The first day is over, and it is difficult to summarize six hours of hearings in a single headline. We spent the evening in the Capitol and talked with legislators, aides and reporters. So insiders think about Wednesday and the next eight days of the hearing:
– THE SIX HOURS HEARING posed unique challenges for both parties. The Republicans had their first attacks on the witnesses BILL TAYLOR (19459017) and GEORGE KENT (19459018) until about 13 o'clock after the opening speeches and 45 minutes from the chairman of the House of Intel (19459017) ADAM SHIP (D-Calif.), Together with the lawyer DAN GOLDMAN had a good day for the members of both parties. The Democrats had to weave together what they considered to be an airtight story – they did so expertly – and mingle with Republicans trying to blast gaping holes in everything.
– TV, Usually a blessing for Republicans in the Trump era seemed to cut against them this time. KENT and TAYLOR endeavored to emphasize that they had no allegiance to or against the President DONALD TRUMP and they were credible, as most Democrats and Republicans spoke With. And one of the keys to democrats was that both said it was wrong and unusual to associate aid with seemingly political investigations.
– There are a few options High-ranking lawmakers and aides in both parties review the Republican performance. They dove headfirst into the hare holes and thrilled the millions of viewers with right-wing Twitter conspiracy theories. But they have also done decent work to tarnish the water, confuse the testimony, and fight the democrats. We heard the signing of many Republicans on Wednesday night.
– IMPORTANT NOTE: ] The Republicans have not changed the narrative arc of Democratic statements. They only claim that Democrats have relied on witnesses who did not have the first-hand knowledge to make the allegations. … NYT ED BOARD: "And the Americans, who have agreed, have also learned that the Republicans in the House Intelligence Committee have faced a humiliating task. Instead of getting into the facts about Mr. Trump's Ukrainian escapade, they twist and undermine them and invent new ones that they prefer. They spent most of Wednesday cramming straw men and demonstratively knocking them down.
– A SURPRISING WE OBSERVE A FEW TIMES : That the American public simply believes in politics and government are filthy, and is not surprised that the President has stopped military aid to conduct an investigation against a political rival. In fact, there is a theory that this is considered a normal business.
– Two GOP HIGHLIGHTS People talk about: Rep. JIM JORDAN (R-Ohio) together a narrative about how TAYLOR relied on hearsay. "You're her star witness," Jordan said disbelievingly to Taylor – a bite that was repeatedly played in cable and NBC and ABC evening news broadcasts. And Rep. DEVIN NUNES (R-Calif.) Criticizes SHIP for his dramatic, exaggerated impression of Trump on the phone – something that terrifies Democrats because it is a rare, unforced mistake by Ship was.
– Undisputedly was the star of the democrats GOLDMAN, who dominated the material which seems completely alien to most elected officials. Sharp questions also came from Rep. ERIC SWALWELL (D-Calif.), Who led both witnesses to say that they were not "Never Trumpers", and Rep. JOAQUIN CASTRO (D-Texas), Taylor tried to claim that trying to blackmail a country is a crime in itself, even if it does not succeed.
– As NBC KATY TUR PROVED US, undoubtedly came one of the highlights of the Democrat Democratic Republic of Rep. PETER WELCH. JORDAN asked the whistleblower to testify – "the man who started it all," he said – when WHICH said so, greet "the guy who started it all" and that could TRUMP at any time testify.
– HOW REPUBLICANS CAN JUMP: The GOP continues to talk about how nobody has first-hand information – while the administration blocks almost anyone with first-hand information.
– The GORDON SONDLAND HEARING – set for next Wednesday – now has added weight. The political giver was the subject of the questioning Wednesday afternoon. He reportedly spoke with the president repeatedly about so-called politically-motivated investigations. Sondland even talked to the president on his mobile phone from a restaurant in Kiev – he was spied on, experts say – and the volume was so high that a Taylor aide heard the phone call from President Sondland questioning the Biden probes. Both sides tell us that they will sharpen their knives for Sondland, although a Republican warns that he is scaly and unconvincing and will not be good for any party.
– ANOTHER BIG … Depreciation on Friday by DAVID HOLMES will also be crucial. Holmes, the political affairs adviser at the US Embassy in Kiev, was the Taylor assistant who overheard the Trump / Sondland cell phone call. He is a first-hand witness.
