ALARM … THE PRESIDENT meets this morning at 11.30 am SPEAKER PAUL RYAN and SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL Government funding, the end September expires. We wrote about this tight timeline at the top of yesterday's Playbook. As we noted earlier, Congress today – including today – has 13 legislature days to prevent a shutdown.
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RECIPIENT OF THE DAY … CAT ROGERS and MAGGIE HABERMAN … WHITE HOUSE MEMO at A13 of the NYT: "CNN on television aboard the Air Force Discovers One, Trump Rages Against Reality ": " Melania Trump's television set aboard Air Force One was on CNN's recent trip overseas, and President Trump was reluctant.
"He raged over his staff for violating a rule that White House's [White Paper] should begin on Fox – his preferred network about what he calls "CNN's Fake News" – after an e-mail sent by New York Times, he caused "a bit of excitement" aboard Air Force One.
"The e-mail, an internal exchange between officials of the White House Military Department and the White House communications agency last Thursday, also called for the purchase of two additional televisions in support of Beam, a TiVo-like streaming To ensure that the President and First Lady could watch television in their separate hotel rooms while traveling, officials at the end of the email chain said that putting the TV into Fox would be a standard procedure for the future
"The Channel Flap was the latest example, as Mr. Trump did at a crucial moment. In his presidency, he increasingly lives in a world of selected information and bows the truth of his own narrative. With his helpers working to keep him isolated from the outside world, Mr. Trump doubles his efforts to tell followers to tell him about the words of critics and news. "NYT
– @abbydphillip: " Trump's statement today summed up his message to voters perfectly: "Just think about what you see and what you are reading."
THE TAPES .. The band seems to be showing Trump how he made payments using Playboy's model " by Andrew Restuccia and Darren Samelsohn:" Donald Trump seems to have noticed during the presidential campaign on the logistics of payments that aimed to silently blame one former Playboy model, with whom she had an affair Trump, according to a tape that was published by a lawyer representing Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer.
"The almost three-minute recording was CNN Provided by Lanny Davis, a lawyer who represents Cohen sent. The sound is choppy and sometimes hard to hear, and several important sections can be interpreted. … If correct, the audio confirms that Trump knew about the possibility of making payments during the presidential campaign. Rudy Giuliani, the president's current lawyer, has denied that any payments were made by Trump.
"Later in the conversation, when Cohen mentions the & # 39; funding & he has to pay him & # 39 ;, Trump, z One moment seems confused." What funding? "asks Trump." Well, I have to pay him something, "Cohen replies." The president's next words are controversial, it's unclear whether he says "pay with cash" or "do not pay with cash."
"The Presidential Legal Department provided a transcript of audio recording to CNN and other news agencies, including POLITICO. According to this protocol, Trump said, "Do not pay in cash" and mention a check later. "The transcript we provided to CNN accurately reflects the recorded conversation," Giuliani said in a statement. The legal team of Trump declined further comments beyond the declaration of Giuliani. The White House did not respond to a request for comment. "POLITICO … Audio of the complete recording
PREP FOR FOGGY BOTTOM … SEC-STATE MIKE POMPEO ON THE HILL TODAY … ELANA SCHOR:" The eyes of the Senate beat Russia in Trump's Strike ": " In the Senate, the dual point is building on Russia, while President Donald Trump is preparing to take Vladimir Putin to Washington. The legislature not only pushed for new punishments against the Kremlin, but also for Trump to demand more The efforts are far from complete – Trump himself has been annoyed at the sanction he has signed and could resist – but the possibility of a further Russia sanctions package remains very much alive despite the intense partisan pressure before the middle of November.
"This is mainly due to Trump's impressive performance in Helsinki alongside the Russian president, which is a focus of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday. "POLITICO  Good Wednesday morning. The Washington Nationals have last night lost again and are now two games under .500.
WHAT IS PRESIDENT TRUMP'S MIND – @realDonaldTrump at 9:05 am: "The Russia Dizziness, the illicit scheme to clarify Hillary Clinton & Framing Donald Trump & # 39; is a hot seller, already number one! More importantly, it's a great book everyone is talking about, brilliantly covering the Rigged Witch Hunt, congratulations to Gregg Jarrett! "
… at 20: 39: "So sad and unfair that the FCC would disagree with the merger of Sinclair Broadcast with Tribune, which would have been a great and much-needed conservative voice for and for the people." Liberal fake news NBC and Comcast approved 'Much bigger, but not Sinclair, shameful!'
