceremony Monday on the South Lawn of the forget what you said.
words to the families of victims White House. Trump later honored victims, rst responders and the military in remarks at the Pentagon. Louis Nelson
who gathered for Mondays
ceremony and shared the story Sanders: Bannon likes to speak
of a Pentagon police officer who in the most extreme measures
rushed into the wreckage of the Responding to Steve Bannons
Pentagon and saved as many and a Marine played Taps on a initially turned down by a judge Pope Francis: Trump may not lengthy interview on 60
as 20 people over his nearly 36 bugle. on procedural grounds. be pro-life if he ends DACA Minutes, White House press
hours working at the site. The The president and first lady Arpaio, the former sheriff President Donald Trump may secretary Sarah Huckabee
attacks against the U.S., the were joined by his daughter of Maricopa County, has been not be as pro-life as he has Sanders said Monday that
president said, made the nation Ivanka Trump and her husband, repeatedly accused of employing previously professed himself to President Donald Trumps
more resilient and continue to Jared Kushner, both of whom racist law enforcement tactics be, Pope Francis said Monday, if former chief strategist tends to
do so. serve as advisers to the president. and mistreating inmates. A he does indeed rescind a program speak in extreme language and
The president was preceded Other administration staff Justice Department civil rights that grants work permits to suggested that she does not agree
in his remarks by Gen. Joseph members present included investigation concluded that undocumented immigrants who with everything he said.
Dunford, chairman of the Joint chief of staff John Kelly, press his department racially profiled arrived in the U.S. as children, At Mondays daily briefing,
Chiefs of Staff, and Defense secretary Sarah Huckabee Latinos, and Arpaio in 2016 thereby exposing them to Sanders fielded several questions
Secretary James Mattis, who Sanders, counselor to the lost a bid for reelection. In July, possible deportation. about Bannon, whose lengthy
declared that Americans are not president Kellyanne Conway, he was convicted of criminal The President of the United interview with Charlie Rose on
made of cotton candy, were not national security adviser H.R. contempt of court because he had States presents himself as pro- 60 Minutes aired on Sunday.
seaweed drifting in the current, McMaster, economic adviser continued to detain immigrants life and if he is a good pro-lifer, It made news for, among other
we are not intimidated by our Gary Cohn, White House counsel without sufficient reason after he understands that family is the bombastic remarks, his blunt
enemies and, Mr. President, your Don McGahn, deputy national a federal court order told him to cradle of life and its unity must criticism of the Roman Catholic
military does not scare. security adviser Dina Powell, stop. Trump pardoned Arpaio in be protected, the Pope said Church and former colleagues in
Vice President Mike Pence communications director Hope August, pointing to his selfless Monday, according to a CNN the White House, like economic
on Monday paid tribute to the Hicks and Nick Ayers, chief of public service. report, aboard his plane as he adviser Gary Cohn (Bannon said
passengers of United Airlines staff to Vice President Mike The MacArthur Justice Center returned to the Vatican from a he should quit).
Flight 93, who fought against Pence. moved to file in the case on trip to Colombia. Bannon, who chaired Trumps
hijackers on 9/11. Trump, who is scheduled to Monday but was warned by Judge The Trump administration presidential campaign in its later
I and many others in our attend another Sept. 11 ceremony Susan Bolton that the motion announced earlier this month stages and refers to himself as
nations capital were able to go later Monday morning at the would be denied in three days if it that he would end DACA, a nationalist and populist, left
home that day to hug our families Pentagon, did not offer any was not edited to adhere to court the Obama-era program that the administration last month
because of the courage and remarks during the brief White procedure. shielded so-called Dreamers from and returned to the right-wing
selflessness of heroes of Flight House event and and returned The brief contends that deportation, citing concerns website Breitbart News, of which
93, Pence said, speaking from inside the White Hosue at 8:48 Trumps pardon of Arpaio about its constitutionality. The he is executive chairman.
Shanksville, Pennsylvania. a.m. Pence is scheduled to violated the Constitution because White House has framed the When a reporter asked Sanders
Earlier Monday, the president attend a ceremony Monday in it has the purpose and effect of move as a compassionate one, to respond to Bannons assertion
and first lady Melania Trump Shanksville, Pennyslvania, where eviscerating the judicial power allowing for a six-month wind that the immigration debate
observed a moment of silence United Flight 93, which had been to enforce constitutional rights. down of the program instead of could cause a civil war within
on the South Lawn of the White hijacked, crashed into a field. The MacArthur Justice Center leaving it open to an immediate the Republican Party, Sanders
House, commemorating the Louis Nelson lawyers argue that presidential end via the courts. deflected the query, saying, I
16th anniversary of the Sept. 11, pardon power, though broad, The six-month window, the think that Steve always likes to
2001 terrorist attacks in New Legal group moves to challenge cannot be used to undermine the Trump administration has said, speak in kind of the most extreme
York, Arlington, Virginia, and Trumps Arpaio pardon judiciarys ability to enforce the leaves Congress time to act measures. Im not sure that I agree
Shanksville, Pennsylvania. An advocacy group moved Bill of Rights or the Fourteenth and more permanently protect with that.
Wearing a dark suit and a solid on Monday to challenge Amendment. Dreamers. The president, who Sanders said Trump has seen
red tie, the president emerged Donald Trumps pardon of The Arpaio pardon, the once vowed to deport every clips from the interview, but she
with his wife from the White controversial former Arizona lawyers argue, eviscerates this single undocumented immigrant was not sure if he had seen it in
Houses South Portico at 8:45 Sheriff Joe Arpaio, alleging Courts enforcement power in the U.S., has vowed to treat full.
a.m. for an 8:46 a.m. moment of that the presidents move was by endorsing Arpaios refusal Dreamers with great heart The press secretary also
silence marking the exact time unconstitutional because it to comply with federal court and has suggested that he dodged a question about
that American Airlines Flight undermined the power of the orders. wants Congress to find a more whether the president agrees
11 crashed into the north tower federal judiciary. The brief also takes issue permanent solution for them. If with Bannons assessment that
of the World Trade Center in A public interest law firm, the with the breadth of Trumps Congress fails to act, Trump has Republican leaders like Mitch
Manhattan. Melania Trump, Roderick and Solange MacArthur pardon, noting that the text pledged to revisit this issue. McConnell and Paul Ryan want
who stood by the presidents side Justice Center, sought to file an of the pardon is so broad that it Aboard his plane Monday to nullify the results of the
during the brief ceremony, wore a amicus brief in a federal district purports to allow Arpaio to run morning, the Pope put the onus presidential election.
long-sleeved black dress. court in Arizona, where Arpaio for Sheriff again and escape back on the president to make Not that Im aware of, but I
The president and first lady is seeking to vacate a conviction criminal liability for future sure that Dreamers are protected. havent had that conversation
stood with their hands over their after Trump granted him a contempt. I think this law comes not with him, she said.
hearts as a bell tolled at 8:46 a.m. pardon last month. The brief was Madeline Conway from parliament but from the Madeline Conway
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McCain: Every life has to


end one way or another
BY IAN KULLGREN that should reveal more.
Sen. John McCain opened up Everything so far has gone very,
about his battle with brain cancer very well, and Im very grateful,
on Sunday, adding it to the list of he said. Ive had no side effects,
other near-fatal encounters hes no nothing, except, frankly, an in-
faced. creased level of energy.
Im facing a challenge, the But he was quick to add, Im
Arizona Republican said on CNNs not trying to paint this as a rosy
State of the Union program. But picture.
Ive faced other challenges, and This is a very virulent form of
Im very confident about getting cancer; it has to be fought against,
through this one as well. he said. We have new technolo-
In his first nationally televised gies, which I wont bother you with
interview since his diagnosis in the details of, that make chances
July, McCain shared with Jake much better.
Tapper some of the details of his McCain recounted his presiden-
battle against glioblastoma, an tial run in 2000 one of the high
aggressive type of brain cancer. points of his career, he said when
The 81-year-old, six-term senator he fought past his underdog status
was by turns somber, upbeat and and gave George W. Bush a hard
reflective about his storied career, battle for the Republican presi-
which has included two presidential dential nomination.
runs and more than five years as a Those joyful memories of the
prisoner of war in Vietnam after his campaign in 2000 were some of
Navy jet was shot down. the most enjoyable times of my
You know, every life has to end life, McCain said. We were the
one way or another, he said. underdogs. We were fighting our
McCain, who chairs the Senate way up. Everything was so magic
Armed Services Committee, re- about that campaign.
cently underwent chemotherapy I hope this is not our last inter-
and radiation treatments after sur- view, Tapper said as the interview
gery to remove a brain tumor. He came to an end.
said hes scheduled for a magnetic A lot of people want it to be the
resonance imaging test on Monday last, McCain wryly replied.

AARON P. BERNSTEIN/GETTY IMAGES


Right now, I intend to run again, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch said Monday. But who knows? Mitt Romney, the 2012
GOP presidential nominee, is reportedly preparing a run for Hatchs seat if the senator decides to retire.

Hatch to weigh reelection bid;


Romney may run if he retires
Seven-term lawmaker said in a brief interview on Mon- said in May that he had spoken to J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP
day. By the end of the year, Ill Romney and that the former Mas- Sen. John McCain said so far his treatment for brain cancer has gone well,
to decide by years end make that determination. sachusetts governor would not but stressed that this is a very virulent form of cancer.
Questions about Hatchs po- run for the Senate.
BY SEUNG MIN KIM litical future flared again Mon- Hatch, 83, said Monday that
Senate Fi na nce Com m ittee d ay fol low i n g a rep or t f rom he is considering just about ev-
Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) UtahPolicy.com that said former erything in deciding whether to
said Monday that he will make a GOP presidential nominee Mitt run for another six-year term next
decision by the end of the year on Romney is preparing a run for year. Despite the recent spate of
whether he will run for an eighth Hatchs seat should the senator retirements in the House, no sen-
term in 2018. retire. ator has announced this year the Robert L. Allbritton
R ight now, I intend to run Such specu lat ion has been intention to forgo a reelection run PUBLISHER & EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN
again. But who knows? Hatch floating for months, though Hatch in November 2018. Patrick Steel
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The GOPs right ank is starting to agitate against Speaker Paul Ryan. And Ryan is caught in an often-impossible position between a fractious conference and an unpredictable president.