TO WIT … WAPO: "The ambassador's call to Trump from the restaurant in Kiev was an amazing security breach, as previous officials said." By Ellen Nakashima: "The security implications are crazy – if you have one Open phone uses cell phone to communicate with the President of the United States, "said Larry Pfeiffer, former senior director of the White House Situation Room and former Chief of Staff of the CIA Director. & # 39; In a country so connected to Russian intelligence agencies, it's almost bankrupt that the Russians overheard the call. & # 39; "WaPo
NYT's PETER BAKER made a point that rattled our heads for the past 24 hours …" It was not clear that the opinion changed. Surely they were out of the room, and most likely not anywhere else on Capitol Hill, where Republicans and Democrats were long trapped in their positions. There was also no immediate indication that the hearing reached the general public. While large television stations broadcast regularly to broadcast live, there was little point in a riveted country setting everything aside to watch à la Watergate. "NYT
SO, ODDLY ENOUGH, Perhaps the evening news could have something special in this phase of the Trump administration. Millions of people are still watching the evening news, and we doubt that so many were present to watch the entire six hours of hearings.
ABC's DAVID MUIR and CBS & NORAH O'DONNELL both broadcast their DC shows on Wednesday night. NBC's LESTER HOLT was in New York. Here's what they said:
– MUIR was on the Capitol campus and presented the subject as follows: "Tonight, the new evidence from Washington has revealed. The impeachment surprise on the first day. History is written here tonight in Washington. The television broadcasts begin. The drama and the stakes in this room. The first two witnesses. And the new evidence, the alleged telephone conversation with President Trump, of which we knew nothing. And the person who heard that call was already calling to Capitol Hill. The answer from President Trump – same tonight. "
– O & DONNELL, from the top of the Jones Day building near the Capitol:" Tonight the latest news, a revelation of the bomb when the historic public hearings on the Internet begin indictment , For the first time, a top diplomat who revealed a phone call linking the president directly to a pressure campaign against Ukraine.
– HOLT, of 30 Rock: "Breaking news tonight. The historic showdown on Capitol Hill. The first public hearing on impeachment for more than 20 years. Millions of viewers across the country watch everything live on TV. The two main witnesses testify to President Trump and the pressure on Ukraine to investigate its political rivals. The explosive new revelations over a second phone call with the president.
"Tense moments in space between Democrats and Republicans. [Schiff]: "If this is not unassailable behavior, then what is it?" [Jordan]: "What you heard did not happen. It did not happen. "The President called the hearing into deception and greeted the Turkish head of state for a controversial visit to the White House, and our high-level political team is breaking it all down."
POLITICOS COVERAGE: "Democrats are damned to bring new evidence to impeachment" ] by Kyle Cheney and Andrew Desiderio … Highlights … "Democrats Survive the First Dismissal Day" by John Bresnahan, Sarah Ferris, Melanie Zanona and Heather Caygle. JOHN HARRIS & # 39; COLUMN: "Trump unmasked: A brutal day for the president"
NATIONAL FRONT PAGES: NYT: "ENVOYS REVEAL SCOPE OF TRUMP UKRAINE PUSH … testimony quoted a" highly irregular " Policy Channel … The Return of Ancient Washington Despite a Harsh Era … Witnesses Incarnate the Power of the Moment "… WAPO:" Witness brings Trump closer to Skan dal " NYT'S MARK LEIBOVICH About A1:" On Capitol Hill, Washington Keeps the Circus at Bay ": Lots of noise, a formal sentiment fell on him Capitol. The officers had entered the room.
"In a sense, Ernst himself was on trial on Wednesday when William B. Taylor, Jr., the leading American diplomat in the Ukraine, and George P. Kent, a leading Foreign Ministry, arrived shortly after ten in the morning she's the velvet-covered lecture hall. They bore stern looks and did not seem to notice the discord that brought them there. …
"It helped that he and the tied Mr. Kent appeared as traditionalists of a kind different from any Trumpian year. With his wire-frame and his eyebrows raised, Mr. Taylor resembled a preschooler, in particular, who was hard but fair and almost impossible to discredit. …
"This collision was probably inevitable from the second, the 45th president, who took his hand off the Bible in January 2017. It was a clash between Trump Washington and old Washington, the disturber and destroyer, the bull and the china business. But when they emerged, Mr. Taylor and Mr. Kent offered a salvo in a new phase-the impeachment spectacle that will undoubtedly take months, wherever it goes. "NYT
A NEW GOP STRATEGY? – "The Republicans are discussing a lengthy impeachment trial against the Senate to thwart the democratic primaries," by Bob Costa, Michael Scherer and Seung Min Kim of the WaP impeachment proceedings, which begins in January to thwart the democratic presidential event – possibly six candidates in Washington until the eve of the Iowa-Caucuses or longer.
