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Daily Kickoff: Fischer resigns from Fed | Bibi to skip public events with Jewish leaders during US visit? | Holocaust Museum’s controversial study

BREAKING: “Fed Vice Chairman Fischer Resigns” by Christopher Condon: “Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer has resigned effective on or around Oct. 13 after serving three years at the U.S. central bank. Fischer, 73, was appointed to the Fed by President Barack Obama in 2014 to a term as vice chair that would have expired in June 2018. He cited “personal reasons” in a Sept. 6 resignation letter to President Donald Trump, released Wednesday by the central bank.”

“Fischer is an elder statesman of American finance. He is a former vice chairman of Citigroup, the former first deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund, and the former chief economist of the World Bank. He also served as governor of the Bank of Israel from 2005 to 2013. For more than 20 years, he was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he influenced generations of economists, from former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi.” [Bloomberg]

KAFE KNESSET — Flight, not fight — by Tal Shalev and JPost’s Lahav Harkov: With the tense atmosphere between the non-Orthodox streams of Judaism and the current Israeli government, don’t expect PM Netanyahu to hold any big public events with the Jewish community on his stop in New York this month. It appears the Prime Minister decided he wanted to avoid the possibility of a confrontation over the Western Wall and conversion, and is only holding private meetings with Jewish community leaders. During prior visits, he has had large events with the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations and the Jewish Federation. Disagreements on religion and state are a likely reason. Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office told Kafe Knesset that the NYC itinerary has not been finalized yet. He will, however, hold large public events in Mexico City and Buenos Aires, the next stops on his trip. Read today’s entire Kafe Knesset here [JewishInsider]

“Trump to Meet Netanyahu and Abbas on Sidelines of UN to Advance Peace Talks” by Barak Ravid: “A senior White House official said that talks with Netanyahu and Abbas about Trump’s peace initiative will take place before the General Assembly and will continue afterwards… Senior Palestinian officials said Trump’s advisors told Abbas that the U.S. president wants to meet with him during the General Assembly, and this was one of the things that convinced Abbas to accede to the American request to give the White House a chance to try to make progress. Though Kushner and Greenblatt didn’t give Abbas a clear timetable for unveiling the peace initiative, they said it might happen before the end of the year, the officials added.” [Haaretz

DRIVING THE CONVO — U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley delivered a speech, followed by Q&A, yesterday at the American Enterprise Institute where she presented the case for the Trump administration’s possible withdrawal of the Iran nuclear deal. October 15 is the next deadline for the President Trump to decide whether to certify Iranian compliance with the agreement. “What we know is that they have hidden things in the past and they have lied about it until they’ve gotten caught. Yes, the IAEA is doing a great job looking at declared sites. There are hundreds of undeclared sites that have suspicious activity that they haven’t looked at,” Haley said. “So are we just going to go and protect this deal and ignore the fact that reality is they could very well be cheating?”

Haley insisted, “I am not saying this should go to Congress. I’m not saying we should get out of the deal. I’m not saying anything in terms of what should or shouldn’t happen. What I am saying is we owe it to ourselves to look at every aspect of this deal. But at the same time, Haley explained what path the administration is looking at should Trump decertify the deal. “Corker/Cardin is U.S. law, and what is says is the president is obligated to make a decision on whether this is still in the U.S. national interest… I get that Congress doesn’t want this. This is not an easy situation for anyone… But our lives are not about being easy, our lives are about being right.” [YouTube] Read a transcript of Haley’s remarks here [AEI

“Haley Compares Iran to North Korea in Criticizing Nuclear Accord” by Nick Wadhams and Kambiz Foroohar: “Missile technology cannot be separated from the pursuit of a nuclear weapon,” Haley said… “If we continue to not look at the Iranian activity, we will be dealing with the next North Korea.” [Bloomberg