Trumps deal with Dems bolsters Ryan for now


Some conservatives are upset, but they appear this isnt a repeat of John Boehners ship if they did that, said Rep. Ted House floor to vent their anger, the
to be a long way from booting the speaker ill-fated speakership. Boehner
stepped down amid an uprising
Yoho (R-Fla.), a Freedom Caucus
member. Because theyre passing
Post reported that theyd met with
Breitbart chief Steve Bannon and
by the right in 2015. a garbage bill and playing politics were considering alternatives to
BY RACHAEL BADE Mulvaney were booed when they Ryan appeared to receive a boost with peoples lives and thats not Ryan. But Ryan still appears to have
AND KYLE CHENEY came to Capitol Hill to plead with from a pair of Washington Post sto- the way we ought to legislate. the confidence of a majority of the
Dona ld T r u mps dea l w it h Republicans to support the deal. ries last week suggesting Freedom It wasnt just Freedom Caucus conference.
Democrats last week the latest Theres a lot of disappointment Caucus leaders were conspiring members who were stung by the Were talking about a minor-
setback for House Republicans in in the decision that the president with allies at Breitbart News to find exclusion of spending cuts from the ity, hopefully thats going to be
a year filled with disappointment made, and the way our leadership a replacement for Ryan. Freedom debt ceiling measure. A number of isolated more and more, Rep. Pe-
has opened a new rift within was treated thats a sore spot, Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows House deputy whips told POLITICO ter King (R-N.Y.) said of the Ryan
the GOP Conference over whether said Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.). (R-N.C.) denied the reports. they also didnt want to vote for a dissenters.
their president or their speaker is Added Rep. Ryan Costello (R- If you think that you can do a clean debt ceiling increase; two Even some Freedom Caucus
to blame. Pa.): The leadership is doing better job, man up and put your suggested that such a vote could members expressed discomfort
Some House conser vatives the best that they possibly can name on the ballot and say that jeopardize Ryans job security. with the criticism of Ryans speak-
have begun questioning Paul Ry- in a very unpredictable environ- youre running and challenge the Republican Study Committee ership. In an interview off the floor
ans leadership after Republicans ment. Were one-third of the speaker rather than just being Chairman Mark Walker (R-N.C.) Thursday, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex-
were forced to swallow a vote to government. an agitator, said Rep. Tom Rooney has also begun openly discussing as) said he was not unhappy with
increase the debt ceiling without The dissension is cresting just as (R-Fla.), a Ryan ally. I get so tired his desire to see Ryan take a harder Paul and that hes got a tough
corresponding spending cuts. Republicans turn to tax reform of these guys that play Monday- line against the Senate; House law- job. Ryan has the confidence of
Freedom Caucus leaders, already arguably a taller task than repeal- morning quarterback with Paul. makers have long been frustrated almost everybody in the confer-
upset that Congress wasted months ing Obamacare and face a crush In a statement for this story, Ryan that the more centrist chamber ence, Barton added.
on the failed bid to repeal Obam- of year-end deadlines. Navigat- spokeswoman AshLee Strong said: dictates the terms of Republican Listen, its ridiculous to even
acare, cornered Ryan (R-Wis.) last ing that schedule on the heels of The speaker and this conference legislation. Asked Friday whether have this conversation, he said.
Wednesday to tell him he needed to Trumps defiance of GOP leaders are concerned only about one thing: he felt Ryan was listening to that Paul Ryan is going to be speaker
change his approach. will make for an excruciating next working together to advance our suggestion, Walker said, Were until he doesnt want to be speaker
Some of them believe Ryan few months for the speaker. agenda. heading in the wrong direction. or until the Democrats take over the
should have done more to sell House.
Trump on a conservative alterna- Asked about Meadows and Jor-
tive to the Democrats offer. dan, Barton said: Those are my
When you fail to prepare, you Theres a lot of disappointment in the decision that the president made, friends. Theyre good people.
typically dont get the best out- Their heart is in the right place. But
come and you dont have the best and the way our leadership was treated thats a sore spot. none of them wants to be speaker,
choices at decision-making time to my knowledge, and even if they
Rep. Hal Rogers
and thats exactly what played did, the time to do that is after the
out, Freedom Caucus leader Jim next general election.
Jordan (R-Ohio) said. Weve been Its unclear, however, for how
very clear that we should have put long most of the conference will
together a debt ceiling plan. While most Republicans say Still, discontentment inside the Still, though there are more and blame Trump or the Senate instead
Yet that appears to be the mi- Ryans hold on his post is secure, GOP Conference is building. more conversations that people are of their own leaders. On Friday,
nority view within the conference. its unclear how long he can main- Even before Trump struck his frustrated, Walker said he isnt Meadows, while refuting sugges-
Trumps surprise partnership with tain his grip in the age of Trump. deal with House Minority Leader contemplating a change in lead- tions he is fomenting opposition
Democrats may have bolstered, at The GOPs right flank is starting Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority ership. He called Ryan one of the to Ryan, declined to vouch for the
least temporarily, Ryans standing to agitate against Ryan and Senate Leader Chuck Schumer, conserva- greatest human beings youll ever speakers effectiveness.
among rank-and-file Republicans. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tives were seething over news that meet. I think that, obviously, results
Many lawmakers rallied behind the (R-Ky.). And the speaker is caught House leaders intended to attach a There has been some talk of, Is speak for themselves, he said.
speaker and directed their anger in an often-impossible position be- long-term clean debt ceiling in- he the guy? Walker said. Hes Thats what were waiting on.
at the White House over the debt tween a fractious conference and an crease to a relief package for Hur- still the guy.
deal. Treasury Secretary Steven unpredictable president. ricane Harvey victims. The night that Jordan and Mead- John Bresnahan contributed to this
Mnuchin and budget director Mick For now, most Republicans say Thatd be a sign of poor leader- ows pulled Ryan into a room off the report.
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Corker, a GOP deal-maker in Senate, mulls retirement


Hed be likely to face
a primary challenge
BY BURGESS EVERETT
Bob Corker is undecided about
whether to seek reelection next
year, according to the Tennessee
senator, a development that threat-
ens to reshape the Senates power
structure and Republican attempts
to keep the majority.
Corker, who chairs the influential
Senate Foreign Relations Commit-
tee, is still considering whether to
run for a third term next year. His
retirement would cause a reshuf-
fling on top Senate committees
and potentially tighten the race for
control of the Senate, which heavily
favors Republicans.
I think everyone in the Volun-
teer State knows, as they did in
2012, that running for reelection
has never been an automatic for
me. While we are in a strong posi-
tion, I am still contemplating the
future and will make a decision at
the appropriate time, Corker said
Monday.
Republicans close to Corker said
he is legitimately on the fence about
running again. The 65-year-old JOHN SHINKLE/POLITICO
former businessman and mayor Most Republicans believe Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker will seek a third term. President Donald Trump chided Corker after the Tennessean
of Chattanooga is weighing how said Trump had not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate to be successful.
much of an impact he could make
in a third term versus what he could
accomplish outside the Capitol. brought to light the senators am- be successful. strategist Steve Bannon is consid- He had $6.5 million as of the end
Hes also considering whether to bivalence about a third term re- Trump responded a week later: ering aiding a primary challenger of June and has raised more money
make what is essentially a seven- cently after considering Corker as Strange statement by Bob Corker to Corker, POLITICO reported on since. Ward Baker, a Tennessean
year commitment to the chamber, both his vice presidential nominee considering that he is constantly Sunday. The Bannon-led Breitbart who was executive director of the
including what would be a year- and nominee for secretary of state asking me whether or not he should News cheered on Joe Carrs chal- Senate GOPs campaign arm last
long battle to keep his seat. While last year. run again in 18. Tennessee not lenge to GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander year, is Corkers consultant.
Tennessee is a deep red state, the In August, the White House was happy! of Tennessee in 2014, though Alex- Corker similarly considered re-
deal-making Corker is likely to face ander won the primary by 9 points tiring in 2012, frustrated over the
a primary challenge if he runs for and crushed his general election chambers gridlock and inability to
reelection. opponent. pass major legislation. In the years
After spending a lifetime in While we are in a strong position, I am still Republicans hold 52 Senate seats since, Corker has become a major
business, I ran for mayor of Chat- and, with 10 Democrats up for re- aisle-crossing player, working on
tanooga as a civic endeavor, and I contemplating the future and will make a election in states won by Trump, the 2013 immigration reform bill,
continue to do what I do because decision at the appropriate time. are seeking to pick up more seats the Senates 2015 bill to allow a
I wholeheartedly believe in pub- next year. But a Corker retire- vote on President Barack Obamas
lic service. That approach allows Sen. Bob Corker ment could create an opportunity nuclear deal with Iran and hous-
me to truly throw myself into the for Democrats to go on offense in ing finance reform. Corker is now
job and make decisions based on Tennessee, particularly if a more angling to make an impact on the
what I believe is best for Ten- conservative Republican is the GOP tax reform effort.
nessee and our country without taken aback by Corkers blunt as- Since that back-and-forth, Cork- nominee in the state. The GOP is If Corker were to win reelection,
thinking about the next election sessment of the president. Corker er has maintained contact with top defending just eight seats next year, Senate rules would allow him to
or the next potential opportu- told reporters in Tennessee that administration officials and views with just two currently viewed as serve just one more term as Sen-
nity, Corker said. Trump has not yet been able his relationship with the White vulnerable: Nevada and Arizona. ate Foreign Relations chairman if
The possibility that Corker will to demonstrate the stability nor House and Trump administration Still, Corker is preparing as if he Republicans retain their majority.
retire was first reported by CNN. some of the competence that he as solid, Republican sources said. is running again, and most Repub- He is also a senior member of the
But President Donald Trump first needs to demonstrate in order to Still, former White House chief licans believe he ultimately will. Banking Committee.