"These discussions on the timing and framework for a procedure remain fluid and tight According to more than a dozen participants in the discussions. But reflections come when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Is under pressure from conservative activists to turn back to the Democrats when this week's public hearings on impeachment began in the House of Representatives. "WaPo
YES! … WAPO's ROBIN GIVHAN at JACKET JIM JORDAN: "For the sake of dignity, Jim Jordan, put on a jacket"
Good Thursday morning. DEVAL PATRICK will attend CBS This Morning this morning at the Presidential Contest 2020.
– THE BOSTON GLOBE'S VICKY MCGRANE and MATT STOUT : "A person who is familiar with Patrick's plans to travel to New Hampshire on Thursday for papers to file in the State House to appear on the ballot. He then travels to California before traveling to Nevada, Iowa and South Carolina – three other major nomination states. "Globe
BRIEFLY NOTED … SEN. TOM CARPER (D-Del.) In a fundraiser for JOE BIDEN on Wednesday night in Alexandria: "They say the third time is a spell. And I think that could be it. "(ABC's Molly Nagle Pooler)
HAPPENED TODAY, MAYBE: Trump announced that he would publish the minutes of his first call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, as demanded by the Democrats. This happened in April.
ATTN. PRESIDENT TRUMP … BURGESS EVERETT HAS NEWS FOR YOU … "Do not rely on the Senate to save Dreamer": "President Donald Trump says that undocumented young immigrants need not worry about the Supreme Court. The Senate asks for differences of opinion.
"The minority whip Dick Durbin was at the front of the Senate's immigration battles for decades and for the past three years has been trying unsuccessfully to work with Trump. And he says, after so many stalemates, there's no reason to believe Trump's optimism.
"The man does not seek a solution. Stephen Miller and his gang are in their hateful approach to immigration in the ear and head. He crumbles every time his heart begins to move toward the dreamers, said the Illinois Democrat. And that will not change, unless in a moment of desperation he believes that his only option is to be re-elected. "
" Since the comprehensive revision of immigration in 2013, which was ignored by the House of Representatives, the Senate could not make 60 votes for a substantive immigration law. The Chamber passed a spending bill for the Border Assistance this year, but the Democrats were so concerned about the matter that it made the party even more nervous about dealing with the Trump administration.
UH-OH … WSJ: "US-China trade talks disrupt farm purchase," by Chao Deng and Lingling Wei in Beijing, and William Mauldin: "Trade talks between the US and China are disrupting the deal Buy on the farm as the officials try to complete the purchase. " submitted the Limited Trade Deal outlined last month.
"Mr. Trump said China has agreed to buy up to $ 50 billion of soybeans, pork, and other US agricultural products every year. China, however, is suspicious of including a numerical obligation in the text of an agreement, according to those familiar with the matter. Beijing wants to avoid concluding an agreement that is more favorable to the US than China, some said, and also wanted flexibility under the agreement if trade tensions were to increase again. "We can always stop shopping when things get worse," a Chinese official said.
"The dispute over farm purchases is one of several issues that have delayed the completion of the limited trade agreement announced by Mr. Trump." and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He on October 11th. Both sides also disagree on whether and to what extent the US would agree to a waiver of tariffs on Chinese imports, Beijing's core demand, which is linked to their offers on other topics.
"Chinese officials have also resisted US demands for strict enforcement and forced technology transfer for companies wishing to do business in China – all of paramount importance to the international business community of people involved in the talks are familiar. "WSJ
ALEX ISENSTADT:" RNC plunges into the Louisiana government race amid signs of anger. "" The Republican National Committee is investing another million dollars in the Louisiana governor's race before it starts on Saturday – a move that has been made in light of the growing concerns of the GOP over the loss of a second major election in a conservative state so many weeks.
