Daily Kickoff: NYC terror attack kills 8, including Jewish man from Argentina | Debating Israeli Democracy | Jay Leno’s on his New Rochelle roots

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TERROR IN NYC — Manhattan Terror Attack Kills 8 and Injures 11 — by Benjamin Mueller, William Rashbaum: “A driver plowed a pickup truck down a crowded bike path along the Hudson River in Manhattan on Tuesday, killing eight people and injuring 11 before being shot by a police officer in what officials are calling the deadliest terrorist attack on New York City since Sept. 11, 2001. The rampage ended when the motorist — whom the police identified as Sayfullo Saipov, 29 — smashed into a school bus, jumped out of his truck and ran up and down the highway waving a pellet gun and paintball gun and shouting “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is great,” before he was shot in the abdomen by the officer. He remained in critical condition on Tuesday evening.” [NYTimesAP

“An Inept Terror Attack in New York” by Graeme Wood: “As we mourn the dead, we should keep in mind that this attack could have been much worse. It partly resembles Nice, or the Berlin Christmas market attack. But it also resembles something more pathetic—a suicide by cop. As long as the Islamic State’s attackers are idiots like Saipov, our societies can probably handle them.” [TheAtlantic]

Jewish man among 5 Argentinians killed in New York attack: “Among the victims of Tuesday’s terror attack on a bike path near the World Trade Center in New York were five Argentinian men, one of whom was a Jewish businessman, Ariel Erlij. They were part of a group of eight friends celebrating the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation with a trip to New York City…” [ToIYWN]

Israeli PM Netanyahu tweets this morning: “To @POTUS, @NYGovCuomo & @NYCMayor: We stand with our friends in NY & all Americans following yet another horrible Islamist terror attack.” [Twitter] • Netanyahu called Gov. Andrew Cuomo this morning to convey Israel’s solidarity with the people of NY [Pic]

NOTEWORTHY — Michael Wilner: “CNN airs graphic of vehicular terrorist attacks worldwide since 2016. Does not list any in Israel, where several have occurred.” [Twitter]

— CNN Host Jake Tapper did reference Israel and Pakistan when talking about law enforcement’s concern that terrorists sometimes stage additional attacks while first responders rush to the scene.

“Trump and allies gin up a new culprit for New York terrorist attack: Chuck Schumer” by Derek Hawkins and Samantha Schmidt: “Prominent right-wing commentators and news outlets seized on an ABC7 story reporting that alleged attacker Sayfullo Saipov had come to the United States from Uzbekistan under a State Department program known as the Diversity Visa Lottery… Schumer, they claimed, was the brains behind the program and therefore, of course, bears responsibility for the attack… Trump joined the criticism with a series of tweets early Wednesday morning.” [WashPost]

Schumer responds: “President Trump, instead of politicizing and dividing America, which he always seems to do at times of national tragedy, should be focusing on the real solution — anti-terrorism funding — which he proposed cutting in his most recent budget.”

KAFE KNESSET — Fighting over unity — by Tal Shalev and JPost’s Lahav Harkov: Today is former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s 22nd Yartzheit, and the day the Knesset remembers him and his assassination. There’s always heightened political tension ahead of the Rabin memorial, and this year is no exception. Politicians are heated up about Saturday night, when the annual public event in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, the site of his assassination, will take place. This year, the rally is organized by Commanders for Israel’s Security and Darkenu, formerly known as V15, and they’ve titled it “We Remember: We are one people.” Many on the Left are angry that the word “murder” or “assassination” is not mentioned on the promotional materials, and that settlers will be speaking. One of the planned speakers, Esther Brot, who was evacuated from her home in the Ofra settlement earlier this year, said in a radio interview this morning that there was “incitement on both sides,” and mentioned that Rabin had called settlers “a cancer in the body of the nation.”

Meretz responded by calling on the organizers to disinvite Brot.Zionist Union MK Amir Peretz said it is important “not to let anyone blur the meaning of political murder… I have no intention to forget or forgive.” In the same party, MK Eitan Broshi, who had been an aide to Rabin when he was defense minister, called out his fellow left-wing politicians, saying: “Whoever wants to talk about changes in Judea and Samaria for a [peace] agreement, but isn’t able to hear people from there speak in the center of Tel Aviv should think again.” Read today’s entire Kafe Knesset here [JewishInsider]

DRIVING THE CONVO: “Is the End of Israeli Democracy Nigh? Israelis Debate Its Future” by Isabel Kershner: “Analysts say that the country is locked in a fundamental clash not between left and right but between the values of the founding generation of leaders who put the common good and the interests of the state first and a newer, more populist and partisan politics epitomized by Mr. Netanyahu’s government… Daniel Gordis, an author and senior vice president of Jerusalem’s Shalem College for the liberal arts, says he views much of what is happening in Israel “in the shadow of the Trump administration.” With all the differences in personality, Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Trump have resorted to similar tactics, such as decrying the mainstream news media as purveyors of “fake news.”” [NYTimes

REPORT — Netanyahu asked Trump to let Jonathan Pollard immigrate to Israel — by Peter Jacobs: “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked President Donald Trump to allow Jonathan Pollard — a convicted spy — to immigrate to Israel, according to Channel 2 news… Netanyahu reportedly told the Trump administration that Pollard would continue to be subject to the same restrictions if he was allowed to immigrate to Israel.” [BusinessInsiderMAKO]

SCENE IN DC: “President Trump’s senior advisers Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt visited yesterday Saeb Erekat who is recovering from surgery in Washington.” h/t Barak David [Pic]

“Hamas cedes Gaza border crossings to Palestinian Authority control” by Nidal al-Mughrabi: “We have handed over the crossings with honesty and responsibility, without bargaining and unconditionally,” Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said in a video address… COGAT, the Israeli military-run authority that supervises Erez and Kerem Shalom, said a meeting would be held with a PA representative to define joint working protocols and Israeli security conditions, including “the complete absence of any Hamas member or representative” at or near the crossings.” [Reuters]

