Hillary Clinton soon will launch a PAC as a way of "acting as a quiet catalyst" for organizations she cares about, and eventually will help 2018 congressional candidates — but with no intention of making it a vehicle to run for anything herself.
According to a source familiar with the planning, the initial focus will be on lifting up organizations that are the product of the energy and activism she has seen since the election, and existing groups that have been reignited and reinvigorated by that energy. She has met with some of these groups, and it's something she's become increasingly passionate about with each meeting, the source said.
Clinton received massive coverage for remarks she made in New York yesterday, in an appearance moderated by CNN's Christiane Amanpour at the Women for Women International Luncheon:
An Obama White House alumnus told me last night that Jimmy Kimmel killed the Republicans' already shaky efforts to revive the House's health-care reform. (In prime time last night, CNN was running the banner: "LATEST GOP HEALTH CARE BILL ON VERGE OF COLLAPSE." The WashPost's lead story is "GOP health bill on shaky ground.")
The instant ubiquity of the late-night host tearfully discussing his baby Billy's open-heart surgery, along with a message decrying Trump's proposed cuts to the National Institutes of Health ("If your baby is going to die, ... it should not matter how much money you make"), is an eye-opening case study of the stunning velocity of the new media ecosystem.
I asked Sara Fischer, Axios' media-trends reporter, if there was a way to quantify the reach of the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" monologue, beyond the 7 million views on his official YouTube page. Ninety minutes later, she sent a fascinating breakdown.
Kimmel typically reaches roughly 2 million people per night on his show. You'll never believe what happened next ...
Social:On Facebook, Kimmel's monologue clip received over 14 million views and 230,000 reactions in less than 24 hours. His posts typically don't receive more than 1 million views. On Instagram, the video post of his monologue received 122,968 views and 20,022 likes. That's about double his average Instagram post engagement. His tweet of the video received over 26,000 retweets and 79,000 likes. His tweets don't typically earn more than a couple hundred retweets.Search: Interest in "Jimmy Kimmel" on Google Search rose rapidly through the morning and spiked at midday, along with searches for "cardiac surgery" and "open-heart surgery."Weighing in:Both President Obama and Hillary Clinton tweeted their support, as well as numerous celebrities.On Capitol Hill, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), cited the speech on the House floor. Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), now a syndicated radio talk-show host, was ripped online after he tweeted: "Sorry Jimmy Kimmel: your sad story doesn't obligate me or anybody else to pay for somebody else's health care."
Trump tweeted yesterday: "The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there! We either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good 'shutdown' in September to fix mess!"
Super Swan reads between the lines: "Trump is flagging the shutdown in September for a very good reason ... My White House sources tell me this will be the time to fight for real 'wins' — like funding the border wall. That will lead to an inevitable standoff with Democrats and possibly a government shutdown."
USA Today lead story, "Friction between world's nuclear powers has citizens terrified that the end is near," by Rick Hampson: "In multiple interviews by USA Today, Americans expressed concern that the U.S. was edging closer to nuclear war.."
A close read of Trump's whirlwind of 100-days interviews shows that he continues to embrace one of the obsessions that helped him win the presidency: his instinctive understanding of reporters' psychology.
Axios' Jonathan Swan noticed this in Trump's off-hand asides during the interviews, which are the freshest examples of the flip side to his media hatred — he eats up the coverage because he's his own audience:
Ivanka Trump doesn't plan a traditional publiclity tour for her new book, "Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules of Success," out yesterday. Per AP's Catherine Lucey: "Trump has stressed that the book is a personal project written before her father. ... Citing federal ethics rules, she has said ... she wanted to 'avoid the appearance of using my official role to promote the book.'"
The narrative, from a New York Times front-pager: "By inserting herself into a scalding set of gender dynamics, she is becoming a proxy for dashed dreams of a female presidency and the debate about President Trump's record of conduct toward women and his views on them. Critics see her efforts as a brash feat of Trump promotion ... by a woman of extraordinary privilege who has learned that feminism makes for potent branding."
Wall Street Journal front page, "Kushner's Partners Include Goldman and Soros," by Jean Eaglesham, Juliet Chung and Lisa Schwartz: "Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, is currently in business with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and billionaires George Soros and Peter Thiel, according to people familiar with the matter and securities filings."
Most of Aetna's revenue now comes from government programs, per Axios' Bob Herman:
"Here's a nugget that encapsulates the health insurance industry, despite all the noise surrounding the future of the Affordable Care Act: In the first quarter of this year, Aetna collected more premium revenue from government programs (namely Medicare and Medicaid) than it did from commercial insurance for the first time ever."
The Fox News host and longtime conservative commentator, who turns 48 later this month, has a two-book deal with Threshold Editions, per AP National Writer Hillel Italie:
Coming to Disney World on May 27, per L.A. Times' Todd Martens: Disney hopes to amplify that immersion with its most technically ambitious land to date: Pandora — the World of Avatar, situated in Animal Kingdom in the Orlando resort."
"Instead of re-creating scenes from the film or simply populating the park with characters seen in the movie, Disney's Pandora expands on the universe. Set about a generation after the conflict in the film, this Pandora is a postwar planet on the road to rehabilitation, emphasizing themes of conservation and exploration."