"Last-minute spending doubles the committee's investment in the race, in which Republican Eddie Rispone seeks to depose Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards. President Donald Trump will lead a rally for Rispone in Louisiana on Thursday evening, taking the lead despite the GOP's fears that Edwards will be an easy favorite for the win.
"Trump had bet that a GOP victory was scored in three gubernatorial races this fall would project political strength in the face of impeachment. But following the apparent defeat of Republican Governor Matt Bevin in Kentucky last week and the fact that Rispone will face off in a duel, the president faces the possibility of losing two out of three. "POLITICO
2020 WATCH …
– NEW About EUGENE DANIELS: The Andrew Yang Campaign spends seven numbers on two new ads being placed in Iowa and Iowa New Hampshire on Friday. Devine Mulvey Longabaugh produced the spots. It's the first time the campaign has been launched in New Hampshire, with the campaign spending a further seven people in Iowa last week for an ad buy. The ads: Our son … Paycheck
– "Castro must miss the November debate", by Zach Montellaro: "Former Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Julián Castro, has not qualified for the next Democratic presidential debate, the only candidate in the race who participated in the October debate that was missed on November.
TRUMP'S THURSDAY – The President will receive NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at 2:00 pm at the Oval Office. He will leave the White House at 16:10. on the way to Louisiana. At 6:35 pm Mid-Time, Trump will arrive at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, La. He will hold a rally at 7pm. He then travels back to Washington and returns to the White House at 12:30.
ANOTHER TERM … UTAHPOLICY.COM: "Jon Huntsman will announce his entry into the Utah Governor's 2020 race on Thursday."
FOR YOUR RADAR – "New Gaza Rockets disrupt Israel, Islam Jihad Truce ", by AP Fares Akram and Tia Goldenberg in Gaza City:" Gaza fighters have declared on Thursday, hours after a ceasefire was declared for the end of two days of intense fighting between Israel, A rocket fire fired on Israel and the Islamic Jihad group, the most serious escalation in months, killing at least 34 Palestinians, including three women and eight children, and paralyzed parts of Israel.
"Nobody immediately took responsibility for the new missile wave and it was not clear how that would affect the fate of the ceasefire.
"Israel had praised the Gaza operation as a victory and defended its policy of attacking militants in their homes despite the deaths of civilians and promised to carry on this tactic. The Islamic Jihad said it had succeeded in getting Israel to a ceasefire based on several demands, including the cessation by Israel of the targeted killing of the group's leaders. AP
FOR THIS PURPOSE – "Trump Erdogan meeting brings little progress" by Vivian Salama and MIchael Gordon of WSJ: "A long The expected meeting between President Trump and the Turkish Prime Minister ended on Wednesday without a resolution of the key issues in which both sides disagreed, including Ankara's purchase of a Russian air defense system and the US partnership with the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces. 19659004] "The chemistry between Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dominated the visit. Mr. Trump volunteered to be a "big fan" of Mr. Erdogan. The Turkish leader called for a new chapter in relations between the two countries.
"However, there was no sign of progress in buying the sophisticated S-400 air defense missile system from Russia of primary concern for the Pentagon or for other issues that have led to the view of most US legislators the organization of the North Atlantic Treaty has deteriorated. "WSJ
TRUMP TAXES UPDATE -" Congress can look to 8 years for Trump's tax records. The court order points out " by Ann Marimow of WaPo:" Congress can seek eight years for President Trump's tax documents. This emerged from a ruling by the federal appeals court on Wednesday, which brings the conflict of separation of powers one step closer to the Supreme Court.
"The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has issued an earlier verdict against the President affirming Congressional investigative power on a day on which the house had its headquarters first public hearing on impeachment. Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow responded to Wednesday's decision that the president's legal department "will petition the Supreme Court for a review."
"The DC Circuit responded to Trump's request to have a full jury of judges to rehearse a three-judge ruling of October that rejected the President's motion to prevent the legislature from doing so WaPo
STONE TRIAL WRAPS – "Roger Stone's Defense: MAGA, God and Donald Trump" by Darren Samuelsohn and Josh Gerstein: "Roger Stone makes others speak for once.