DRIVING THE WEEK: “Century-old Letter Stirs Palestinian Anger Over U.K. Commemoration of Balfour” by Jonathan Ferziger and Michael Arnold: “The Israeli prime minister will depart Wednesday for events in the U.K. marking the Balfour Declaration… Joining Netanyahu at Thursday night’s commemoration will be U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, who said she would mark the occasion “with pride.” Her comments touched off a storm among Palestinians, who demand an official U.K. apology for Balfour. That the issue stirs such passions a century after Balfour put pen to paper reflects the difficulty of bridging competing claims to the Holy Land. U.S. President Donald Trump is preparing to present a peace plan for the region… It might seem esoteric to protest a 100-year-old document, but the Balfour Declaration remains at the heart of the Middle East conflict, said Michael Oren, an Israeli deputy cabinet minister… The letter’s fundamental point is that the Jews are a nation with a right to self-determination, something the Palestinians still don’t accept, he said.” [Bloomberg

ON THE HILL — “U.N. Support for Palestinian Lawfare Against Israel Sparks Anger on Capitol Hill” by Jenna Lifhits: “According to the U.N. Developmental Assistance Framework (UNDAF), the support will include training and technical advice so that Palestinians can “effectively access international accountability mechanisms” and “hold Israel accountable for its violations under international law.” Texas senator Ted Cruz sharply condemned the move… “This is yet another example of the U.N.’s shameful hostility towards Israel, which encourages more false attacks, accusations, and criticism of our close ally,” he told TWS. “I will continue to press all legislative options to ensure U.S. taxpayer dollars are not used to implement, facilitate, or carry out this discriminatory plan undermining Israel.”” [TWS

“Iraq bans Israeli flags after Kurds wave them at independence rallies: “The Iraqi parliament voted on Tuesday to criminalize the flying of Israeli flags after the banners were held aloft at a number of Kurdish independence rallies… Israel has been among the only countries to openly support an independent Kurdish state, and many Kurds have welcomed the support, drawing accusations from Arab leaders that the referendum was a Zionist plot.” [ToI]

HEARD YESTERDAY — State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert answering a question about the flags: “If [the Iraqis] choose to do that, that is certainly their place to do that. That would be an internal Iraqi matter. But I think the Israelis very well know how much we support them and what a strong relationship we have with the Government of Israel.”

“The Kurds Are Right Back Where They Started” by Joost Hiltermann: “Perhaps most shocking to the Kurds was Washington’s opposition to the referendum and response to the Kirkuk takeover. The KRG has received massive military support from Western nations in the fight against ISIS, raising its expectations that they would support the bid for independence. Yet the Trump administration stood by as Iraqi forces and Iran-backed militias advanced. Why, the Kurds asked, would Washington oppose their inalienable right to self-determination, one that Americans themselves once exercised, after they proved themselves to be Washington’s steadfast allies in Iraq after 2003, especially in the fight against ISIS? And why had America led them to believe they were on the path to independence, only to chastise them when they expressed this deepest aspiration?” [TheAtlantic]

COMING THIS WEEKEND: “This Powerful Adelson-funded Israel Lobby Could Soon Rival AIPAC’s Influence in Washington” by Amir Tibon: “An AIPAC official told Haaretz that AIPAC views the IAC as a “partner organization” that supports a common goal – strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship. According to the IAC, it “has a great relationship with AIPAC. Our delegation to the Policy Conference has grown every year. Some of our board members, including the chairman of our board, are AIPAC donors.” … At this week’s IAC conference, besides the three right-wing Israeli politicians and one senior official from the Trump administration, there will be at least nine other speakers who are strongly affiliated with the right in the two countries. There will be only one left-wing Israeli politician (Merav Michaeli), one U.S. expert who is considered a centrist, pro-Israel Democrat (Dennis Ross, the former adviser to Clinton and Obama), and one former lawmaker from the centrist Yesh Atid party (Ruth Calderon).” [Haaretz]

PROFILE: “Andrew Weissmann, Mueller’s Legal Pit Bull” by Matt Flegenheimer: “It is not clear if President Trump and his charges fear Mr. Weissmann… It is quite clear, former colleagues and opponents say, that they should.” [NYTimes]

SPOTLIGHT: “Top Mnuchin aide’s private jet flight to Palm Beach was legal, but legal ‘does not always equate to wise,’ watchdog finds” by Lisa Rein: “[Eli] Miller mentioned to [Nelson] Peltz that he was flying to Palm Beach, Fla., that night to visit his in-laws. Peltz said he was traveling there, too, and offered him a ride in his private jet. After getting a green light from Treasury’s ethics official, Miller accepted the ride, working and emailing on the flight while Peltz slept… The propriety of this trip came under investigation by the Treasury Department’s inspector general. His conclusion: The flight to Florida was a perfectly legal “gift,” since the chief of staff and the hedge fund billionaire have been friends since they met on the Trump campaign and no Treasury business was discussed.” [WashPost

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Israeli VC firm Carmel Ventures rebrands as Viola Ventures and launches new $200 million fund [VentureBeat] • Kåre Schultz to Start as Teva CEO Today [Calcalist] • Israel-founded Kaltura said to be eyeing Nasdaq IPO in 2018 [ToI] • Wahed raises $7 million for Halal-based investment platform [VentureBeat] • David Schottenstein’s celeb-favorite eye-wear shop to open in Midtown [NYPost• Kushner partner all but kills plan for Fifth Ave skyscraper [AP]

“Clark Valberg’s InVision picks up $100 million Series E” by Jordan Crook: “InVision, the design collaboration tool based out of New York, has today announced the close of a $100 million Series E funding round. The financing was led by Battery Ventures, with participation from existing investors Accel, Tiger Global Management, Firstmark and ICONIQ Capital, along with new investors Spark Capital and Geodesic. InVision launched back in 2011 as a tool that would simply let designers build out prototypes of websites or applications without having engineers write out all the code each time a small change is made… And with 80% of the Fortune 100 as customers — including companies like IBM, Disney, Nike, Airbnb, Facebook, Twitter and Capital One — the growing staff will have their work cut out for them.”[TechCrunchBusinessInsider]

