Good Tuesday morning — 10 days to President Trump. Jared Kushner is 36 today, with a West Wing office as a present. Trump announcement that Kushner will be Senior Advisor to the President, as forecast exclusively here yesterday ("An announcement is coming"), puts his son-in-law in a leadership troika with Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. This deliberate counterbalance by Trump makes sure HE'S always the one with the last word.
As confirmation hearings begin today for Trump's Cabinet nominees, Dems can indulge in a wistful game of "What Might Have Been." My post-election convos with Brooklyn survivors make it clear that Hillary staffers and supporters had astonishingly specific, widely known/accepted roles planned for her administration. "Measuring the drapes" is a cliché; a notional org chart is real life.
While Trump had to scramble to build a government starting Nov. 9, Clinton had a team in waiting. By Election Day, her roster was so refined that most jobs just had one name.
Here's her prospective Cabinet and West Wing staff, based on interviews with numerous Clinton insiders. We miss or botch something? Drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll share your intel.
Ghost West Wing:
Facebook will start showing short ads in some videos and share the money with publishers, according to Recode. This is huge news in the media business for two big reasons:
SOUND SMART: This is part of Zuckerberg's master plan to dominate the video world AND encourage more quality -- and less crap -- on Facebook.
Trump is setting up White House structure similar to that of his campaign and businesses: competing power centers with DJT (as his aides call him when OTR) in the middle, as the ref and decider. A rough guide:
Jared Kushner's lane includes trade negotiations, government operations and Middle East issues.
Ivanka surprises with the decision she'll separate from her Trump and fashion businesses but won't join the administration. Look for her to maintain a very visible outside role, perhaps focused on women's empowerment issues.
NYT's Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman say Jamie Gorelick, Kushner's lawyer, is confident his arrangement would survive any legal challenge based on anti-nepotism laws, "and said Mr. Trump would seek an advisory opinion from the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel."
Gorelick, deputy attorney general under Bill Clinton, has the Gray Lady's Quotation of the Day: "I am not saying there's no legal argument on the other side. I'm just saying we have the better argument and will prevail."
Kellyanne Conway repeatedly uses her strong outside game to urge Trump to stick with his positions and instincts — and does the same inside Trump Tower.
An interview with USA Today's Susan Page gets above-the-fold splash, "CONWAY DISMISSES FURTHER HACKING INQUIRIES: Trump may rethink sanctions on Russia."
Secretary of State-designee Tillerson's negotiating style includes "deliberately theatrical tactics … and silent stare-offs," per a WSJ front-pager. Best anecdote: "In a meeting in Yemen in the 1990s, he threw a book and stormed out of talks. The tantrum was preplanned … 'Anger is a strategy, not an emotion,' Mr. Tillerson told colleagues."
As POTUS heads to Chicago for his 9 p.m. ET farewell address at McCormick Place (with the First Lady, the Vice President and Dr. Biden attending), Jonathan Chait of New York mag is about to embark on a book tour arguing that Obama's legacy will survive Trump.
The New World Order: Financial Times tops site with "Investing Under Trump," including how international automakers are adjusting, and how otherwise ordinary events like tomorrow's presser in New York. are big, potentially market-moving moments.
"I said, 'Let's be legendary.'" That was Clemson QB Deshaun Watson, in huddle, at start of epic, game-winning drive in College National Championship. Alabama was dethroned in last-second 35-31 upset by Clemson — the FIRST loss for Nick Saban in SIX championship games.
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