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Bill Clinton teams up with James Patterson to pen White House thriller, per N.Y. Times' Alexandra Alter: "In June 2018, Alfred A. Knopf and Little, Brown and Company will jointly publish 'The President Is Missing' ... a 'unique amalgam of intrigue, suspense and behind-the-scenes global drama' that will be 'informed by insider details that only a president can know.'"

How it happened: "The project came about late last year when Robert B. Barnett, ... who represents both Mr. Clinton and Mr. Patterson, had the idea of pairing them up on a novel."

"Obama starts defining his new role in the age of Trump," by AP's Julie Pace: "After dropping out of sight for a pair of glamorous island getaways, Obama is emerging for a series of paid and unpaid speeches, drawing sharp contrasts with Trump even as he avoids saying the new president's name."

  • "[T]he attention surrounding Obama has ... magnified the vacuum for new Democratic leadership, a reality that aides say is not lost on the former president."
  • "In an unusual move for a former president ... Obama taped a video endorsing Emmanuel Macron, the eventual winner of the French presidential election. He backed Macron after Trump appeared to side with nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen."
  • "Obama advisers say ... he is willing to consider requests for support from overseas candidates. Later this month, he'll appear alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who faces elections later this year, for a panel on democracy.
  • "Obama's stop in Germany will coincide with Trump's first visit to Europe as president, ... setting up a stark contrast between the 44th and 45th presidents on the world stage."

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Capitol repairs, security top $30M since Jan. 6 attacks

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The Architect of the Capitol Brett Blanton on Wednesday said that repairs and security expenses related to the Jan. 6 insurrection have already cost more than $30 million.

The state of play: Congressional appropriations committees have allocated the $30 million for repairs and perimeter fencing around the Capitol building through March 31, per NPR.

Updated 3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

White House stands by imperiled Tanden nomination after Senate panel postpones hearing

Neera Tanden. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Senate Homeland Security Committee is postponing a confirmation hearing scheduled Wednesday for Neera Tanden, Axios has learned, a potential death knell for President Biden's nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget.

The latest: Asked Wednesday afternoon whether Tanden has offered to withdraw her nomination, Psaki told reporters, "That’s not the stage we’re in." She noted that it's a "numbers game" and a "matter of getting one Republican" to support the nomination.

Acting Capitol Police chief: Officers were unsure of lethal force rules on Jan. 6

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Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman wrote in prepared remarks for a House hearing on Thursday that officers in her department were "unsure of when to use lethal force" during the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Why it matters: Capitol Police did deploy lethal force on Jan. 6 — shooting and killing 35-year-old Ashli Babbit — but have faced questions over why officers appeared to be less forceful against pro-Trump rioters than participants in previous demonstrations, including those over Black Lives Matter and now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

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