“Jay Leno talks about being a ‘Shabbos goy’ and his New Rochelle roots” by Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy: “My grandparents spoke only Italian, my friend’s grandparents only spoke Polish and other people’s grandparents only spoke Yiddish,” he said…. Growing up in New Rochelle, Leno… claims to have even served as a “shabbos goy,” a non-Jew who performs certain tasks which a Jewish person is prohibited from doing on the Sabbath. “I was a shabbos goy. I’d help the neighbors shut things on and off,” Leno said. “On Christmas, they’d run errands and do things for us… It didn’t seem different to me because it was normal for me. It was a fun place.  It was a nice community.” [Lohud]

TALK OF THE TOWN — Police seek 2 suspects after U of Illinois menorah damaged: “The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that the weekend incident is the fourth time the menorah has been damaged since 2015. Surveillance video shows two people walking by the menorah about 10:50 p.m.Friday. Both men try to shake and move the menorah before one of them removes a branch and walks away with it.” [AP]

“A Train Called Anne Frank? German Railway Plan Prompts Outcry” by Dan Bilefsky: “73 years after she boarded that wagon, leaving behind a diary that would one day be read around the world, Deutsche Bahn has announced that it plans to name a new high-speed train after her. The idea of Germany’s state rail operator claiming one of the most enduring symbols of the Holocaust has prompted an outcry… A statement from the Anne Frank House, the museum that preserves the family’s hiding place in Amsterdam, noted that the combination of a train and her name was “painful for people who experienced these deportations and causes fresh pain for those who still bear the consequences of those times within them.”” [NYTimes]

HOLLYWOOD: “Six women accuse filmmaker Brett Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct” by Amy Kaufman and Daniel Miller: “In interviews with the Los Angeles Times, Henstridge and five other women accused Ratner of a range of sexual harassment and misconduct that allegedly took place in private homes, on movie sets or at industry events… Although some have questioned his conduct, Ratner has defenders in the industry including five former assistants who have worked closely with him throughout the years… Over the years, Ratner has received several honors for his philanthropic and humanitarian endeavors. On Sunday, the Jewish National Fund presented Ratner with its annual Tree of Life Award at a gala in Hollywood… Gal Gadot, the Israeli star of “Wonder Woman,” had been slated to give the award to Ratner, but as The Times was reporting on his alleged sexual misbehavior last week, the actress’ publicist announced she would not appear at the event because of a scheduling conflict.” [LATimes]

BIRTHDAYS: Rabbi of Baltimore’s Beth Tfiloh Congregation, Mitchell Wohlberg turns 73… Country singer, whose failed bid for Governor of Texas in 2006 won him 13% of the votes in a six-way race, Richard Samet “Kinky” Friedman turns 73… Pioneering investor in the personal computing industry, founder of Lotus and co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Mitch Kapor turns 67… Senior Rabbi at Beit T’Shuvah, a nonprofit Jewish addiction treatment center and synagogue community in Los Angeles, Mark Borovitzturns 66… Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of Energy, formerly a staffer for VPOTUS Dan Quayle (1989-93), Les Novitsky turns 60… Principal at Calabasas, California-based CRC-Commercial Realty Consultants, he is a vice-chair of the real estate and construction division of the Los Angeles Jewish Federation, Brian Weisberg turns 45… Associate in the DC office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, she was a law clerk for USDC Judge Ellen Hollander in Baltimore, Clare F. Steinberg turns 29 (h/t Playbook)… Mitchell Caminerturns 24… Pitcher in the Kansas City Royals organization with a 97 mph fastball, he pitched for Team Israel at the 2017 World Baseball Classic, Gabe Cramer turns 23… Researcher and producer for CNN’s political unit, Marshall Cohen… Grassroots engagement director since 2017 for Teach NYS at the Orthodox Union’s Advocacy Center, she was previously AIPAC’s Director of South Shore Long Island, Annie Peck Watman

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Daily Kickoff: Rep. Rohrabacher defends association with Holocaust denier | Deutch, Lapid team up | Jewish Agency leaders try lobbying Israeli public

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ON THE HILL — Rep. Rohrabacher defends association with Holocaust denier — by JI’s Aaron Magid: After the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) blasted Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) for reportedly “welcoming Charles Johnson to a meeting,” the California lawmaker penned a letter to the ADL where he “welcomed support” from the known Holocaust denier on areas of mutual agreement. “I strongly disagree with him on a number of topics, which happen to be those same beliefs you mention in your letter,” Rohrabacher wrote. “That said, he also agrees with me on other very significant issues. I welcome his support on those issues of agreement and oppose this ideas on which we disagree.”

Rohrabacher asserted that Johnson arrived at the October 5 Capitol Hill meeting uninvited but “was allowed to sit in, only in the sense that no one said no and told him to go.” After receiving the California lawmaker’s letter, an ADL spokesman noted, “In the future, we hope that Rep. Rohrabacher will play a role to help ensure that Johnson, or anyone similarly associated with Holocaust denial, is excluded from future meetings with members of Congress on Capitol Hill.” [JewishInsider• Read Rohrabacher’s letter to the ADL here [Scribd]

KAFE KNESSET — Team Lapid-Deutch takes on the EU and Hezbollah — by Tal Shalev and JPost’s Lahav Harkov: A week after Congress passed House Resolution 359, which calls on the EU to designate Hezbollah – in its entirety – as a terrorist organization, the bill’s sponsor Representative Ted Deutch has joined forces with Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid for a transatlantic push on the matter. “Europe, believe Hezbollah, it is precisely the terrible terror organization it says it is,” is the title of a joint article Lapid and Deutch authored yesterday in the Spanish El Pais and the Italian Corriere della Sera, two of the continent’s most widely read newspapers. Both politicians have also sent similar letters to the 27 EU ambassadors in Israel and the US. “The step is overdue and now is time for action,” they wrote, urging the EU to abandon the “false distinction” between the group’s military and political wing and to designate all of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization subject to sanctions. Read today’s entire Kafe Knesset here[JewishInsider]

“Israel blows up Gaza tunnel, killing 8 militants, including an Islamic Jihad commander” by Noga Tarnopolsky: “It’s a tale of two tunnels, and it augurs difficulties for the Palestinian unity agreement announced to international fanfare this month. One tunnel was dug straight from the Gaza Strip, which is ruled by the Islamist militia Hamas, into a southern Israeli community. The Israeli army blew it up early Monday, detonating it from within Israel using as-yet unidentified “advanced technology,” according to a statement made by the army.”

