Scoop: With the spotlight on Snap's IPO, viral powerhouse BuzzFeed is quietly making preparations to go public in 2018, industry sources tell me. OMG!
The widely (and poorly) copied BuzzFeed — which began as a "great cat site" and now has foreign correspondents, an ambitious news operation led by Ben Smith, and a massive BuzzFeed Motion Pictures studio in L.A. — mastered the art of sharable content and became a defining brand of the Internet age.
How seriously should we take House Republicans' talk that they're not giving up on Obamacare repeal, and will keep working until they have enough votes to pass it? Axios' David Nather says it's true they'd like to do it, but it's "more likely after Republicans have all taken a break from each other":
David Ignatius, in his WashPost column today, has a memorable description of Jared Kusher — husband of Ivanka, and POTUS' son-in-law and senior adviser:
Kushner is apprenticing for the role of Trump's Henry Kissinger. He's the secret emissary, the evaluator of talent, the whisperer of confidential advice. He's the only person in this White House who Trump can't fire, really. All these qualities strike me as beneficial, so long as Kushner uses them to make Trump a better president who learns how to compromise and govern.
"Kushner, taking new White House role, faces rare scrutiny," by AP's Jonathan Lemire:
Sean Spicer to April Ryan, at yesterday's briefing:
I get it. But you keep — I've said it from the day that I got here until whatever that there is no connection. You've got Russia. If the President puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that's a Russian connection. ... I appreciate your agenda here. (Video)
CNN's Dylan Byers reminds us of a denial by Trump in a Jan. 11 presser in New York: "I have no dealings with Russia. I have no deals that could happen in Russia, because we've stayed away. And I have no loans with Russia. ... I have no loans, no dealings, and no current pending deals."
And at Trump's wild East Wing presser on Feb. 16, he said: "I own nothing in Russia. I have no loans in Russia. I don't have any deals in Russia."
British Prime Minister triggers Brexit — BBC:
Hat tip: Josh Deckard (@jsdeckard) ...
First look ... Forbes launches The American Dream Index, using seven indicators of economic health "to track on a state-by-state monthly basis whether President Trump is Making America Great." The debut rankings:
Washington state ranks 15th, Pennsylvania 16th, Texas 19th, California 26th, Michigan 27th, Wisconsin 29th, Virginia 30th, Maryland 31st, Ohio 32nd, New York 41st and New Jersey 45th.
Heather Podesta tells me she got the idea for her lobbying firm's new name from the archbishop, while she was watching "The Crown" on Neflix. In a move meant to reflect an expanding bipartisan team at the once-Democratic firm, Heather Podesta + Partners today changes its name to Invariant:
Vanity Fair's April cover story, "Alec Baldwin Sounds Off," is adapted from Baldwin's memoir, "Nevertheless," out April 4, along with comments from "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on March 1:
When the ["Saturday Night Live"] stage manager took me to my mark for the first dress rehearsal, I had no idea what I was going to do. I mean, literally, the moment I walked out, I just said to myself, "Eyebrow up," and I tried to stick my face and my mouth out. For the actual show, when I was in the makeup room, I put my wig on, and it was like a scene from a mental hospital. I'm getting the wig on me, and I'm sitting there the whole time going "Gyna, Gyna, Gyna." I didn't think about it—I just did it. Now I should probably tell people, "I worked on it for months."
People ask me, "What is your whole gag?' And I tell them, "You can suggest the voice or the way a person looks, but to be successful you have to think of who that person is. To me Trump is someone who is always searching for a stronger, better word, but he never finds it. Whenever I play him, I make a long pause to find that word, and then I just repeat the word I started with: 'These people are great people. They're fantastic people, and I just want to say that working with them was . . . a fantastic experience.' "