Former presidents add Florida relief to their efforts Rubio rides out Hurricane
BY BRENT D. GRIFFITHS
All five living, former U.S. presi-
T he f u nd wa s e s t abl i she d
through the 41st presidents library
Irma at home in Florida
dents have officially expanded their and foundation to help respond to
disaster relief appeal to include Hurricane Harvey, which resulted BY IAN KULLGREN Myers, in Sarasota, in the Tampa
Hurricane Irma as the storm, in massive flooding in the Houston Sen. Marco Rubio, riding out Bay region, this storm has the po-
which was downgraded to a tropical area. For its Hurricane Harvey ef- Hurricane Irma at home in Florida, tential to be that sort of worst-case
storm Monday morning, slammed forts, the One America Appeal is says the huge storm is shaping up scenario that meteorologists and
through Florida and continued into working with the Hurricane Harvey to be a worst-case scenario for the emergency planners dread, Rubio
the Southeast. Relief Fund and the Rebuild Texas southwestern part of his state. said.
According to a statement from Fund. I am currently in my home here White House press secretary
Jim McGrath, former President The second fund was activated in West Miami, and it is a nasty, Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sun-
George H.W. Bushs spokesman, the by Florida Gov. Rick Scott. One brutal storm. And we are not even day that President Donald Trump,
One America Appeal launched POLITICO SCREENGRAB hundred percent of funds donated in the eye of the storm, the Repub- who was at Camp David for Cabinet
last week will now include the Jimmy Carter was joined by George to the Florida Disaster Fund will go lican told CBS Sunday on Face the meetings over the weekend, had
Florida Disaster Fund, the states H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. toward disaster-related response Nation by phone. conferred with Rubio and the gov-
official, private fund established to Bush and Barack Obama in a public and recovery because the fund has We are going to get the sus- ernors of Florida, Alabama, Geor-
assist local communities. service announcement. no overhead costs, Sundays an- tained tropical storm winds. We are gia, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Bush was joined by former Pres- nouncement stated. getting the gusts from hurricanes, The president and vice presi-
idents Barack Obama, George W. P resident Dona ld T r u mp tornado threats, he added. It is dent are also receiving a briefing
Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter NFLs season-opener on NBC. tweeted his support for the ef- going to be exponentially worse this morning, she said, adding
in a public service announcement Another PSA aired during NFL fort on Thursday writing he was everywhere up the west coast that White House chief of staff
released last week, which later aired telecasts on Sunday and again on proud to stand with Presidents of Florida. John Kelly has also been active in
nationwide Thursday, during the Monday night. for #OneAmericaAppeal. If you live in Naples, in Fort responding to the storm.
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Bannon plots primaries against some GOP senators


Bid could hurt partys and former state Rep. Joe Carr in
Tennessee. None of the Breitbart-
midterm prospects backed candidates won, but the
effort sapped the party leadership
BY ALEX ISENSTADT of millions of dollars.
P resident Don a ld T r u mps This time around, Bannon is
closest allies are planning a slate almost certain to rely on funding
of primary challenges against from Mercer, a reclusive hedge-
Republican senators, potentially fund manager who has long funded
undermining the partys prospects his political projects. After exit-
in 2018 and further inflaming ten- ing the White House, Bannon left
sions between GOP leaders and the Washington for Long Island, New
White House. York, where he spent five days
The effort is led by Steve Bannon, meeting with the billionaire.
Trumps bomb-throwing former Mercer, who was one of Trumps
chief strategist, who is launching an top donors during the 2016 cam-
all-out war against Senate Majority paign, has expressed a desire to go
Leader Mitch McConnell and the after sitting GOP lawmakers, ac-
Republican establishment. Bannon cording to three people with direct
has begun holding private meetings knowledge of his thinking. He has
with insurgent challengers, vow- already donated $300,000 to an
ing his support. Hes coordinating anti-Flake super PAC and has indi-
with conservative megadonor Rob- cated that hes interested in giving
ert Mercer, who is prepared to pour more to unseat the senator.
millions of dollars into attacks on Bannon has taken preliminary
GOP incumbents. Bannon also has steps to establish a political struc-
installed a confidant at an outside ture that could be used in 2018 rac-
group that is expected to target Re- es. It was recently announced that
publican lawmakers and push the his political adviser, Andrew Sura-
Trump agenda. bian, was leaving the White House
The developments have alarmed to take a job at Great America Alli-
senior Republicans, who worry the ance, a pro-Trump outside group.
effort will drain millions of dollars I dont think anyone should be
from the partys coffers to take on surprised at primary challenges in
Democrats in the general elec- GOP Senate races, especially against
tion. McConnell has repeatedly those senators that have appeared
expressed concern to the White to be less than helpful to the Trump
House about the danger primaries agenda. And I think those primary
pose to his members, stressing that challengers will be well-funded,
it could imperil his narrow four- said Ned Ryun, a conservative strat-
seat majority, according to three egist who has written for Breitbart.
people with direct knowledge of Its a natural reaction by the base
the discussions. to what theyve perceived as a per-
The issue is: Do you invest your haps intentional inability to pass any
time and energy in attacking people Trump agenda items.
who are carrying this presidents GOP leaders are racing to pro-
water in Congress to the benefit of tect their lawmakers. Senate Ma-
people who are trying to impeach jority Whip John Cornyn recently
him? That seems like an incredibly organized a pair of fundraisers in
short-sighted strategy, said Josh his home state of Texas to jointly
Holmes, a former McConnell chief benefit Heller and Flake. Those
of staff. events were canceled after Hur-
Bannon is paying little heed to ricane Harvey but are expected to
those warnings. On Thursday, he be rescheduled. One was set to be
huddled with Danny Tarkanian, an at the Dallas home of billionaire
attorney who is challenging Sen. Robert Rowling, who owns Omni
Dean Heller (R-Nev.), at the Capi- Hotels and Golds Gym. It offered
tol Hill townhouse that serves as CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES a reception and photo op and asked
a base of operations for Breitbart Steve Bannon is backing primary challenges against some GOP senators. The bid is a reaction by the base to what is for contributions up to $44,700,
News, the conservative website perceived as an intentional inability to pass the presidents agenda items, according to one conservative strategist. according to an invitation.
that Bannon oversees. Heller has taken steps to repair
Bannon made it clear during his relationship with the White
the 30-minute meeting that Tar- under attack. Behind the scenes, ite, will take on Wicker. GOP establishment. House. After Trump delivered a
kanian had his full backing in the Bannon has proposed the possibil- Bannon is firing his opening shot Trump endorsed Strange before speech before the American Le-
race against Heller, according to ity of targeting Tennessee Sen. Bob in the Alabama Senate special elec- the first round of voting in mid- gion in Reno in which he called for
one person familiar with the con- Corker, and those close to the former tion, squaring off against McCon- August but has since done little to national unity, the senator called
versation. Heller refused to endorse Trump chief strategist are talking nell in a race the Senate leader and promote him. Recent polling has the president and complimented
Trump during the 2016 campaign. about the prospect of a challenge to his allies have spent millions of shown Moore with a significant him on his remarks, according to
Leading the target list is Arizona Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker. dollars to win. lead. one person familiar with the ex-
Sen. Jeff Flake, an outspoken critic Corker had long been consid- While Bannon is behind contro- A Strange loss would be an em- change. After initially attacking the
of the president who recently pub- ered a Trump ally and in the mix versial former state Supreme Court barrassment for McConnell and Trump-led effort to repeal Obam-
lished a book lamenting the rise of to become secretary of state, but Chief Justice Roy Moore, McCon- open the floodgates for other GOP acare, Heller ultimately backed leg-
Trump. Bannon is intent on un- has since angered the presidents nell has gone all in for Sen. Luther primary challenges, Bannon has islation to reverse the law.
seating Flake, and David Bossie, supporters with recent comments Strange, who was appointed early said. On Thursday, Bannon and There are indications the of-
the presidents 2016 deputy cam- in which he questioned Trumps this year to temporarily fill the seat Bossie met separately with Moore fensive has paid off. On Friday
paign manager and the president of competence. Shortly after Ban- after Jeff Sessions became attorney in Washington. evening, Las Vegas casino mogul
the influential conservative group non left the White House and re- general. Speaking to prominent Its not the first time Bannon has Steve Wynn, Trumps handpicked
Citizens United, has embarked on turned to Breitbart last month, the GOP activists at a Conservative gone after the GOP establishment in Republican National Committee
an effort to recruit several poten- site published a story promoting a Action Project meeting and on a Senate primaries. During the 2014 finance chairman, gave Heller a
tial primary challengers, includ- potential Corker challenger, state Judicial Watch conference call re- midterms, Breitbart, under Ban- full-throated endorsement dur-
ing former Rep. Matt Salmon. The Sen. Mark Green. The site has also cently, Bannon portrayed the Sept. nons leadership, promoted several ing a speech at a Nevada Republican
former congressman, however, has hyped the possibility that state Sen. 26 primary as a defining battle be- insurgent challengers, including Party fundraising dinner.
expressed reluctance to enter the Chris McDaniel, a tea party favor- tween the conservative base and physician Milton Wolf in Kansas But Tarkanian is plowing ahead.
contest. He said Trump supporters in Ne-
The anti-incumbent effort could vada felt betrayed by Heller and
dramatically reshape the 2018 pri- have been flocking to his campaign.
mary landscape if it materializes. Do you invest your time and energy in attacking people who are carrying I got in the race with the hope
It would pit a group of pro-Trump that there would be enthusiasm
primary challengers against sitting this presidents water in Congress to the benet of people who are trying to for my candidacy, and its far ex-
lawmakers who are perceived as impeach him? That seems like an incredibly short-sighted strategy. ceeded my hope, Tarkanian said.
more mainstream. Theres a lot of frustration with
Two other senators could come Josh Holmes A former McConnell chief of staff. Dean Heller.
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Kaine looks forward, but the specter of 2016 lingers