" For decades, the political provocateur has been with almost anyone who is willing to to engage in verbal struggles But when his process of lying to Congress and manipulating a witness comes to an end, Stone has his vertee left in the hands of external factors: lawyers, God, the racing card, a collection of MAGA world figures and, failing that, President Donald Trump fails.
"Since Stone had the opportunity to tell his side of the story, he decided not to represent the witness stand. Given the opportunity to call witnesses, his lawyers instead opted to play only parts of the congressional certificate in question. "POLITICO
– For the following: The deliberations of the jury in the stone process begin this morning.
BOOK CLUB – Donald Trump Jr.'s "Triggered" Debut # 1 on the NYT Best-of-Class List. Mitch Albom and "Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers" have the lead with "Finding China" "Fox & Friends" Brian Kilmeade. As the Times notes, part of the revenue came as a bulk order. The RNC also included the book in their lists – for a donation of $ 50, you can get a signed copy.
MEDIAWATCH – "McClatchy wants the US to take over the pension fund", by Lukas Alpert of WSJ: "McClatchy Co., the third largest newspaper publisher in the US, said it has talks with its creditors and federal agencies over one possible assumption of its pension fund by the government in order to relieve considerable liquidity pressure on its pension responsibility and debt burden.
"The 162-year-old company, which publishes 30 newspapers across the country, [includingMiamiHeraldCharlotteObserverSacramentoBeeandKansasCityStarsaidthatthismaybethecasenextyearnotarequiredcontribution$124millionforthepensionfund"WSJ
– Deborah Acosta is now a reporter for a new digital magazine of the WSJ. She was previously at the NYT. Talking Biz News
– HOW IMPEACHMENT was PLAYED on Late Night TV: CNN
– NOTE: MSNBC hosted two interesting guest commentators on Wednesday: George Conway, the wife of the White Aide House Kellyanne Conway is known for removing his wife's boss on Twitter. and Andrew Weissman, a top member of the lawyer team of Bob Müller, who is now an NBC legal analyst.
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SPOTTED: Rod Rosenstein and Bob Ehrlich at BLT Steak on Wednesday night.
OUT AND ABOUT … SPOTTED at the helm for Donald Trump Jr.'s bookmarking for "Triggered" ( $ 17.98 on Amazon ) on Wednesday night: Kimberly Guilfoyle, HHS Secretary Alex Azar , Landwirtschaftsminister Sonny Perdue, Handelsminister Wilbur Ross, Finanzminister Steven Mnuchin, Jared Kushner und Ivanka Trump, amtierender Stabschef Mick Mulvaney, Kellyanne Conway, Reince Priebus , Brad Parscale, David Bossie, Pam Bondi…
… Sens. Rand Paul (R- Ky.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Tim Scott (RS.C.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Josh Hawley (R-Mo. ) Und David Perdue (R-Ga.), Reps. Mark Meadows (RN. C.), Jim Jordanien (R-Ohio), Lee Zeldin (RN.Y.), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) Und Greg Pence (R-Ind.), Andy Surabian, Arthur Schwartz, Avi Berkowitz, Sergio Gor, Joe Grogan, Pat. No. Cipollone, Tony Sayegh, Katrina Pierson, Paula White, Joe Kernen, Jessica Ditto und Frank Luntz.
– SPOTTED beim jährlichen Amory Houghton Jr. Awards Dinner der Republican Main Street Partnership im Hyatt Regency auf dem Capitol Hill am Mittwoch Nacht: Der Mehrheitsführer des Senats, Mitch McConnell, erhielt den Houghton Award für den öffentlichen Dienst. Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) Und Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) Sowie die Vertreter Greg Walden (R-Ore.) Und Fred Upton (R-Mich.). Bild
– Das Regierungsteam der SOFTBANK unter der Leitung von Ziad Ojakli veranstaltete anlässlich des ersten Jahres des japanischen Technologieinvestmentunternehmens in DC eine Party SPOTTED : Mick Mulvaney, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), John Barrasso (R-Wyo) und Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Vertreter Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Haley Stevens (D- Mich.), Jeff Duncan (D-Kalifornien), Ron Estes (R-Kanada) und Jerry McNerney (D-Kalifornien), Matt und Mercedes Schlapp, Paul Kane, Bruce Andrews, Zeke Miller, Brian Conklin, Christin Baker , Julie Davis und Natalie Andrews.