… at 8:08 pm: "The European Union is coming to Washington tomorrow to negotiate trade, I have an idea for them USA as well as the EU All tariffs, barriers and subventio That would finally be called Free Market and Fair Trade! Hope they do it, we are ready – but they will not!
SPOTTED – Ivanka Trump on an Acela yesterday – picture of Ivanka in the Cafe Auto … At 7:50 am Acela: Marc Short and Bill Kristol in the same car. …
… Guy Cecil Speaking to Representative Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) Tuesday afternoon at the Democratic Club … Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) at the Florida State Society's annual "Cheeseburger in Paradise" event at the Florida House on Capitol Hill … Al Franken at the Israeli restaurant Sababa last night at Cleveland Park. The hostess told our tipper that "this is the third time in this new location."
GREAT NIGHT AT THE TRUMP HOTEL – MELTED at JUDGE JEANINE PIRRO Signing Lesson at Trump Hotel Last Night for Her New Book "Liars, Criminals and Liberals: The Case Against the Anti-Trump Conspiracy" Jared Kushner, Kellyanne Conway, Bill Shine, Peter Navarro, Sebastian Gorka, Dave Bossie, Corey Lewandowski, Katrina Pierson, Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Mark Meadows (RN.C Lindsey Graham (RS), Laura Ingraham, John Catsimatidis, Buck Sexton and Morgan Ortagus
– "Ivanka Trump closes her eponymous fashion brand" by WSJ Rebecca Ballhaus and Suzanne Kapner: "Ivanka Trump, president of Donald Trump's daughter, closes her eponymous fashion brand and plans a longer-term focus on Washington politics.
" Woman. Trump, who officially separated more from the business than a year ago, has an undefined policy portfolio as a chief adviser at the White House, which has recently focused on human resources development. Her decision to focus on the White House comes after months of speculating that she and her husband, White House Advisor Jared Kushner, will remain in the administration for the remainder of Mr. Trump's term.
"Apparel at the Brand launched by Mrs. Trump in 2014 in its present form rose in the year of the presidential election in 2016. But the company also became a lightning rod for critics of her father's policy, with an anti-nuclear device. Trump Group, which last year urged shoppers to boycott stores selling Trump's merchandise, and retailers such as Nordstrom Inc. and Hudson's Bay have stopped selling Ivanka Trump products in the last 18 months indicates bad sales. "WSJ
REPLACE KELLY … NANCY COOK, "What do we think of Mick?": Trump Limits Searches: "" President Donald Trump loves to organize outside recruitment consultants and current or former White House staff and lately he's been asking, "What do we think about Mick?" "Mick" is Mick Mulvaney, the former Republican Congressman from South Carolina who is now Trump's Office of Management and Budget and the Consumer Protection Bureau.
"A favorite of Trump since the closure of the Confederation last winter and the earlier unsuccessful attempt to lift Obamacare, Mulvaney has become dozens of current and former government officials after interviewing one of the two leading candidates to become John Kelly's trumps chief of staff Republicans close to the government.
"It's long rumored he's on his way out Kelly has no clear plans to resign – but Mulvaney has discreetly campaigned for the job and asked the Republicans outside of the White House, to say good-bye to the President. Over the past few weeks, Trump has asked about both Mulvaney and Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's current chief of staff, and a longtime political activist who also runs for the job, one who recently spoke directly to the president. "POLITICO
CNN'S KAITLAN COLLINS … SCOOP -" The White House stops announcing calls with foreign leaders ": " The White House has published public summaries of President Donald Trump's phone calls Having faced up with world leaders, two sources with knowledge of the situation say CNN will end an end to a joint exercise by Republican and Democratic governments. It is unclear whether the suspension is temporary or permanent. A White House spokesman declined to comment.
"Official descriptions of President's calls to foreign leaders – referred to in Washington as" readouts "- offer administrations the opportunity to characterize the diplomacy they have led in Washington's highest levels between countries While messages are rarely included in the often-dry descriptions, they offer the only official account that a phone call has taken, and readings will continue to be posted internally. "CNN
SCOTUS WATCH -" White House Council overcomes disputes with Senate republicans Supreme Court candidate documents by WaPos Seung Min Kim: "The White House lawyer Donald McGahn met privately on Tuesday with Republican Senate Republicans to discuss how many of the Supreme Court nominated Brett Kavanaugh's documents should be published publicly – an important point of contention kt in the confirmation process. Democratic senators demand that Kavanaugh hand over any document he served during his time at the George W. Bush White House, where he served in the Legal Department and as a staff secretary.