KAINE from page 1
there are constant reminders of
the last one the only election hes
ever lost. Trump, it seems, looms
over everything.
Kaine isnt interested in reliti-
gating one of the biggest electoral
upsets in U.S. history. He looks vis-
ibly uncomfortable talking about
the election and cautions against
overinterpreting what went
wrong.
Still, as Kaine sips coffee and
takes selfies with supporters who
recognize their senator, one cant
help but detect some lingering re-
sentment over the fact that voters
rejected him and Hillary Clinton for
a reality TV star. Trump has fre-
quently done things that I think are
shocking for a president to do, but
nothing hes done has been surpris-
ing, Kaine says. There is noth-
ing this guy has done that should
surprise a person in this country
based on the person he was before
he took the oath of office.
But Kaine isnt questioning
Trumps legitimacy or pining for
his impeachment, saying he still
hopes Trump will be a good presi-
dent and wants to work with his
administration on issues of mutual
interest, like infrastructure.
Look, he was elected by 63 mil-
lion people in the electoral college,
Kaine says. He will be president
for four years. I think you have to
assume that he will.
Instead, the 59-year-old sena- JULIA RENDLEMAN/AP
tor is fighting Trumps agenda in Sen. Tim Kaine visits a makeshift memorial last month, where Heather Heyer was killed during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Why did
the Senate and focusing on whats they come to Virginia? Kaine said, noting that most of the participants were from out of state. These people hate to see Virginia moving forward.
next: a statewide race in Virginia
that will be one of the first chances
for Democrats to deliver a major these campaign stops to test the who once retweeted a supporter has not read an advance copy and the party out of the wilderness in
electoral rebuke to Trump. Hes messages hell be delivering when who wrote that Kaine looks like doesnt plan to have any role in her 2020. He insists he has no presiden-
working to bolster Northam and he begins stumping for himself next an evil crook out of the Batman book tour. His first few conversa- tial ambitions and wants to emulate
others running in Virginias off- year in his first-ever real reelection movies. tions with Clinton, he says, were the 30-year Senate career of former
year election this November. contest. Even Kaines reelection cam- more about looking in the rearview Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), a fam-
After that, he says hell turn his I like being out on the trail a lot, paign next year might not offer mirror. But their more recent chats ily friend of Kaines who retired in
attention to 2018. Kaine is urging and it is a little bit easier when your him the chance to move past 2016. have been about looking in the 2009.
Democrats to prioritize next years name isnt on the ballot, he says. His only declared Republican windshield. Im going to consider this the
midterm elections over the 2020 Still, when youre Kaine, theres challenger so far is Corey Stew- For Hillary, its harder because last job Ill ever hold, says Kaine,
presidential contest. no escaping 2016. art, a staunch Trump backer who she has to grapple with, OK, whats whose past positions include Rich-
Theres a lot of skirmishing to In Charlottesville, he is greeted sought to channel the real estate next? he says. I didnt have to mond mayor, Virginia lieutenant
grab the microphone for 2020, by University of Virginia students mogul during a bid for the GOP sort of decide whats next. Im in governor and then governor. He
he says. If we have a good 2018, wearing Stronger Together jack- nomination for governor that he the Senate, and the Senate has offers the obligatory addendum
I think well do fine in 2020. If we ets. At a campaign event in New- narrowly lost. A race against Stew- even gotten more important be- that he could be voted out and
have a bad 2018, it will be incred- port News, hes introduced to the art would almost certainly repre- cause I think the Senate is playing that you cant get presumptuous.
ibly demoralizing and really hurt crowd by Democratic Rep. Bobby sent a rematch between the centrist more of the role of the adult in the Its at this point that Holton
us in 2020. Scott as the man who should have vision put forward by Clinton and room right now for the American chimes in to underscore her hus-
Kaine and his wife, Anne Holton, been our vice president. Kaine, and the take-no-prisoners government. bands decision to rule out a White
discussed the senators future in a House bid. I ruled it out before he
wide-ranging interview on a re- did, says Holton, a former Virginia
cent Saturday at a diner called the secretary of education. Ive always
Nook on Charlottesvilles Down- For Hillary, its harder because she has to grapple with, OK, whats next? thought that the office hes in is
town Mall. It was just a block most important.
from where 32-year-old Heather I didnt have to sort of decide whats next. Im in the Senate, and the Senate Kaine adds that he knows my
Heyer was killed last month when home state and being part of the
a man drove his car into a crowd of
has even gotten more important because I think the Senate is playing more of political and economic and social
counterprotesters during a white the role of the adult in the room right now for the American government. progress of my state is what Im
supremacist rally. really interested in. He says his
Kaine and Holton both ap- Sen. Tim Kaine committee assignments Armed
pear disgusted as they reflect on Services, Foreign Relations, Budget
Trumps reaction to the rally that and Health, Education, Labor and
brought Nazis and members of the Pensions have positioned him
Ku Klux Klan to their state. Why Even Kaines own stump speech approach of the populist conserva- He rejects the notion that their well to have a major long-term
did they come to Virginia? Kaine seeks to make sense of an election tive forces that powered Trumps defeat represented a rebuke of impact in the Senate, both on the
asks, noting that most of the par- that many on the left are still strug- victory. his and Clintons moderate ap- national stage and on issues of
ticipants were from out of state. If gling coming to terms with. He And then theres Clinton. Af- proach, calling the schism in the importance to his military-heavy
you have a fantasy about the Civil reminds his audiences that he and ter retreating from the public eye Democratic Party superficial. home state.
War, Virginia plays a role in your Clinton won the popular vote, and for months, the former secretary He adds, though, that the party In Virginia, after all, he and Clin-
psychosis. These people hate to see knocks Trump for promising voters of state is launching a book tour needs a more compelling eco- ton were the winners of last years
Virginia moving forward. greatness without offering any this month for her new campaign nomic message, pointing to an presidential contest.
The interview comes amid a evidence of goodness. memoir, What Happened. Many op-ed he wrote in USA Today in Virginia has seen too many
campaign blitz for Kaine 13 For Kaine, a harmonica-play- Democrats are dreading having to which he said Democrats should people like Donald Trump in our
events in three days with Northam ing former missionary whose relive the 2016 nightmare. focus on growth and touted what history demagogues who didnt
and the states Democratic candi- aw-shucks demeanor during the Kaine says hes been in touch has become the partys new slogan, understand the virtue of the Jeffer-
dates for lieutenant governor and presidential race earned him a with Clinton a number of times Better skills, better jobs and bet- sonian equality principle, he says.
attorney general, Justin Fairfax and reputation as Americas dad, this over the phone, text and email since ter wages. Weve seen Donald Trump before.
Mark Herring. Its a bit of a warm- is about the most stinging invective the election. But the senator, who But Kaine says hes not putting In this state, weve put it behind us.
up act for the senator, whos using hes willing to hurl at a president tries to get through a book a week, himself forward as the one to lead Weve shut the door.
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Gillibrand seeks a delay on transgender troop ban


DEFENSE from page 1
administration on several issues.
We have some controver-
sial amendments, McCain told
POLITICO. We always do.
One of the most high-profile
amendment fights could be over
Trumps decision to reinstate a ban
on transgender troops.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
has filed an amendment to delay
forcing transgender individu-
als out of the military or altering
their health benefits until Defense
Secretary James Mattis completes
a review of the issue.
Trump formally reinstated the
ban on transgender service mem-
bers in August and gave Mattis
six months to submit a plan to
implement the new policy, which
prohibits funding for most gender-
reassignment surgeries. Trump
would also leave the decision of
whether to remove currently serv-
ing transgender troops to Mattis.
Several lawsuits have been filed to
stop the ban.
McCain, for his part, has sig-
naled support for waiting until the
Pentagon completes its review to
put any new policy in place.
It would be a step in the wrong
direction to force currently serving
transgender individuals to leave
the military solely on the basis of
their gender identity rather than
medical and readiness standards MANUEL BALCE CENETA/AP
that should always be at the heart Sen. John McCain has signaled support for waiting until the Pentagon completes its review on transgender troops to put any new policy in place, but
of Department of Defense person- McCain and other defense hawks will oppose Sen. Rand Pauls amendment to repeal war resolutions enacted in 2001 and 2002.
nel policy, the senator said last
month.
Meanwhile, Sen. Rand Paul (R- come the legal underpinning for the Pauls amendment could be a The Pentagon, citing the cost of gons request for base closures in
Ky.) is trying to use the defense bill entire U.S. war on terror, including tough vote for some senators who maintaining unneeded infrastruc- recent years, citing the hefty cost
to force Congress to debate its war current military operations in Iraq have called for a new AUMF, but it ture, claims a new round of base re- of the 2005 BRAC round.
powers something lawmakers and Syria. The 2002 AUMF autho- will meet fierce opposition from alignment and closure, or BRAC, Still, McCain argued in an in-
have been ducking for years despite rized the war in Iraq and has never McCain and other defense hawks would save up to $2 billion a year. terview that his new proposal is
calls by members of both parties to been explicitly repealed. who oppose setting limits on the B u t M c C a i ns a n d R e e ds gaining traction.
take up the issue. Everybody up here acts all high president. amendment will likely be an up- I think theres growing sup-
Paul is pushing an amendment and mighty like they want to vote McCain and his panels top Dem- hill fight, as lawmakers have been port for it, he said. But you never
that would repeal the 2001 and 2002 for a new AUMF, but the way youll ocrat, Jack Reed of Rhode Island, reluctant to allow the military to know, especially when its a home-
war resolutions after six months. do it is if you force the sunset of the are also pushing senators to grant begin a planning effort that could town issue.
The 2001 authorization for use of old ones, Paul said. So my bill the militarys request to shutter put their home-state bases at risk
military force was passed ahead of would actually force a debate on bases an extremely controversial of closure. Burgess Everett contributed to this
the war in Afghanistan and has be- an AUMF. issue across the political spectrum. Congress has denied the Penta- report.