WHITE HOUSE ARRIVAL LOUNGE – Jalen Drummond ist jetzt stellvertretender Forschungsdirektor im Kommunikationsbüro des Weißen Hauses. Zuvor war er Adjutant von HUD-Sekretär Ben Carson und Lance Corporal des Marine Corps.
TRANSITIONS – Lisa Stark ist jetzt stellvertretende Vizepräsidentin für Kommunikation und Medien an der American University. Zuvor war sie Rundfunkkorrespondentin für Education Week und PBS NewsHour. … Sam Ricketts wird Senior Fellow am Center for American Progress. Zuvor war er Klimadirektor für die Präsidentschaftskampagne von Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. …
… Spenser Merwin wird geschäftsführender Direktor der Montana Republican Party. Zuvor war er Direktor für Koalitionen und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit bei Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.). … David Marchick ist jetzt Direktor des Zentrums für den Übergang des Präsidenten der Partnerschaft für den öffentlichen Dienst. Zuvor war er Geschäftsführer und weltweiter Leiter für externe Angelegenheiten bei der Carlyle Group.
WOCHENEND-HOCHZEIT – Ethan Porter, Professor an der Hochschule für Medien und öffentliche Angelegenheiten der George Washington University, und Ronit Zemel, der stellvertretende Direktor für jüdisches Leben an der Georgetown University, hat am Sonntag in DC geheiratet. … GESPOTET: Aaron Keyak, Frank Chi, Josh Keating, Jake Levine, Josh Handelman, Ben Weyl, Daniel Nichanian und Ellen und Don Walker.
WILLKOMMEN IN DER WELT – Natasha Walsh und Brian O. Walsh, Präsident von America First Action, begrüßte kürzlich identische Zwillinge: Augustus Jonathan Walsh und Wellington Arthur Walsh. Instapics
GEBURTSTAG DES TAGES: Peter Lattman, Geschäftsführer für Medien bei Emerson Collective und stellvertretender Vorsitzender von The Atlantic, ist 49 Jahre alt. Was er in letzter Zeit gelesen hat: „'The Survivors' ist eine wunderschön geschriebene, tief bewegende und verrückte Geschichte neue Memoiren von meinem Emerson-Kollegen Adam Frankel. Auch die Dezember-Ausgabe von The Atlantic ist brandneu, wie meine drei Teenager sagen würden. Es dreht sich um ein einziges Thema, "Wie man einen Bürgerkrieg beendet", und Sie werden ein schönes Redesign des Print-Magazins sowie einen eleganten neuen Look für unsere Website und App bemerken. " Playbook Q & A
GEBURTSTAGE: Rep. Greg Pence (R-Ind.) is 63 … Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) is 61 … Condoleezza Rice is 65 … Valerie Jarrett … Ben Rhodes is 42 … Prince Charles is 71 … P.J. O’Rourke is 72 … photographer Tony Powell … Jacob Freedman, senior adviser to the chair at Albright Stonebridge … Charlotte Riggs … Liz Jarvis-Shean, VP of communications at DoorDash … Frank Kelly, managing director and global coordinator of government and public affairs at Deutsche Bank … William Black … WaPo’s Paige Winfield Cunningham is 35 … Sarah Binder of GWU and Brookings … John Jameson … POLITICO’s Lauren Lanza and John Lockett … Rachel Noerdlinger …
… Jonathan Landman, managing editor of Bloomberg Opinion, is 67 … Taylor Griffin, press secretary for Speaker Nancy Pelosi … Joshua Friedlander of the Brunswick Group … Sally Sterling (h/t Jon Haber) … Liz Morrison, VP of No Labels (h/ t Margaret White) … Randolph Court, COO of the Information Technology & Inn ovation Foundation (h/t the ITIF team) … Julie Hanus … Sarah Holbrooke … Vanessa VandeHey … Kate Coyne McCoy … Ed Reno … Ashley Yehl … Brianna Manzelli … Shawn Willis … Lana Fern … Madeleine Weast … Tommy Schultz … Rob Gulans … Tricia Miller Klapheke … Airbnb’s Josh Meltzer … Michael Collier … Mark Gyorfy … Daniel Alders … Hugo F. Sonnenschein