"This documentary production could exceed 1 million pages, and the Republicans have declared the Democrats' demand for a fishing expedition that will not be particularly revealing." Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Tex.), A member of the Judiciary Committee of the Senate confirmed the meeting with McGahn, Cornyn said the White House attorney visited the panel's Republicans to describe what a sensible, relevant document production would look like. "WaPo
– FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: End Citizens United has launched the ECU Action Fund, a new arm of the campaign finance reform group that will use its four million members to urge Congress to wage campaign reform. ECU also launched $ 350,000 of national cable TV advertising for a week, Senators Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination for his positions on health care and abortion and rejects he says if he was confirmed, he continues to threaten America with powerful corporate interests Selling . The advertisement
PUTNAM PARTNERS Last ad is for Andrew Gillum, who ran for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Florida. MARC CAPUTO 's story … 30-second putnam spot 
THE INVESTIGATIONS …
– "Two Trump Allies, see unlimited opportunity, instead of Drew Suutiny," by NYT Ken Bird, Mark Mazzetti, Maggie Haberman and David D. Kirkpatrick: "On an early morning in October, Rick Gates, a Washington lobbyist, had He was a top official in the Trump campaign and emailed family and friends that he would be charged with Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
"He innocently declared himself" with the Russians " and condemned the investigation as" highly politicized and an attack on those who helped elect a president who was not favored by many. "One recipient of the email, Elliott Broidy, a top fundraiser for President Trump, responded quickly and expressed his condolences to Mr. Gates, adding that he and his family were" in my thoughts and prayers. "NYT
– CNN'S JEREMY HERB
and MANU RAJU: "Burr breaks with Nunes: & # 39; Good reasons & # 39; for Judges to Approve FISA ": Senate committee chairman Richard Burr told CNN Tuesday there were" good reasons "for judges to endorse the foreign police adviser Carter Page of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, in a further break between the republican leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees arrested the former Trump election campaign electoral committee. "CNN
GOODS -" "Like a Soviet economy": GOP-free traders unload Trump, " from Burgess Everett: "President Donald Trump's bailout package for the Ag industry is driving his many Republican trade critics to despair." Pro-free trade republicans were already angry at Trump's escalation of tariffs against US Allies and China – a multi-front trade war, they say. it harms farmers and manufacturers in the US But the government's response on Tuesday – the plans Sending $ 12 billion to peasants damaged by retaliatory tariffs to ease the pain is the opposite of conservative free-trade orthodoxy, they said. "POLITICO
DEPT HORSE-TRADING -" Texas GOP Weighs Speaker Voices for Chairmanship " by Rachael Bade and John Bresnahan:" Texas Republicans, the largest GOP delegation in the House of Representatives, debate whether Using Their Leverage in a Speech
"Several Texan Republicans – knowing that Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy needed their support to succeed spokesman Paul Ryan – have been discussing, Rep. Kay Granger (R (TEXAS), The idea, which was closely guarded, recently arrived at a lunch in the Texas delegation.
"Some members of the group support this idea more than others, according to interviews with nine republicans from Texas. Although many Granger support the presidency, two Texas Republicans said they did not have to formally meet the requirement because they believe that McCarthy will support Granger for the position. "POLITICO
IF NO MAN HAS, HAS IT REALLY HAPPENED? – HEATHER CAYGLE:" Ocasio-Cortez makes stealth visit to Capitol Hill ": " Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the progressive insurgent, the Republican Joe Crowley had stunned last month was on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. But you would hardly know it. Ocasio-Cortez was unable to attend the House Democrats meeting on Tuesday morning, the weekly Confab that directs Crowley (DN.Y.) as Caucus chairman.
"Ocasio-Cortez also faced POLITICO or other reporters for interviewing, in contrast to the marathon of public appearances she has made since her angry first win, even on late-night TV and on the election campaign with Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). "POLITICO  TRUMP'S WEDNESDAY – Following a meeting with McConnell and Ryan, Trump has lunch with Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo and Homeland Security Minister Kirstenen Nielsen. He also meets with the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. He will meet with congressmen in the afternoon.
NYT SHANE GOLDMAKER at SEN. KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND: "As Gillibrand Turns Left, Her Economic Agenda Tilts to Populism": "While Ms. Gillibrand has made a name and reputation in the fight for women's affairs, especially in sexual harassment and sexual harassment, her senator" The MeToo Senator "Earlier this year, she has injected her portfolio in recent months with a dose of economic populism that staged Senator Bernie Sander's campaign in the 2016 presidential election.