President takes travel-ban exemption fight back to SCOTUS


BY JOSH GERSTEIN of cases related to the ban. on the happenstance that they the lower courts. Due to court rul- sions are capped by fiscal year,
The Trump administration is At issue are about 24,000 refu- had reached a later stage of the ings, grandparents, aunts, uncles which ends Sept. 30. Trump could
returning to the Supreme Court gees who have been assigned to U.S. administrative process in which and cousins have been immune try to block or reduce the admis-
in an effort to overturn lower court refugee resettlement agencies but the government routinely obtains from the ban for the past couple sion of refugees after that date by
rulings crimping the application of not yet given final approval to de- assurances. of months, so those seeking vi- setting that allocation to zero or a
President Donald Trumps travel part for the U.S. Justice Anthony Kennedy issued sas may have been aware of the low figure.
ban executive order. U.S. District Court Judge Derrick a temporary stay Monday afternoon legal fight and have already got- President Barack Obama had set
Justice Department lawyers Watson agreed with the State of that essentially freezes the status ten them. the cap for this year at 110,000,
asked the high court Monday to al- Hawaii and advocates for refugees quo. Without such an action, Wat- And with the six-country visa although for budget and capacity
low authorities to keep up a block on that the assignment to an American sons order would have kicked in ban set to run out Sept. 24, few visa reasons far fewer refugees were
many refugees covered by Trumps agency was a sufficient connection Tuesday, with the administration applicants would be affected even expected to be admitted. Trump
ban. to a U.S. entity to qualify for the required to dramatically increase if the courts narrowed the family attempted to lower the cap to
However, the administration temporary travel-ban reprieve the its admission of refugees. exemption. 50,000 for this year, but court
threw in the towel for now on ef- Supreme Court ordered in June Kennedy ordered Hawaiis attor- In the Monday filing, Wall noted rulings have effectively blocked
forts to insist that grandparents, when it agreed to decide the broader neys to respond by noon Tuesday that the Supreme Court previously that move.
aunts, uncles and cousins of U.S. legality of the travel ban. and said the temporary stay will declined a request from the federal T he g loba l ref ugee h a lt i n
citizens be covered by the ban de- Justice Department lawyers ar- remain in place pending a further government to block the family- Trumps revised executive order
spite the Supreme Court order- gued against that interpretation, order from him or the full court. related aspect of Watsons order. runs out in late October, about
ing an exemption for close family noting that it would fill the pipeline The revised travel ban Trump In addition, the lower courts two weeks after the scheduled
members. for refugee applicants and essen- issued in March suspends issu- line-drawing error in that regard oral arguments at the high court.
A federal judge in Hawaii ruled tially nullify the partial stay the ance of U.S. visas to residents of is less stark than their nullifica- A ruling in the presidents favor
against the federal government on high court granted in June in an six majority-Muslim countries tion of both the Orders refugee could empower him to reinstate
both issues in July. Last week, a 9th apparent compromise. for 90 days and halts admission of provisions and this Courts stays or extend the travel ban orders or
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel The Ninth Circuits decision refugees from across the globe for permitting implementation of to implement something similar on
declined to disturb that ruling. renders the June 26 stay func- 120 days. those provisions, he wrote as he a permanent basis.
The dispute taken to the justices tionally inoperative, acting So- Those clocks, which began run- explained why the family issue was Its also possible that the admin-
Monday addresses how much of the licitor General Jeff Wall argued in ning in late June, may have con- being dropped. istration could try to scuttle the le-
travel ban can be enforced until the the filing Monday. It makes no tributed to the administrations Thousands of refugees could be gal dispute by declaring the issues
Supreme Court rules on the broader sense to exempt from the Or- decision to give up on enforcing affected if the lower court rulings moot as a result of the expiration
issues. The justices are scheduled der the roughly 24,000 refugees the travel ban against the broader kick in, although the timing there of the key provisions of Trumps
to hear arguments Oct. 10 on a pair for whom assurances exist, based set of relatives given a reprieve by is also uncertain. Refugee admis- orders.
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Monument adds Senate


Judiciary staffer
Chan Park is leaving the Hill to
join Monument Policy Group
as a principal. Park spent the
past eight years working for the
Senate Judiciary Committee,
serving as general counsel to
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein,
the committees ranking
Democratic member, and before
that to Sen. Patrick Leahy
(D-Vt.) when he was ranking
member. Park will be lobbying
for Monument on issues at the
intersection of technology,
law and privacy, he said in an
interview, including government
surveillance, law enforcement
access to data and antitrust
issues. Before heading to the
Hill, Park worked as a federal
prosecutor in Maryland.
Q As a senior staffer, Park will be
banned from lobbying the Senate
for one year after leaving. He said
he wasnt worried about heading
downtown as a Democrat in
President Donald Trumps
Washington. (Monument is a
bipartisan firm; Stewart Verdery,
its founder, is a veteran of George
W. Bushs administration.)
National Association of
Manufacturers adds three
The National Association of
Manufacturers is beefing up its
communications team, adding
Michael Short as senior director
of strategic communications and
Andrew Clark as manager of digital
ALEX WONG/GETTY IMAGES communications. Short worked as
Some say Arkansas Rep. Steve Womack is the front-runner to become the next Budget Committee chairman. He is not the most senior member on the senior assistant press secretary at
panel, but he has a good reputation with leadership and conservatives alike and helped raise a boatload of money for the NRCC. the White House before resigning
during Anthony Scaramuccis
brief reign in the White House

Republicans eye Budget panels top slot press shop. Clark was previously
a contributing content editor at
Independent Journal Review and
before that worked for the National
VACANCY from page 1 Several senior Republican sources Woodall, a Georgia Republican, by cutting discretionary spending Republican Congressional
the chairmanship, Womack said. said the final deal might be a shell said his goal would be getting [the alone. Committee. The trade group has
These are very important times budget that simply includes in- committee] out of the messaging With the deficits were talking also hired Chris Netram, a former
for our majority and I think the structions for tax reform but makes business and translating that into about, it is absolutely important to staffer for Rep. Vern Buchanan
Budget Committee will be very no major cuts to mandatory spend- action, along with tackling budget have the conversation about whats (R-Fla.), as vice president for tax
critical in establishing the right ing programs, as the Houses cur- process reform. going on on the mandatory side, and domestic economic policy, and
framework whereby a sustainable rent draft proposes. That would In the minority, you think of a he said. promoted Keith Smith to senior
fiscal policy can be crafted that can meet with stiff resistance from messaging document. In the ma- Womack also argued that the vice president for public affairs and
reach many of the outcomes that conservatives, who were promised jority, it is a framework for how to budget is critical for tax reform. mobilization and Jennifer Drogus
a majority of our majority would by GOP leaders that they would not get things done, he said. So what Its important for Republicans to vice president for executive
like to see. have to vote on text that includes are those things we could get done to keep their eye on the collective operations and strategy.
The next chairman would take no serious reforms. together? My goal would be to find prize, and right now, if its not
the gavel at a critical time for Re- The next budget chairman will those items. health care, it has to be tax reform, Qatar brings on another
publicans. The party has failed to have to strike a tricky balance Womack is considered the front- he said. This [is] an area we cant lobbying firm
repeal Obamacare, fund Trumps between conservatives eager for runner because of his leadership stumble, so we need to be all hands Qatar has hired yet another
border wall, or otherwise secure spending cuts and House GOP experience. He sits on the deputy on deck on the vehicle that will give Washington lobbying firm, part
a single major legislative victory. leaders dealing with the more whip team and often exceeds dues us tax reform. of a multimillion-dollar push
Tax reform therefore looms large, moderate-minded Senate. to the NRCC something the Johnson of Ohio, an early Trump for influence as its diplomatic
with many in the GOP seeing it as Many thought Rep. Todd Rokita House Republican Steering Com- defender in the House, is also con- standoff with Saudi Arabia drags
a must-have to avoid a blood bath of Indiana Budget Committee mittee takes into account when sidering a bid for the chairmanship. into its fourth month. Qatar
in 2018. vice chairman would replace choosing chairmen. Elected in 2010, the former Air will pay Stonington Strategies
But to unlock the fast-tracking Black. But the budget wonk de- The former mayor, who spent 30 Force lieutenant colonel has always $50,000 per month to work on the
procedural tool enabling Republi- cided to run for Senate in Indiana years in the Army National Guard, kept a lower profile on the Hill but development and implement of
cans to circumvent the Senates 60- instead and is locking horns with would want to retain his post on the also has a good reputation with a government relations strategy,
vote threshold and pass a partisan Rep. Luke Messer in the hotly con- Appropriations Committee, where leadership. He currently serves as according to the contract filed
tax package, GOP lawmakers have tested primary. he is next in line for a subcommit- an NRCC vice chair. with the Justice Department. The
to pass an identical budget through The next two most-senior mem- tee gavel. A spot is opening up with I have dealt with budgets my contract lasts one year. Qatar has
the House and Senate. bers, Republican Reps. Tom Cole of Rep. Charlie Dent, an Appropria- entire life, whether it was on the added six other firms over the past
Thats where the new budget Oklahoma and Mario Diaz Balart of tions subcommittee chief, retiring mule farm, or in my Air Force ca- few months, including Avenue
chairman will be critical. Even if Florida, are both senior members of next year. reer, or as a corporate executive, Strategies Global; Information
the House clears Blacks fiscal blue- the Appropriations panel and dont Like many Budget Republicans, Johnson said, in making his pitch. Management Services; LEVICK;
print in the coming weeks, Senate want to give up their subcommit- Womack has admired Blacks work Passing a budget is foundational McDermott Will & Emery; Nelson
budget writers are expected to write tee gavels on the powerful spending on the current budget plan, which to our constitutional mandate. Mullins; and former Attorney
a much different plan, jump-start- committee. includes $200 billion in mandatory Theres not much thats more im- General John Ashcrofts firm.
ing a series of high-level bicameral Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) spending cuts thats garnered ap- portant in fact in the big scheme Some of those firms have hired
negotiations between budget chair- and Woodall come next, and sourc- plause from conservatives. Wom- of things than passing a budget, subcontractors as well. Over the
men about what a deal might look es say both are interested, though ack says hed like to continue in balancing a budget and managing summer, Qatar was spending at
like. McClintocks office did not respond that vein, arguing that reducing the our nations financial and fiscal least $1.7 million per month.
There will be plenty of drama. to request for comment. national debt cannot be satisfied health. Theodoric Meyer
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2020 Democratic hopefuls follow trail Bernie blazed