“According to Israeli analysts, Israel chose a relatively restrained engagement because the tunnel was not directly linked to Hamas, an implacable foe. Late Monday, as quiet reigned, the military analyst Avi Issacharoff posted that “many people are breathing a sigh of relief this evening, both in Israel and in Gaza, including Hamas, because reports indicate the tunnel near Kissufim was controlled by Islamic Jihad, not Hamas. This reduced the possibility of escalation.”” [LATimes]

DRIVING THE DAY: “Jews of the Diaspora Bring Their Cause to the Israeli Public” by David Halbfinger: On Tuesday, 120 of the Jewish Agency’s international board of governors plan to descend on the Knesset, meeting with dozens of Israeli legislators, including some members of the ultra-Orthodox parties, in what Natan Sharansky, the former Soviet dissident who leads the Jewish Agency, called “our biggest lobbying effort ever.” “The problem is not just that the prime minister gave in to political pressure,” he said in an interview. “The ministers feel that they don’t have to pay a political price, and that’s because there’s not that much awareness” of the needs of non-Orthodox Jews… The lobbying day is to be followed by an advertising and media campaign, educational efforts in Israeli schools and trips for Israeli lawmakers and leaders to the United States “to give them a real-life glimpse of what and who we are,” said Rabbi [Rick] Jacobs.” [NYTimes]

“‘Stop Throwing Us Crumbs’, non-Orthodox Jewish Leaders Tell Netanyahu’s Representative” by Judy Maltz: “Tzachi Hanegbi, deputy minister for regional cooperation and a close confidant of the prime minister, met with members of the Jewish Agency Board of Governors at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, hoping to convince them of the need to make further compromises.” [Haaretz] • Netanyahu confirms he will speak via satellite to Jewish Federation gathering [ToI]

Sen. Chuck Schumer in a video message on Twitter: “We have new challenges. The world changes rapidly. Weapons are quicker and more deadly. Hezbollah loads up rockets in Lebanon and nobody seems to do much about it… The Israeli-American relationship is strong, but needs to be strengthened further, particularly among the young people.” [Video]

“Nigel Farage condemned over ‘Jewish lobby’ comment” by Daniel Sugarman: “Farage… took a call from someone… during a debate on Russian influence in last year’s US presidential election. “How come… no one really highlighting AIPAC and the Israeli lobby and their involvement in American politics and elections,” the caller asked. Mr Farage responded by saying Ahmed had made “a reasonable point.” He added… “They have a voice within American politics… But I don’t think anybody is suggesting that the Israeli government tried to affect the result of the American elections.” When the caller claimed Israel had Democrats and Republicans “in their pockets,” Mr Farage, the former leader of UKIP, responded: “In terms of money and influence they are a very powerful lobby.” [TheJC]

“UK’s Johnson says 1917 Jewish homeland declaration terms ‘not fully realized'” by William James: “Foreign secretary Boris Johnson said on Monday that a key proviso of a 100-year old British declaration which laid the foundations for Israel had not been fully met, striking a sympathetic tone towards the Palestinians. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to travel to Britain on Thursday to meet his British counterpart Theresa May and Johnson for the anniversary of the Balfour declaration… In an article written for the Daily Telegraph newspaper… Johnson described himself as a “friend of Israel”, but also said he was “deeply moved by the suffering of those affected and dislodged by its birth.”” [Reuters]

REPORT: “Saudi pressure led to US thwarting Greater Jerusalem Bill” by Roi Kais: “The [Saudi Al-Watan] newspaper quoted a senior White House official who said Saudi diplomats demanded in talks with their American counterparts that breaks be slammed on the advancement of legislation seeking to connect a number of settlements in the West Bank to Jerusalem… According to the official, Washington has the ability to stifle any move it believes could sabotage the renewal of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.”[Ynet] • UAE officials apologize to Israel judo team following handshake snub[CNN]

On Saturday, Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner returned from an unannounced visit to Saudi Arabia. The trip’s aims were not revealed, but close Trump associate Tom Barrack told Politico, “Jared has always been driven to try and solve the Israel-Palestinian dispute. The key to solving that dispute is Egypt. And the key to Egypt is Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia.” [LATimes]

1600 PENN AVE: “Trump’s top aides will skip Asia for tax push” by Jonathan Swan: “Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, economic adviser Gary Cohn and Ivanka Trump will hold tax-reform events in crucial states and blue House districts held by Republicans and speak with national and regional media. Ivanka canceled meetings she had arranged in China and South Korea as part of the Asia trip. She’s still visiting Japan, ahead of her father, to give a speech at the invitation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, but will fly back over the weekend to begin the tax push.” [Axios]

“A White House Story Reveals Shifting Stance on Tax Cuts for the Rich” by Jim Tankersley: “Earlier this month, in a meeting with members of the Senate Finance Committee, Mr. Trump repeated his oft-told anecdote of a chat he had with his good friend Robert Kraft, the wealthy owner of the New England Patriots, in which Mr. Kraft implored him to cut taxes for the middle class but not the rich. Mr. Trump agreed with that notion, Democrats who attended the meeting said, and declared that his coming tax bill would be focused on the middle class and not on rich people like Mr. Trump… the Trump administration is shifting away from the president’s own words. They’re not saying the rich shouldn’t get any tax relief — they’re saying the rich deserve to get one.” [NYTimes

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: “Top campaign officials knew of Trump adviser’s outreach to Russia” by Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger: “Throughout the summer, [George] Papadopoulos met with foreign officials and gave interviews to media in other countries, sometimes describing Trump’s views on Putin or Russia. He told a group of researchers in Israel that Trump saw Putin as “a responsible actor and potential partner,” according to a column in the Jerusalem Post.” [WashPost] • Trump Campaign Adviser Who Pled Guilty to Lying to FBI Has Surprising Ties to Israeli Settlers[Haaretz