" She was among the First Year to pass a Federal Employment Guarantee which is in vogue on the left side. She was the first senator to introduce legislation requiring each post office in the country to provide retail banking to stem the predatory payday loan industry. She has announced an initiative to help those who lose their jobs through automation, accept legalized marijuana, tax companies for prescription drug prices, support the Wall Street tax and announce that they will reject all future policy bodies money.
"Labels are tough," said Ms. Gillibrand in an extensive interview about her agenda. "But I feel comfortable with" populist. "NY of NYT
INTERNAL INSURANCE -" Workers' arrests have risen as the Trump administration is stepping up immigration enforcement, " by BuzzFeed Hamed Aleaziz:" ICE has made more than five times as many immigration arrests on the Workplace this fiscal year, which began in October than last year, the new statistics show – from 172 last year to 984 this year. "ICE has also conducted more than 5,000 so-called I-9 audits at companies across the country, where agents demand that employers create the forms that show that workers have permission to work in the United States, and last year ICE initiated 1360 such audits. "Buzzfeed
OBAMACARE WATCH -" The Trump Government resumes payments from Obamacare " by Adam Cancryn:" The Trump government resumes the Obamacare risk-control program just weeks later Suddenly billions of dollars in insurer payments choked, citing invalid judgment parts of the program invalid. CMS issued a provisional closing rule on Tuesday evening stating that the program methodology will be clarified and that issues raised by a federal judge earlier this year will be dealt with in order for the government to make payments again. POLITICO
WEDNESDAY LISTEN – ANNA Talked to BEAUTYCOUNTER CEO GREGG RENFREW in the latest "Women Rule" podcast, where the beauty mogul talked about how she lobbied Washington to bring more regulation in the area Industry and thousands of their sales teams become politically active and the influence of media stars like Kourtney Kardashian are involved in the topic. Listen
K-FILE – "Top Trump Staff at Veterans Affairs Spread Conspiracy Theories, Made Anti-Muslim Comments" by Andrew Kaczynski of CNN: "A senior representative of the Trump administration The Veterans Affairs Department continued to spread conspiracy theories about then-President Barack Obama and make anti-Muslim comments on social media while working for the Trump campaign in Arizona Thayer Verschoor, executive director of the Interstate VA, is a former Majority Leader of the Arizona State Senate and longtime ally of former Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio, a well-known Birther who is currently running in the Republican Area Code for the US Senate in Arizona. "CNN
VALLEY TALK -" Goodbye to Facebook Security Officer Memo: "We have to be ready to choose pages," by Buzzfeed Ryan Mac and Charlie Warzel: "In March, days after confirming his plans to leave the company, Facebook's highest security officer challenged his colleagues to take responsibility for the social network's mistakes, amid the aftermath of the most notable privacy scandal in the 14-year company history.
"Propagation of dramatic changes in Facebook culture Alex Stamos, the outgoing Chief Security Officer of the company, sent a reflective, brutally honest note to employees on March 23, citing the profile of the social network "Tens of thousands of small decisions made in the last decade." … "We must be prepared to take sides if there are clear moral or humanitarian problems. And we need to be open, honest and transparent about our challenges and what we do to fix them. "BuzzFeed
SPOTTED Last night at a salon dinner at the Trump Hotel for the Committee on Prosperity: Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.), Cleta Mitchell, Bill Bennett, Steve Moore, Corey Lewandowski, Mercedes Schlapp, Suhail Khan, Adam Brandon and Peter Davidson.
SPOTTED spoke to 600 children at Turning Point USA at the Trump Hotel last night: Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Jeanine Pirro, Kimberly Guilfoyle and Donald Trump Jr.
ENGAGED – Dax Tejera, an older producer at ABC News in DC, proposed in Venice last night Veronica Bautista which produced for Brianna Keilar at CNN Pool: "Dax, a true producer, made a stunning production of his proposal and took a private boat to drive to Veronica to St. Giorgio Island. After descending the bell tower, Dax dropped to one knee and popped the question. … Then the couple took a gondola ride, drank in the original Cipriani, called their parents and dined at the Aman Hotel, a recommendation from Jorge Ramos, for whom Dax and Veronica both worked when they met in Miami. Pictures – the proposal … The kiss … After she said yes
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Katie Martin, Communications Director from NRSC, who celebrates with her boyfriend "a reserved pizza and movie night at home." A funny fact about Katie: "Before I went into politics, I had every conceivable job in front of me. I was a dance teacher, worked in a daycare, was a waiter at Olive Garden, just to name a few. Playbook Plus Q & A
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