LIBERALS from page 1 organizing campaign like the one nationwide run within Sanders
Steve Bullock are hiring political Sanders ran nationwide. political lane. After falling short
teams. Even a handful of mayors Sanders lone Senate endorser with a 2016 Senate bid, Kander
have started getting into the action. in 2016, Merkley is also taking launched a voting rights group and
Indeed, the lions share of activ- far more advanced steps toward quickly became a mainstay in the
ity among potential 2020 hopefuls a potential bid than is widely state Democratic Party speaking
so far is on the progressive end of recognized. circuit. Hes made multiple visits
the Democratic spectrum an For months, Merkley has been to both New Hampshire which
indication of a broader ideological convening liberal outside groups he quietly visited last week to have
swing in a party struggling to be in his Senate office every two drinks with the board of the Young
seen as more populist. weeks to help guide the messag- Democrats group and Iowa.
The maneuvers shed light not ing and tactics of the Trump op- Activists immediately ascribed
only on the contours of Democrats position. Beginning as an effort to presidential intentions to his
aggressive march toward 2020, but talk about pressuring a President groups move last month to open
also how fundamentally Sanders Hillary Clinton on Cabinet picks, field offices in Iowa, New Hamp-
2016 bid reshaped ambitious pols Merkleys meetings have turned shire and fellow early-voting state
views of what arguments break into convening points for sena- Nevada, dispatching his former
through in the age of President tors including Warren, Sanders, campaign manager to run the show
Donald Trump. Harris, Murphy, Booker and other in Iowa.
Of the names being talked about possible 2020 hopefuls like Ohios And Garcetti, who visited New
[California Sen. Kamala] Harris, Sherrod Brown, in addition to Ha- Hampshire last month, isnt the
[Los Angeles Mayor Eric] Garcetti, waiis Brian Schatz. only mayor making moves.
[Connecticut Sen. Chris] Murphy, Merkley is also increasing his New York City Mayor Bill de Bla-
[New York Sen. Kirsten] Gillibrand, presence in early voting states. sio has talked to political allies and
and a long list of others almost After placing an op-ed in The Des donors about carving out a broader
all have staked out positions on Moines Register just before Labor national stature after whats ex-
Medicare-for-all, immigration Day praising Iowas long, proud pected to be a wide reelection vic-
and the economy which are more populist tradition and noting its tory later this year, pitching the
progressive than any Democratic outsized role in national politics idea of doing a speaking tour all
nominee since 1972, said Howard the second-term senator swung over the country.
Dean, a former Vermont governor through Iowas capital over the Even Pete Butt ig ieg t he
and Democratic National Commit- weekend for an event hosted by 35-year-old mayor of South Bend,
tee chairman who ran for president the Progress Iowa group and town Indiana, who this year ran unsuc-
as a liberal insurgent in 2004. hall-style meetings with students cessfully to lead the Democratic
Its about damn time, added at Harkins institute at Drake National Committee is taking a
retired Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, the University. run at it, with four events in central
liberal stalwart who ran for presi- Merkley who, like Sanders, Iowa over the weekend.
dent in 1992. keeps in touch with Harkin also Well stand up to a president
Across the country, Democratic scheduled roughly half a dozen pri- who cheapens the most respected
pols have flocked to embrace many PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS/AP vate weekend meetings with local office in our land with the heart of
of the policy proposals that animat- Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker are two of the many liberal donors and liberal activists who are a miser, the mind of a cheater, and
ed Sanders 2016 campaign, from Democrats laying the groundwork for a possible 2020 presidential run. central to the nominating process. the soul of a schoolyard bully, But-
increasing the minimum wage to But with Democrats viewing tigieg said there on Sunday.
lightening college debt loads. And Trump as vulnerable, and upstart Centrist Democrats have for
in the Senate, the health care debate shire repeatedly this summer. Iowa, Democratic Party Chairman progressives feeding off grass- months chafed at the notion that
has revealed a similar dynamic: po- Sanders who remains in touch Bret Nilles. That wing of the party roots energy, the list of potential Sanders ideas and politics are as-
tential 2020 hopefuls Harris, War- with Harkin, and whose top two is starting to become more vocal left-leaning contenders goes far cendant within the party.
ren, Merkley, Gillibrand and New 2016 Iowa operatives are back in the and more engaged. beyond the traditional Senate and But so far before the voting pro-
Jersey Sen. Cory Booker have an- state has also made political trips Aside from Sanders, Warren gubernatorial routes. cess formally starts, the potential
nounced they will co-sponsor their to battleground states including is the most prominent potential Theres a big reset happening in left-wing contenders have faced
Vermont colleagues Medicare-for- Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan. prog ressive contender, much the Democratic Party right now, so little blowback.
all bill, and Murphy has proposed But his presence hasnt stopped as in the run-up to 2016, when you might as well get out there, For too long, liberals, progres-
an alternative to a single-payer other potential presidential hope- pieces of the apparatus dedicated said Sean Bagniewski, chairman sives, whatever you want to call
system while praising Sanders. fuls from moving toward running, to drafting her turned into the of Iowas Polk County Democratic them, have been following the
Sanders still looms large enough even as they are quick to give him basis for Sanders campaign. She Party. People who are calling Iowa polls to a deleterious effect. Theyre
that for Democrats considering partial credit for forcing the party is holding donor meetings, hav- have three traits: Theyre a new chasing poll numbers around, said
presidential runs, the first ques- to move left. ing sit-downs with influential face in some ways, theyre bolder Harkin, embracing the shift.
tion they must consider is how a The primary electorates expec- activists and making speeches to in their message they know were Politics is essentially winning
potential Sanders bid would affect tations have started moving as well, liberal groups like those gathered not going to beat Trump by being the hearts and minds of people,
their own campaign, said multiple according to party officials in in- at last months Netroots Nation Trump, but times are drastic and and you cant win the hearts and
leading Democratic operatives. The fluential states. conference. In the run-up to her theres a much more economic fo- minds of people by telling them
Vermont independent has refused Its migrating that way due to 2018 reelection and possible 2020 cus than ever before. that youve lost yours, and could
to rule out a 2020 run and has made the influence of Bernie Sanders and bid, she has also brought on new Former Missouri Secretary of they please point you in the right
political waves by visiting early the impact he had of drawing in that digital staffers in a likely prelude State Jason Kander, for one, has told direction. And thats what weve
voting states Iowa and New Hamp- group of people, said Linn County, to a grass-roots fundraising and donors he sees room for a possible been doing.

California, three other states file suit against Trump over DACA
BY DAVID SIDERS and mean-spirited, arguing it ments who have depended on the
LOS A NGELES Ca lifornia and violates due process provisions of economic success of the DACA
three other states on Monday the Constitution and would hurt program.
added to a barrage of states chal- the economy in the nations most The Trump administration has
lenging President Donald Trumps populous state. said the Obama-era executive order
decision to rescind protections for You dont become the sixth- is unconstitutional, while Trump
undocumented people brought largest economy in the world just said last week that he will delay
to the United States illegally as because, Becerra said. It just so ending DACA for six months to give
children. happens that one of every four of lawmakers time to craft a legisla-
The lawsuit, in which California the DACA recipients in this country tive solution to protect so-called
was joined by Minnesota, Mary- some 200,000 live and work Dreamers.
land and Maine, comes five days and call California their home, and More than 200,000 DACA re-
after 15 states and the District of theyve been helping California be- cipients live in California, about
Columbia initially filed charges to come the sixth-largest economy in one i n ever y fou r recipients
defend the Obama-era Deferred the world. nationwide.
Action for Childhood Arrivals He said repealing DACA would The University of California and
program. unfairly punish productive, law- its president, Janet Napolitano,
Flanked by two DACA recipi- abiding young people and that the on Friday filed a separate lawsuit
ents in Sacramento, California economic cost of deporting them against the administration in an DON THOMPSON/AP
Attorney General Xavier Becerra would be felt by California busi- attempt to preserve the DACA California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said DACA recipients have
called Trumps order unlawful nesses, California local govern- program. helped his state become one of the largest economies in the world.
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Ex-Sessions aides paths diverge in Trumps W.H.