STATE VISIT — Gov. Walker meets with Israel’s Netanyahu: “Gov. Scott Walker… met with Netanyahu one-on-one in Jerusalem for an hour on Monday… They discussed issues facing Israel and how to bolster the relationship between the country and Wisconsin… Walker also participated Monday in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and a tree-planting ceremony at the Kennedy Peace Forest. Walker plans to visit Tel Aviv on Tuesday. He’ll take part in several events aimed at developing partnerships in the water technology and technology sectors.” [AP]

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: The Slow, Necessary Decline of Israeli Adtech [Calcalist• Meet David Rosenblatt, the e-commerce CEO who’s not afraid of Amazon [Recode] • Jake Kassan’s Watch Brand by and for Millennials[NYTimes] • The Reason Why Starbucks Coffee Sizes Aren’t Small, Medium, and Large: Howard Schultz wanted distinctive names” for the beverages to honor Italian heritage [ReadersDigest]

STARTUP NATION: “Samsung and SoftBank invest in Israeli lidar startup Innoviz Technologies” by Paul Sawers: “Innoviz Technologies, a startup that’s building solid-state lidar technology for autonomous cars, has extended its previously announced series B funding round to $73 million. Joining are Samsung Catalyst, an early stage VC fund from Samsung Electronics, and SoftBank Ventures Korea, an affiliate of SoftBank’s Korean holding company.” [VentureBeat]

“Ex-Warner Music Head Edgar Bronfman Starts a VC Firm” by Sarah McBride: “[Edgar] Bronfman Jr., now a managing partner at New York-based private equity firm Accretive LLC, is starting a venture firm with veteran investor Daniel Leff. The new firm, Waverley Capital, aims to raise a debut fund of about $100 million, targeting media investments…. “There’s almost no money in Silicon Valley going toward media,” Bronfman said.”[Bloomberg]

“J-Rod! Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez on Love, Beauty, and Redemption” by Bethany McLean: “Today, A-Rod Corp is an investment firm focused on a broad array of industries, including real estate, sports and wellness, media, and entertainment. “I don’t have your traditional formal education,” he says. “Mine comes through reading and passion and grit and collecting a lot of information from my mentors. I’ve never been afraid to say, ‘I don’t know. Can you explain that to me?’ That’s echoed by hedge-fund billionaire Marc Lasry, who has invested with Rodriguez for the last decade. “What’s interesting about Alex is that he’s a sponge,” Lasry says. “He really wants to learn.” [VanityFair]

The Israeli entrepreneur who discovered Shabbat: “In the past two years, I have begun to observe Shabbat,” WeWork founder [Adam] Neumann… told the Yediot Aharonot newspaper in an interview published Sunday. “During Shabbat I am completely cut off, there is no one to talk to, and I do not compromise about it,” he said. “At first it felt like a tough assignment, but it gives me time with my children, my wife, my friends… Shabbat arrives, we light candles, relax, friends come over, we eat a meal that we cooked beforehand. We are cut off from the rest of the world, but in reality connecting with each other. I spend more time than I ever did with my family and even phone and see my mother more. And the real magic is that the more I do it, the more successful the company is. Go figure.”” [Arutz7Kikar]

“Jewish Owned Ride Sharing Startup Strikes A Deal On ‘Shark Tank’” by Jenny Singer: “When the now 25 year-old Isaac Deutsch came to Zoli Honig in January 2015 with an idea for a free, electric, car-sharing service, Honig, now 29, told his friend, “You’re nuts! It’s not going to work.” But within one year the pair had launched WaiveCar, a service which allows users to locate a nearby electric car via an app and drive it for up to two hours for free, thanks to the paid advertisements on the car. On Sunday night’s episode, in crisp black t-shirts and matching kippot, the WaiveCar creators pitched their company with the precocious charm of two Jewish Newsies fresh from a trip to Silicon Valley.”[Forward]

“New tech, 3-D holograms preserve Holocaust survivor stories” by Don Babwin: “The interactive display is the latest version of an exhibit that’s been shown at a handful of sites including New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. But those exhibits were two-dimensional, with survivors appearing as they would on a movie or television screen. The exhibit (at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center) in Skokie marks the first time that the voice-recognition technology powering conversations with audiences has been married to 3-D holographic technology to tell survivors’ stories.” [AP]

SPORTS BLINK: “How I Discovered My Cousin, the Dodger” by E. Randol Schoenberg: “Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson’s mom, Shelly Cahn, has a remarkable Jewish background. Shelly’s paternal great-grandfather, Leopold Cahn, was born March 13, 1864, in San Francisco. Leopold’s grandparents came from Bouxwiller in Alsace, France, and have typical Jewish surnames from that region: Cahn, Loeb, Weyl and Bamberger. And on and on. Some people like to do crossword puzzles. I like to do genealogy.” [JewishJournal]

BIRTHDAYS: Founding partner at Lanx Management, former President of AIPAC (2006-2010) and Chairman of the Orthodox Union, Howard E. (Tzvi) Friedman turns 52… Entrepreneur, bestselling author and philanthropist, founder of Pencils of Promise and MissionU, Adam Braun turns 34… Actor with a lengthy career in film, television and theatre, Ron Rifkin turns 78… British historian, born in Baghdad, emeritus professor of International Relations at Oxford, Avi Shlaim turns 72… Author, historian and journalist, formerly editor of The New York Times Book Review, Sam Tanenhaus turns 62… Journalist and author, she is a staff writer for The New Yorker and has contributed articles to Vogue, Rolling Stone and Esquire, her 1998 book was made into the award-winning movie Adaptation (2002), Susan Orlean turns 62… Finance and real estate executive, managing partner of Arel Capital, a private equity real estate firm based in NYC, previously he was the chief investment officer of Gottex Fund Management, Richard Leibovitch turns 54… British lawyer who has served in many communal roles including as CEO of the Board of Deputies of British Jews (2005-2013) and COO of World ORT (2014-2015), Marc Jonathan (Jon) Benjamin turns 53… Global marketing campaign manager for PwC, Spencer Herbst turns 26… National Director for Progressive Engagement at AIPAC, Marilyn Rosenthal… Native of Pittsburgh, Masha Shollar

