Top CEOs have a new First Customer. With President Trump taking a hands-on approach to negotiations, here are five tips for surviving and thriving — based on conversations Jim VandeHei and I have had with executives, aides and friends who have battled Trump in private and found some success:
Then sit back and pray he doesn't whack you with a Saturday morning tweet.
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, joining Spicer at yesterday's briefing:
"Regarding the question as to climate change, I think the President was fairly straightforward — we're not spending money on that anymore; we consider that to be a waste of your money to go out and do that. So that is a specific tie to his campaign." (h/t NYT)
Poll of the day … Poll for C-SPAN by Penn Schoen Berland, timed for #SunshineWeek and Gorsuch hearings (start Monday): 42% say Trump's criticism of sitting judges is appropriate – including 20% of Ds and 22% liberals … 76% say the Supreme Court should allow TV coverage of oral arguments (15 points higher than when PSB asked the question 8 years ago).
Some encouragement for Republicans — from a former top Democratic aide: "While reading your newsletter this morning I had a thought. As someone who worked hard in [Speaker Pelosi's] office to pass the ACA/Obamacare, everyone forgets how many times the effort to overhaul healthcare was pronounced dead. Keep in mind it had to pass the House twice and it took 6-8 months longer than expected to get across the finish line.
"While things look challenging for the current ACA repeal effort they have plenty of time to get this done and they won't go into the next election without something passing. This article [CNN from March 2010: Health care latest: Dems still chasing votes"] is a perfect example. I had forgotten that the bill passed the Senate in December and wasn't able to pass the House again until March."
Chaser from Charles Krauthammer column in WashPost, "The real world of Obamacare repeal": "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, but for governments it's not that easy. Once something is given — say, health insurance coverage to 20 million Americans — you take it away at your peril. This is true for any government benefit, but especially for health care.
"There's a reason not one Western democracy with some system of national health care has ever abolished it."
Cotton the thorn ..
GOP senator complicates
Trump, Ryan efforts on health care," by AP's Erica Werner and Kevin Freking, with Andrew DeMillo in Little Rock: "One of the loudest critics of GOP health legislation is not a Democrat or even a conservative rebel, but a ... staunch defender of President Donald Trump":
Secretary of State Tillerson in South Korea ... "Military action against North Korea 'an option'" — BBC: "He said [after visiting the Demilitarized Zone which divides the two Koreas that] the policy of 'strategic patience' had ended and the US was exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures. ... He arrived in South Korea from Japan."
BTW ... A WashPost editorial today refers to him as "Secretary Silent."
Wall Street Journal front-pager, "Dutch Vote Sets Tone for Coming Elections in Europe," by Marcus Walker:
This article illuminates a twist we weren't expecting ... Economist cover story, "The global economy enjoys a synchronized upswing ... The past decade has been marked by a series of false economic dawns. This time really does feel different":
J. D. Vance, author of "Hillbilly Elegy," in the N.Y. Times with a Columbus, Ohio, dateline ... "Why I'm Moving Home": "For two years, I'd lived in Silicon Valley, surrounded by other highly educated transplants with seemingly perfect lives. It's jarring to live in a world where every person feels his life will only get better when you came from a world where many rightfully believe that things have become worse."
"My wife and I worry about the quality of local public schools, and whether she (a San Diego native) could stand the unpredictable weather. But there were practical reasons to move: I'm founding an organization to combat Ohio's opioid epidemic. We chose Columbus because I travel a lot, and I need to be centrally located in the state and close to an airport."
What he doesn't say: Friends speculate he may run for office.
Why you should care about America's aging workforce … The percent of the workforce that is 65 or older is at a record 5.9%, more than double its record low in the mid-1980s, Jill Mislinski of Advisor Perspectives points out in a recent blog post.
Axios' Christopher Matthews unpacks that:
"NCAA, Vegas Style: City celebrates with flair, betting and Musburger," by USA Today's Martin Rogers on The Strip: "Musburger popularized the phrase 'March Madness,' previously used by an Illinois high school tournament, while broadcasting the event for CBS in the early 1980s. After a long career with that network and ESPN, he is now based here as the lead host for VSiN, a new network that targets the continually booming sports gambling fan base."
"The gambler is always the underdog here, but hey, this is the first weekend of the tournament, the time when long shots with wide eyes and big dreams confound the money line. Sometimes. … Virtually every casino is hosting extravagant watch parties."