Miller, Dearborn have
contrasting styles
BY ANDREW RESTUCCIA,
NANCY COOK AND JOSH DAWSEY
In Donald Trumps White House,
few tales about power are more in-
structive than the story of Jeff Ses-
sions two former top aides.
Both Stephen Miller, Trumps se-
nior policy adviser, and Rick Dear-
born, a White House deputy chief
of staff, started out in the same
place as top congressional aides
in Sessions Senate office. Together,
they worked as Trump campaign
advisers and then won senior ad-
ministration jobs.
But while Miller has rapidly
accumulated power in the West
Wing by personally advising the
president on high-profile policy
questions, such as immigration,
and publicly defending Trump on
television and in the briefing room,
Dearborn has become increasingly
marginalized, having struggled to
form a close bond with the presi-
dent, new chief of staff John Kelly
and Trumps family.
Their diverging stock in the ad-
ministration offers a case study
in how to thrive in Trumps West
Wing. Among the lessons: The
president often responds to aides
who mirror his big personality,
while wallflowers tend to be ig-
nored. And the president deeply
values loyalty to himself, with
little interest in the relationships SUSAN WALSH/AP
top aides and other staffers bring Trump deputy chief of staff for policy Rick Dearborn (left) and senior policy adviser Stephen Miller have contrasting styles since they left the Senate
into the West Wing. But getting office of now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to join the West Wing: Dearborn is low prole, while Miller is an outspoken defender of Trump on TV.
close to the president has its risks,
as the long list of former Trump
White House aides shows. Short operates largely on his own. Wing. As a result, he has fielded a pected to stay. Trump has improved slightly since
This account is based on inter- When Katie Walsh, who was range of complaints from Cabinet One senior administration offi- July, when the president was openly
views with nearly a dozen admin- also a deputy chief of staff, left secretaries, according to two ad- cial said Dearborns future in the berating him on Twitter. But as
istration officials, outside advisers the White House, Dearborn tem- ministration officials, who added White House is unstable but added Sessions influence in Trumps orbit
to the president and associates of porarily took over Trumps sched- that he does not have the kind of that hes likely safe for now. reached a low point this summer,
Miller and Dearborn. Dearborn and ule. But that job, which one White close personal relationship with In contrast, Miller has a warmer Millers cachet was actually surg-
Miller declined to be interviewed House aide said had turned into Trump that Miller has. relationship with Kelly. The two ing. Two administration officials
for this article, and a White House a monster task, has since been Rick is a steady hand who you worked closely together on immi- said Miller distanced himself from
spokeswoman did not respond to transferred to Joe Hagin, another can talk to over there, said Trent gration issues during Kellys stint Sessions at the height of Trumps
requests for comment. deputy chief of staff, according to Lott, a lobbyist and former Sen- as homeland security secretary and anger with the former Alabama
Dearborn, who served as the top two administration officials. Now, ate majority leader. He knows all sometimes spoke several times a senator.
staffer in Sessions Senate office for Dearborn largely focuses on inter- the chiefs of staffs and the deputy day about immigration policy. Miller, according to one senior
more than a decade and is now one acting with outside groups. chiefs on the Hill. And as Kelly works to impose White House aide, has risen to a
of three deputy chiefs of staff, chose Dearborns relationship with Dearborn also has quietly popu- order on the chaotic White House, status thats beyond Sessions.
early on to keep a low profile so as Attorney General Sessions, the lated the administration with al- an increasingly isolated Trump has Lately, however, Kelly has sought
not to make enemies in the cut- former Alabama senator, has also lies from his time on Capitol Hill, turned to the few people he trusts in to curb Millers access to Trump.
throat West Wing. He rarely grants sometimes put him in an awkward according to sources close to him, the West Wing. Miller, seen as one White House aides have sometimes
interviews and prefers to stay out position. including Jeff Freeland, a former of the last remaining conservatives blamed Miller, a fanatical Breitbart
of the headlines, according to aides Advisers outside the W hite deputy chief of staff to Rep. Chris in the White House, built a close News reader, for passing along bad
and people close to him. He has told House urged Dearborn to try and Collins (R-N.Y.) who is now at the relationship with Trump during the information to the president, and
associates that he sees his longevity help make peace between Sessions Office of Management and Budget; campaign and is often a sounding he can no longer put printed-out
at the White House as connected and Trump, but he didnt get in- and G. Payne Griffin, a former Ses- board for the president. Breitbart articles on Trumps desk.
to staying out of the news media. volved in directly mediating the sions staffer now the deputy chief of Millers influence with the presi- Miller was also partially respon-
That ensured that he would never disputes between the two, even staff at the Office of the U.S. Trade dent has rarely been stronger than sible for drafting the White Houses
outshine the president, a big no-no as he was rattled by the presi- Representative. in the past few weeks, when, ac- first unsuccessful immigration and
in this White House, but it also ren- dents public attacks on Sessions I would not knock Ricks power cording to two administration of- travel ban, which was halted by the
ders him invisible to the president, through the media and on Twitter, base because he is not in the clips ficials, he joined with Sessions, his court system and is now seen as the
who loves to see aides including according to people familiar with or the ebbs and flows of news ar- former boss, to persuade Trump to first major policy gaffe of the fledg-
Miller defending his policies on the talks. ticles, said one source close to end the Obama-era Deferred Action ling administration. But Miller is
TV. Thats increasingly turned Instead, he subtly tried to help Dearborn. He is able to maintain for Childhood Arrivals program, nonetheless seen as untouchable in
Dearborn into a bit player in the Sessions by making sure the presi- relationships on the Hill, and that is which protects undocumented im- the West Wing, thanks to his per-
White House, leaving some ad- dent was aware of everything that harder for the flashier characters to migrants who entered the country formances defending the president
ministration officials to wonder Sessions was doing at the Depart- develop those relationships. as minors. and the personal ties he has culti-
how long hell stick around. ment of Justice to advance Trumps Dearborn has a cordial, but not Miller and Sessions mounted a vated with Trump.
Dearborn has faced a series of agenda. particularly close, relationship with fierce behind-the-scenes campaign W hile Miller and Dearborn
setbacks since joining the White He worked to make sure good Kelly, according to White House to persuade Trump to end DACA, worked side by side on the Hill,
House. news was getting to the president, aides. Kellys decision to name as arguing repeatedly that the admin- White House aides say theyve
Early on, he gunned for the leg- said a former Senate staffer who principal deputy chief of staff his istration couldnt defend the policy rarely gotten in each others way
islative affairs director job, accord- knows Dearborn. If the AG was former top aide at the Department in court and that maintaining the in the White House.
ing to two people familiar with the working hard to crack down on of Homeland Security, Kirstjen program would break his campaign They are not in competition
issue. But that went to Marc Short MS-13, Dearborn wanted to make Nielsen, was seen as a setback for promises. Trump, who had wavered for power, said one White House
instead, in a blow to Dearborn, after sure that the president was hearing Dearborn. for months over DACA, ultimately official, but instead have carved
Vice President Mike Pence pulled that. He kept saying Were making While Dearborn and Kelly are sided with Sessions and Miller and out drastically different lanes for
rank and indicated that he wanted sure he is seeing the good news. not close, Dearborn has been given moved to kill the program, but he that power.
one of his people in that spot. Short Since joining the White House, increased power over the office of gave Congress six months to come
technically reports to Dearborn, Dearborn has acted as a key link be- public liaison and part of the White up with a legislative solution. Tara Palmeri contributed to this
but the sources said that in practice tween federal agencies and the West House political operation and is ex- Sessions relationship with report.
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How California could jolt the 2020 presidential race


Primary could upend well be to Trumps advantage.
An earlier California primary
nomination process might irk political honchos in the
first four voting states Iowa, New
BY DAVID SIDERS Hampshire, Nevada and South
AND GABRIEL DEBENEDETTI Carolina but it would also put a
LOS ANGELES California is pushing new premium on specific kinds of
forward with a plan to change the candidates who might not tend to
states primary date from June to emerge from the early stages of the
March, a move that could scramble process in other years.
the 2020 presidential nominating First, candidates who are able
contest and swing the early weight to raise more money early on will
of the campaign to the West. likely welcome the change, since
If adopted by the Legislature California is a notoriously expen-
this week as is widely expected sive state in which to compete,
and signed into law by Gov. Jerry given its size and multiple televi-
Brown, the early primary would al- sion markets.
locate Californias massive haul of Fowler said a retail candidate
delegates just after the nations first cannot compete in California
contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, its just physically and financially
Nevada and South Carolina. impossible. And across the state
The earlier primary could benefit line from California in Nevada,
at least two potential presidential which could get more face time
contenders from California U.S. from candidates on their swings
Sen. Kamala Harris and Los An- west, former Clark County Dem-
geles Mayor Eric Garcetti and ocratic Party Chairman Chris
jeopardize the prospects of other Miller said an earlier California
candidates who will struggle to primary would hugely change the
raise enough early money to com- complexion of the presidential
pete in expensive media markets in nominating contest.
the nations most populous state. Californias an expensive state
In all probability, the winner of to play in, he said. Obviously,
the California primary would be the because of several different high-
nominee, said Don Fowler, a for- dollar media markets, and obvi-
mer Democratic National Commit- ously, just the size of the state and
tee chairman from South Carolina. CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES being able to campaign in it that
While acknowledging that a lot Sen. Kamala Harris is one of the people who could benet by an earlier primary in California. The California early in the race would definitely
of this rationale this far in advance Democrats name has been oated as a potential contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. hammer out anybody whos not or-
just is completely wrong, Fowler ganized or doesnt have the ability
said: The implications for the flow to organize.
of the winnowing process [of can- crowded. Bob Mulholland, a longtime Ive gone to Iowa. Its amazing And as a more diverse state than
didates] is very significant in mov- Politically powerful Californians Democratic strategist in Califor- to see in a small setting people ac- many of the other important ones
ing California. such as Brown, Sen. Dianne Fein- nia, has warned against moving tually get the chance to touch and in the early primary process, Cali-
California for years has sought stein or former Sen. Barbara Boxer up the primary. He said a decisive feel and vet candidates, he said. fornia could also elevate Hispanic
to exert greater influence in presi- stand to become informal king- vote in California could depress But we want to make sure thats and African-American candidates
dential elections. Despite its size, makers if they choose to wade into primary turnout in later-voting done in diverse states and big states at a time when multiple minority
the state has been a relative after- the primary. And an earlier primary states, damaging Democrats turn- like California that, you know, like figures are considering presiden-
thought in national campaigns, would also increase the likelihood out operations in other states that, in the Senate, our vote isnt watered tial runs, including Harris, New
marginalized not only because of that national figures interested in while smaller, are more critical to down. Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, former
its late primary, but also because of 2020 could weigh in on the 2018 Democrats in the general election Its not just Harris and Garcetti Housing Secretary Julin Castro,
the high cost of campaigning here. governors race in an attempt to than solidly blue California. who could stand to benefit from an and former Massachusetts Gov.
In 2008, the state tried to change build name recognition, get donor It has a big potential to shut the earlier primary in their home state. Deval Patrick.
that by holding a February prima- face time and collect political allies primary system down and to ba- San Francisco billionaire environ- Finally, noted Richardson, it
ry. But more than 20 other states ahead of their presidential runs. sically eliminate primaries in any mentalist Tom Steyer has refused could give Westerners a larger piece
also moved up their contests in Already a top fundraising des- state in May or June, he said. to rule out a run of his own after of the process.
response, and while California tination for presidential hopefuls But the legislation awaiting a increasing his name recognition in Democrats have never nominated
drew a competitive race, the out- of both parties, California might vote in Sacramento has faced little California with television ads last someone from the West to lead their
come was not decisive Hillary become an even more significant opposition and, with passage nearly year, and both Sens. Bernie Sanders presidential ticket, but a handful
Clinton won the primary here but fundraising center for campaigns certain, no lobbying from Harris or of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of party members from that part
lost the nomination. that can convince donors their Garcetti. Democratic consultants in of Massachusetts are also popular of the country might run in 2020,
They can change the dates all money will be spent in-state. Cali- California said an earlier primary among Californians. including Govs. John Hickenlooper
they want weve tried this over fornia would also likely see far more could benefit those candidates but While the Democratic Party of Colorado, Steve Bullock of Mon-
and over and over, and it has not public appearances from potential noted that they would still have opens its California primary to in- tana, Jay Inslee of Washington and
worked, said Tony Quinn, a po- candidates who could easily tack to perform well in the first four dependent voters, the Republican Jeff Merkley of Oregon, in addition
litical analyst and former Repub- on speeches and rallies to their contests. Party does not. And despite wide- to the Californians.
lican legislative aide in California. behind-closed-doors West Coast Theyd still have to run the spread disdain for Donald Trump in Lawmakers in Washington state
I think what youre dealing with fundraising swings. gamut, Skelton said. A scenario this heavily Democratic state, the have discussed holding an earlier
are politicians who dont have any In the past, New York and Cali- where a Garcetti or Harris came out GOP is no more likely in California primary, and former Oregon Sec-
memory. fornia, for Democratic candidates, of Iowa, New Hampshire and South than elsewhere to abandon the Re- retary of State Jeanne Atkins said
The 2008 Democratic primary were just states where you raise Carolina kind of weak, its not go- publican president. a move by California could spur
in California was relatively muted a conversation in her state about
in part because of Clintons deep primary timing. But Atkins, chair-
fundraising and political ties here woman of Oregons Democratic
and a relatively small field of can- In all probability, the winner of the California primary Party, said the 2020 primary sched-
didates. But the 2020 Democratic ule is generally not on peoples ra-
field is shaping up to be many times would be the nominee. dar screens at the moment.
larger. Across the country from Cali-
Don Fowler Former DNC chairman from South Carolina.
Karen Skelton, a Sacramento- fornia, New Hampshire Secretary
based political strategist who of State Bill Gardner said he does
worked in Bill Clintons White not have any beef with Califor-
House, said that after the 2008 nia setting a primary date in March.
experience, Itd be interesting to money, explained former New ing to be convincing that they could Republican Party turnout still But he warned it is impossible to
see what California would do with Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who take California. They still have a looks in general like Republican predict whether an earlier or later
a wide-open primary field where ran for president in 2008. Both, lot to prove. turnout in other states, said Rob primary will be advantageous in
there was no clear front-runner. because of their lateness in the Garcetti, who traveled to New Stutzman, a Republican consultant 2020.
By hosting an earlier primary, primary, were not significant, so Hampshire last month to campaign who worked on anti-Trump efforts Recalling Californias previous
California could immediately it changes California to becoming for a Democrat running for mayor in California in 2016. massaging of the primary sched-
gain significant clout in the par- a major, major state for the party, of Manchester, told POLITICO re- Stutzman, who said there is a ule, he said, California has moved
tys nominating process, since which is healthy because it just, cently that in primary scheduling, good chance he will work for a up and moved back, and theyve
the states proportionate delegate in the past, has been a dumping Im more concerned about whats Republican challenger to Trump moved up, and Im not sure any
haul could prove decisive in a 2020 ground for fundraising. Yet its a best for all Americans, not just in 2020, said the expense of cam- of them have turned out the way
field thats likely to be historically state thats a trend-setter. whats best for our state. paigning in California could very people thought.
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OPINION