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BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: “Billionaire Republicans Privately Diss Trump” by Michelle Celarier: “The new dark mood was on display at the Robin Hood Investment Conference last week at 50 Varick Street, an event space in downtown Manhattan. The Robin Hood conference is an annual event where about 1,000 investors pay as much as $7,500 each for two days of talks by a dozen of the best brains in finance… Barry Sternlicht, a billionaire real-estate investor, hotel mogul, and self-described Trump friend and golf partner, seemed to have soured on the president. “I expected him to go to the middle, because I thought he wanted to be great,” he said of Trump, according to an audio of his off-the-record talk obtained by New York. “I played [golf] with Donald Trump and his golf game is like his presidency,” he said…”

“Frequent GOP donor Seth Klarman… offered a much harsher assessment of Trump to his peers. “The president is a threat to democracy. He has attacked journalists and he’s threatening to take away NBC’s license,” Klarman said, according to an audio recording of his remarks. “He’s attacking judges. He’s violating all sorts of democratic norms, from the emoluments clause to questioning the election and threatening to lock up his opponent. People don’t focus on this but Nazi Germany had a constitution before Hitler came to power and at the end of the war they had the exact same constitution. It lasted all the way through, but democracy didn’t.”” [NYMag]

“Moishe Mana, unplugged: Investor dishes on his plans for Wynwood, unloads on POTUS” by Francisco Alvarado: “Mana related the discrimination his family faced as Jews in Iraq before emmigrating to Israel to the current climate in the Trump era toward minorities and immigrants. “When he was chosen to be the Republican nominee, I declared it the moral bankruptcy of America,” Mana said. “We have to endure his craziness and all his crazy ideas. He is doing destructive things on all kinds of issues.” [TheRealDeal]

TOP TALKER: “Bannon declares war on Singer in call with Trump” by Jonathan Swan: “In a Friday night phone call, President Trump’s former chief strategist and enforcer Steve Bannon told Trump he was going “off the chain” to destroy Paul Singer… Trump agreed with Bannon that it needed to be done… (Though I’m also told that Trump has since told at least one other person that Singer is “on the team” — suggesting that maybe he’s telling everyone what they want to hear.)… A source familiar with the arrangements told me that Singer has already made a “major commitment” and cut substantial checks to outside groups to support the president’s tax reform push.” [Axios

BACKSTORY: “Conservative Website First Funded Anti-Trump Research by Firm That Later Produced Dossier” by Ken Vogel and Maggie Haberman: “The Free Beacon, funded in large part by the New York hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer, hired the firm, Fusion GPS, in 2015 to unearth damaging information about several Republican presidential candidates, including Mr. Trump. But The Free Beacon told the firm to stop doing research on Mr. Trump in May 2016… The revelation of The Free Beacon’s involvement with Fusion GPS threatens a rapprochement between Mr. Trump and Mr. Singer, who donated $1 million to the president’s inaugural fund and has visited the White House on multiple occasions… On Friday, an associate said Mr. Singer had not been aware of the dossier or Mr. Steele’s involvement in Fusion GPS’s research until January, when BuzzFeed published the dossier.” [NYTimes]

MEDIA WATCH: “Inside CNN and Time Warner, Fear Simmers as the AT&T Merger Looms” by Joe Pompeo: “The question has been hanging in the air for the better part of a year inside the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle: will AT&T leave CNN President Jeff Zucker in his job when—if—it completes its acquisition of Time Warner? For months, AT&T, a Dallas-based telecom giant with no news or entertainment experience to speak of, has been evasive about this question. “Can’t they say anything nice about the guy?” one Time Warner executive remarked to me recently.”

“Some at Time Warner have been charitable about his reticence. “If you’re [AT&T CEO] Randall Stephenson,” said one executive, “here’s what you don’t want to do, and everyone’s telling you this: don’t say something that can become a quote that [Trump] can take and create a problem for you with.” With the union edging ever closer to consummation, AT&T has finally decided to give Zucker a public thumbs-up. A company spokesman provided the following statement from John Stankey after I reached out to discuss this story: “We don’t comment upon anyone’s employment at a company we don’t yet own. But, as it relates to CNN, it’s clearly a great organization, they are having a great year, and Jeff Zucker is doing a terrific job.” [VanityFair]

SPOTTED on Saturday in NYC: Josh Kushner and Karlie Kloss listening to a Shabbat lecture by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks near Washington Square Park.

“Ivanka Trump, Amid West Wing Crisis, Celebrates Her Birthday” by Emily Jane Fox: “If the mood in Trumpworld was gloomy, there was no sign of discontent Saturday night, as the president and first lady strode into the gilded lobby of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C… Ivanka Trump, the First Daughter and assistant to the president, was celebrating her 36th birthday two days early. It was a surprise dinner, and Ivanka… was joined by several friends from Manhattan, including her brother-in-law Josh Kushner. Her husband, Jared Kushner, joined after just returning from an unannounced trip to Saudi Arabia.” [VanityFair]

DRIVING THE CONVO: The Israeli government’s plan to move ahead with a bill that would annex West Bank settlements to Jerusalem seems to have been stalled due to objections from the Trump administration. “The Americans turned to us and inquired what the bill was about. As we have been coordinating with them until now, it is worth (to continue) talking and coordinating with them. We are working to promote and develop the settlement enterprise,” Netanyahu told his cabinet ministers yesterday, according to Haaretz. The bill’s sponsor, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, toldNRG that he would continue to push the bill despite misgivings by the White House. Katz also said that he was somewhat surprised by the pressure from the US to shelve the plan, noting that top US officials Jason Greenblatt and David Friedman had been notified of the proposal months ago.

Greenblatt and Friedman met with Prime Minister Netanyahu yesterday. A senior US official told The Times of Israel the meeting was “a general check-in on peace conversations.” The meeting took place after Greenblatt returned from an unannounced trip to Saudi Arabia accompanying Jared Kushner and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell last week.

KAFE KNESSET — Trump administration’s diplomatic “blitz” — by Tal Shalev and JPost’s Lahav Harkov: The diplomatic scene appears to be heating up, and a flurry of meetings and travels inside and out of the region is building an impression that something could be going on. Yesterday, the White House confirmed Jared Kushner’s secret visit to Saudi Arabia, and Jason Greenblatt and David Friedman visited Bibi. Meanwhile, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon discreetly made his way to Ramallah, to meet with Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah and other high-level Palestinian officials. This is the second time Kahlon met Hamdallah this year, constituting the highest-level open channel between Jerusalem and Ramallah, and the first time since Palestinian reconciliation was announced.

“We talked about things that were stuck, after the security cabinet authorized us to move forward with some things,” Kahlon said, keeping things vague, but emphasizing that the meeting was about economic and not diplomatic issues… The meeting had been postponed for months, due to recurring terror attacks. Kafe Knesset has learned that the godfather of the get-together was Jason Greenblatt, who met Kahlon last week and urged him to meet Hamdallah and move forward with several economic initiatives and make progress. As a proud father, after the meeting Greenblatt tweeted: “Meaningful steps forward on key economic issues – revenues, customs, and investment – that help support the search for peace.”

Jerusalem is buzzing with rumors, speculation, and headlines about an upcoming breakthrough on the Israeli-Palestinian front, and according to one well-informed source — the Palestinian issue was also big during Steve Mnuchin’s visit last week. “Trump’s envoys are determined to present him with an achievement by the end of the year, and are now on a ‘blitz’ pushing to move forward, either politically or economically,” the source said. Read today’s entire Kafe Knesset here [JewishInsider]

Ambassador Nikki Haley reverses Congressional testimony on U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority — by Aaron Magid: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley backtracked on remarks she made to the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) this summer regarding Washington’s economic assistance to the Palestinian Authority. Answering a June 28 query from Representative Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Haley testified, “We give quite a bit of money to the Palestinian Authority: directly, bilaterally.” However, in response to a written follow-up question from a member of Congress — first obtained by Jewish Insider —  Haley corrected herself this month. “Since 2014, the U.S. has not provided direct budget assistance to the Palestinian Authority,” she said.

Haley’s reversal on US assistance to the PA were not the only comments the former South Carolina Governor appeared to retract from the June 28Congressional hearing. While testifying, Haley declared that Qatar “funds Hamas.” Yet, Buzzfeed’s John Hudson reported on Friday that Haley corrected these comments and later wrote to members of Congress that Doha “does not fund” Hamas. [JewishInsider]

IRAN DEAL: “Iran Says Its President Turned Down a Meeting With Trump” by Zaid Sabah: “Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rebuffed a request from U.S. President Donald Trump to meet at the United Nations in New York in September… “A request indeed was made by the U.S. side but it wasn’t accepted by President Rouhani,” Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi said at a press conference on Sunday.” [Bloomberg Nuclear deal won’t stop Iran from producing missiles, Rouhani says [LATimes]

STATE-SIDE — Wisconsin becomes 24th US state to bar or condemn anti-Israel BDS movement: “Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker issued an executive order last Friday to ban state agencies from engaging in businesses with ties to the anti-Israel BDS movement…. With the passing of the order, Wisconsin became the 24th U.S. state to enact official measures condemning BDS… The initiative came just before Walker departed on a trip to Israel at the head of a 15-member business delegation. The delegation will be in Israel until Nov. 2.” [JNS]

2018 WATCH: “Two Aides With California Democratic Connections Leave Feinstein Challenger’s Team” by Ruby Cramer: “Kevin de León, the Democratic leader of the California State Senate, lost two key consultants after launching his bid to challenge a sitting five-term senator… The two former de León officials, his longtime election lawyer Stephen Kaufman and his fundraiser Stephanie Daily Smith, do not work for the incumbent candidate, Dianne Feinstein. But both work for leading California Democrats who support the 84-year-old senator, including California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, US Sen. Kamala Harris, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.” [BuzzFeed]

SCENE LAST NIGHT in Detroit — by JI reader Adam Finkel: Nearly 2,500 attendees came to the sold-out Yeshiva Beth Yehudah Annual Event. Held in Detroit, the event honored Lear CEO Matt Simoncini and featured Senator Cory Booker as the evening’s guest speaker. Ford CEO Jim Hackett was general chairman of the event. Booker offered a rousing speech about the need for civility in American politics and how Jewish individuals impacted several pivotal moments during his life. The event was held at Detroit’s Renaissance Center.

Spotted: Nancy and Jim Grosfeld, Matt Lester, Larry Wolfe, Scott Kaufman, Miryam Rosenzweig, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Senator Gary Peters, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, Congressman Sander Levin, Dr. Conad Giles, Mickey Shapiro, Sen. Booker’s Chief of Staff Matt Klapper, Gary Shiffman, Reverend Wendell Anthony, and legendary Yeshiva leader Gary Torgow. [Instagram]

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Maryland investigating Kushner Companies over apartments [CNNMoney] • A founder who sold his last startup for ~$50 million wants to make iconic TV for teens in the YouTube era [BI] • Lord & Taylor, WeWork and the Death of Leisure [NYTimes] • Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich buys 4th townhouse on street as slap in face to de Blasio[NYPostCurbed]

STARTUP NATION: “Armies Race to Deploy Drone, Self-Driving Tech on the Battlefield” by Robert Wall: “As with drones in the air, Israel has been an early adopter of land-based systems. The Israel Defense Forces deployed an unmanned ground vehicle along some of its borders to look for signs of possible incursions and keep troops away from cross-border sniper fire… Erez Peled, marketing vice president for Israel’s Elbit Systems Inc., ran the joint venture that developed the original Israeli border patrol car. He says that “technology wise, we clearly we can be there.” “The problem is conceptual,” Mr. Peled said. “Armies need to decide what they want.”” [WSJ]