Is U.S. technology policy advancing Chinas power?


Beijing uses a range of and with a level of information
tools to overtake U.S. sharing that could not occur
absent a centralized, dedicated
effort. Like combating terrorism,
BY DANIEL KLIMAN safeguarding technological
AND HARRY KREJSA security requires cutting across

S
ixty years ago this fall, bureaucratic lines and will
the Soviet Union shocked depend on both domestically and
the world by launching internationally oriented agencies.
into orbit Earths first artificial Like the NCTC, an effective
satellite, Sputnik 1. The National Economic Competition
beach ball-sized spacecraft Center would convene key
was an astounding scientific players from relevant agencies
achievement, one previously such as the Departments
thought beyond the reach of of Defense, Commerce and
Moscow. As Sputnik circled Treasury, along with the U.S.
the globe and emitted radio Trade Representative, the FBI,
signals detectable by anyone and the rest of the intelligence
with a short-wave receiver, the community. It would pool
American public experienced information from across the
a crisis of confidence over government and leverage big
their countrys standing in data to track Chinese efforts to
the world and its Cold War acquire U.S. technology.
competitiveness. The National Economic
We know the rest of the Competition Center would also
story. American scientists and play a decisive role in CFIUS.
policymakers were shaken out Possessing the best sight
of the complacent assumption picture on Chinas economic
that their technological edge activities, it would review CFIUS
was insurmountable. American recommendations involving
government, universities Chinese firms and wield a veto
and industry mobilized for over decisions by the current
a competition of scientific membership. The NECC would
innovation and won. also recommend technologies
In recent months, China MARK SCHIEFELBEIN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES requiring additional scrutiny by
has quietly given the United Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the 2017 BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China, on Sept. 5. China uses a variety CFIUS, and in cases involving
States a series of new Sputnik of tools to extract U.S. innovations without having to break any laws or rewalls, the authors write. Chinese companies, monitor
Moments not as dramatic as a compliance with CFIUS
radio beacon from overhead, but mitigation agreements, which
just as significant as a challenge and development are essential, in key advanced technology administration. But leaving commit parties in a transaction
to American technological but will succeed only if the sectors like semiconductor aside illegal cyber theft, China to taking special actions to
leadership. And as U.S. debates United States simultaneously development and manufacturing. can exploit many legal vehicles address national security
have focused on trade deficits and addresses Chinas sweeping and Chinese corporations have also to acquire U.S. technology. As concerns.
recovering manufacturing jobs, ambitious effort to acquire U.S. opened research centers in the a result, the United States must An NECC could also serve
Beijing has achieved the scientific technology. United States to tap American treat this problem differently as a repository for pooling
and technological feats that Unlike the Cold War, todays talent and made early-stage than traditional industrial information from firms targeted
herald its arrival as an innovation cutting-edge technology investments in American espionage. by Chinas efforts to acquire
superpower. These Sputnik development in the U.S. occurs startups focused on cutting- This starts with changing how their intellectual property. It
Moments extend across multiple largely in the commercial sector, edge technologies like artificial the U.S. government organizes could function as a one-stop
industries, from communications and often through cross-border intelligence and robotics. A small for economic competition. resource for companies under
technology to renewable energy. collaboration. This means that Silicon Valley venture might As currently structured, pressure by China to trade away
Collectively, they pose a risk technology breakthroughs in find access to their intellectual the Committee on Foreign their intellectual property, and
to Americas future economic the United States can benefit property a minor price to pay Investment in the United recommend policy actions to give
dynamism, as well as its military economic competitors for for a game-changing capital States, a body set up to review U.S. companies the backing they
superiority. example, China has built on infusion. foreign investments for national need. In addition, the director
This August, China CRISPR gene editing, which was Failing to address Chinas security consequences, is not of the NECC would regularly
successfully tested the invented in the United States. efforts to acquire U.S. equipped for the task. CFIUS meet with technology industry
worlds first quantum satellite Indeed, Beijing has in recent technology will have far- lacks the resources for its current CEOs and Silicon Valley venture
communication relying years benefited by acquiring reaching consequences. The caseload, and is overly focused capitalists to ensure the U.S.
on the physics of quantum U.S. intellectual property to Commission on the Theft of on individual transactions rather government strikes the right
entanglement to send and receive leapfrog traditional research American Intellectual Property than larger trends. Smaller balance between protecting
provably secure messages. and development costs and estimates that piracy, theft and transactions like those early Americas technology edge and
While the United States faces timelines. Although the threat counterfeiting by China costs investments in cutting-edge maintaining the level of openness
a regulatory morass around of illegal Chinese cyber theft the U.S. economy from $225 startups fall below the radar. required for the U.S. innovation
the world-shaking potential is well known, China is also billion to $600 billion a year, In many ways, the U.S. ecosystem to thrive.
of CRISPR gene-editing employing a variety of tools or up to 3 percent of the entire governments current Recalling that U.S.-Soviet
technologies, China last year designed to extract U.S. U.S. gross domestic product. organization for economic technological rivalry contributed
announced seven human trials to achievements in innovation In the long term, the costs competition replicates many to the modern age through space
treat cancer and other ailments. without having to break grow only more daunting. If of the failures that plagued exploration, materials science
As coal finds itself again at any laws or firewalls. These scientific advances in quantum counterterrorism efforts prior and advanced computing, the
the center of the American tools range from coercive communications, artificial to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. United States should boldly
energy policy debate, Chinas trade practices to structured intelligence, biotechnology, Expertise, authorities and embrace economic competition
photovoltaic capacity has surged. corporate finance. For example, energy and battery technology information are diffused across with China. Now is the time to
In just the first six months of in exchange for access to increasingly move to China, so the government. This precludes organize to win.
2017, China added new solar Chinas massive and fast- will the future industries and a strategic approach, creates The alternative is to continue
energy generation capacity equal growing market, Beijing has jobs that will accompany dangerous bureaucratic seams, on the present course one in
to half of the United States entire required some U.S. companies them. Moreover, future U.S. and hinders swift action to which China leverages Americas
installed solar base at the end of to trade away their intellectual military advantage depends counter a fluid and evolving technology to ultimately become
2016. property or engage in forced on Americas continued challenge. the world leader in innovation.
These largely overlooked joint ventures with local technological leadership. If For these reasons, the
Sputnik Moments have thus Chinese firms. These shotgun China outpaces the United United States should consider Daniel Kliman is senior fellow
far failed to galvanize a U.S. corporate marriages can be States in innovation, loss of establishing a National for Asia-Pacific Security at
response. little more than involuntary Americas military edge in the Economic Competition Center the Center for a New American
In fact, they underscore technology transfers imposed Asia-Pacific, if not globally, modeled after the National Security in Washington, D.C.,
the need for action to sustain on U.S. companies seeking new could follow. Counterterrorism Center. and until July 2017 served in the
Americas innovation edge. sources of growth. Much has been made of U.S. Established in the years after Department of Defense. Harry
Improving the quality of the In the United States, China efforts to combat cyber-enabled the 2001 attacks, the NCTC was Krejsa is the Bacevich Fellow at
U.S. education system and has adopted less heavy-handed Chinese economic espionage, built on the premise that terror CNAS, and previously served on
ensuring sufficient government tactics. Its companies are including the 2015 agreement threats require swift cooperation the Congressional Joint Economic
funding for long-term research attempting to acquire U.S. firms concluded by the Obama across the U.S. government Committee staff.
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