HOLLYWOOD: “Gal Gadot Backs Out of Awards Dinner Honoring Brett Ratner” by Gene Maddaus: “Gadot was set to present the Tree of Life Award to Ratner at a dinner for the Jewish National Fund on Sunday at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. However, the actress recently backed out of the event… Nina Gordon, a spokeswoman working on Sunday’s event, said the organization was told that Gadot had a scheduling conflict. “Apparently she is stuck on promo stuff for ‘Justice League’ for China, and she’s not going to be back in time,” Gordon said… In an Instagram post on Friday, Gadot said: “That’s it for now, China. Thank you for having us.”” [Variety]

TALK OF OUR NATION: “How a WWII-era forger saved lives, one fake document at a time” by Anderson Cooper: “Adolfo Kaminsky took us to the street where he ran his secret lab, right under the nose of the Nazis. It was located in a narrow attic room in the center of Paris, just blocks from the Cathedral of Notre Dame. There, Kaminsky and three others used chemicals and other tools of the forging trade to create and alter documents, all the while avoiding detection by pretending they were artists… Using everyday items, like this sewing machine he still has, he created perforations in stamps. He salvaged metal from junk shops, and used wood blocks and inks to create rubber stamps. He also manufactured paper and reproduced watermarks, letterheads and official signatures.” [CBSNews]

“Why Israel Is Giving Syrians Free Spaghetti (And Health Care)” by Neri Zilber: “Though its future is as uncertain as the Syrian civil war, the Good Neighbor administration seems to be making more permanent plans. At a makeshift crossing on the border, the IDF recently erected a small white brick hut – with blast walls and metal detectors – to better vet the incoming Syrians (suicide bombings are a concern). There’s also the new medical clinic. Built on the site of an abandoned IDF post, the clinic sits on the other side of the heavily fortified border fence: still technically Israeli territory since the fence was built at a relative remove from the official ceasefire line, yet inside Syria for all practical military purposes.” [PoliticoMag]

ACROSS THE POND: Jeremy Corbyn turns down dinner with Israeli PM — by Kate Ferguson: “The Labour leader was invited to attend the event which is being thrown to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, which helped pave the way for a Jewish state. But he has reportedly snubbed the invite and is sending his shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry instead.”[DailyMail] • 100 Years After the Balfour Declaration, a Commemoration Rekindles Mideast Quarrels [WSJ]

“Jewish Philanthropists Create a Prize for Christian Missionaries” by Donald McNeil: “Christian missionary hospitals in Africa… are now competing for a major award: a $500,000 prize created specifically for them by a Jewish businessman-philanthropist and his wife, a rabbi. The L’Chaim Prize for Outstanding Christian Medical Missionary Service was founded last year by Mark and Erica Gerson. L’chaim is typically translated as “to life.” But it “really means ‘to lives’ — it’s plural,” argued Mr. Gerson. “There’s no such thing as a Jewish life lived alone.”” [NYTimes]

TALK OF THE TOWN: “Burglars use pol’s office to break into kosher deli” by Max Jaeger: “Burglars broke into the office of Brooklyn state Sen. Simcha Felder over the weekend — but that was just the appetizer, police said. The thief used Felder’s second-floor office and adjacent stairwell to gain access to the popular Mechy’s deli in the same building on the first floor, where they stole $5,000 but no food or merchandise. “They certainly weren’t desperate for pastrami,” Felder deadpanned about the 1412 Ave. J break-in in Midwood.” [NYPost]

“In Paris falafel war, it’s neighbor vs. neighbor in the city’s changing Jewish quarter” by Shashank Bengali: “They line up like pilgrims at a sacred site and cradle the famous offering in their hands, swaddled in paper and napkins that soon prove hopelessly insufficient. The crowd that jams Paris’ old Jewish quarter at midday is drawn by what some describe as one of the world’s best falafel sandwiches. Five shops selling falafel and shawarma sandwiches line the narrow, cobbled Rue des Rosiers. But unknown to most visitors, the neighbors have engaged in a quiet, bitter war for years.”

“When Mi-Va-Mi opened in 1999, L’As had already been in business for two decades, founded by Isaac Peretz, a Russian Jew from Tel Aviv, and his Tunisian-born wife, Daisy, whom he met in Israel. He followed her to the Marais, where she grew up. They opened a small grocery that sold falafel on the side, slowly adding tables and chairs before converting it to a full-time restaurant in 1997… Other falafel shops have sprung up too, but Peretz dismissed them as imitators. “They have just Xeroxed our business,” he said. “They haven’t invented anything.” While he is cordial with the others, Peretz can barely hide his contempt for Mi-Va-Mi, which was started by a Russian from the same section of Tel Aviv as his father.” [LATimes]

BIRTHDAYS: Ivanka ‘Yael’ Trump turns 36… Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes for his biographies of Robert Moses and Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert Caro turns 82… Law professor, formerly: president of the University of Minnesota (1997-2002), chancellor of the University of Texas System (2002-2008), president of the University of California (2008-2013), Mark Yudof turns 73… Actor, best known for his portrayal of “The Fonz” in the “Happy Days” sitcom, Henry Winkler turns 72… NBC’s anchor, reporter and commentator, married to former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan, Andrea Mitchellturns 71… Israeli, violinist, violist and conductor who appears in concerts around the world, Shlomo Mintz turns 60… Wireless communications pioneer with over 80 patents, he served as CEO of Qualcomm (2005-2014) and is now executive chairman, a co-owner of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, Paul E. Jacobs, Ph.D. turns 55… Partner in the DC office of Buckley Sandler, he served as the Attorney General of Maryland (2007-2015), Douglas F. “Doug” Gansler turns 55…

Former Chief of Staff to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, David Kroneturns 51… Political correspondent for The New York Times and a political analyst for CNN, Maggie Haberman turns 44… Partner in the LA office of Crowell & Moring, he is a former federal prosecutor in the Eastern District of Virginia and was most recently the chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security, Paul M. Rosen turns 39… AARP’s director of media relations as to Social Security and Medicare, Joshua Eric Rosenblum turns 39… National Journal and National Journal Hotline reporter covering political races in the US House of Representatives, Ally Mutnick turns 25… Consultant for grassroots and advocacy at DC-based Locust Street Group, Rebecca Schieber turns 25 (h/ts Playbook)… Founding Director at Tech Tribe and Director of Social Media for Chabad, Mordechai Lightstone

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