HOW IT PLAYED — “Like with DACA, Trump may leave Iran nuclear deal’s fate to Congress” by Josh Rogin: “Haley’s remarks represent the highest-level acknowledgment that the Trump administration might choose to declare the deal broken, while leaving the sanctions issue and the future of the agreement for Congress to deal with… Congressional leaders have not revealed their thinking publicly. New sanctions would need 60 votes in the Senate, and key Democrats who opposed the nuclear deal, such as Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), have not said whether they would vote for action that could destroy the Iran accord… As with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, punting the Iran issue to Congress seems like a way for the Trump administration to have its cake and eat it too, by declaring Iran non-compliant but not taking responsibility if the deal subsequently falls apart.” [WashPostNYTimes

FDD’s Mark Dubowitz emails us… “It’s premature to predict what President Trump will do but Ambassador Haley did a very effective job of laying the groundwork if he decides to decline to certify on that basis that the Iran nuclear deal is not in the vital national security interest of the United States. She also provided cover for Republicans to not reinstate the statutory sanctions that could effectively end the deal so that the Trump administration can move forward with a strategy to fix the deal’s fatal flaws.”

Aaron David Miller tweets: “I was no fan of Iran deal; but rarely have I heard a talk about Iran accord more misleading than one Nikki Haley gave today. And that means (a ) she needs better briefers; (b) she believes what she said; (c) she, not the real Sec. of State, will be point on JCPOA.” [Twitter]

House Members were split in their reaction to Haley’s proposal.While Republicans welcomed the idea of reimposing nuclear sanctions on Iran, Democrats — including the House Minority Whip — urged a more cautious approach. [JewishInsider]

Tom Rice (R-SC): “I would look forward to any opportunity to re-examine that deal. Yes, absolutely. Iran has done a pretty good job of escalating tensions ever since we signed the deal.”

Steny Hoyer (D-MD): “We just passed non-nuclear sanctions. I think it will be a mistake if, in fact, the Iranians have continued to honor the agreement. My view is from everybody that I’ve talked to including the IAEA and the Israelis in fact on the nuclear deal — they are doing missiles — they are following the provisions of the agreement. So, from that standpoint, the administration would be making a mistake to decertify unless they have evidence that the agreement was not being honored.”

Ted Yoho (R-FL): “Because I don’t think they should have been taken off in the first place. I thought it was a very bad deal… The Obama administration said we got a pause in their nuclear weapons. Look at what they are doing.”

Stephen Lynch (D-MA): “The last time the Trump administration came to us they said that Iran is fully in compliance [was] about a month ago. Has something happened between now and last month? [Haley’s statement is] Inconsistent with the earlier report.”

“Where’s Rex? U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley steps in as America’s de facto diplomat-in-chief” by Robbie Gramer and Dan De Luce: “Tillerson’s public reticence is also rekindling the simmering rumors of a “Rexit,” according to several current and former State Department officials. One U.S. government official told Foreign Policy that talk is circulating of Haley stepping in to replace Tillerson. “There are very strong rumors — started last week — that he is out and she will take over,” the official said.” [FP

“Saudi says Iranian talk of rapprochement is laughable” by Alistair Smout: “Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in London that Iran would have to change its policies for any rapprochement… “At this time, we do not see… that they’re serious about wanting to be a good neighbor,” al-Jubeir said.” [Reuters]

“Qatar Reaches Out to Jewish Community” by Kevin McCauley: “Qatar has hired Stonington Strategies to a $50K a month contract to strengthen its relationship with the US and build bridges to the Jewish community. Nick Muzin, a doctor, lawyer and Republican strategist who is active in Jewish affairs, heads Stonington. “Engagement with Qatar can only be in the best interests of the United States and the Jewish community, as we cannot allow Qatar to be ostracized by its neighbors and pushed into Iran’s sphere of influence,” said Muzin.” [OdwyerPR]

Netanyahu says relations with Arab world are best ever: “Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Foreign Ministry personnel Wednesday ahead of the Jewish new year, saying the extent of relations has yet to fully be made public. He said their scope was greater than “any other period in Israeli history.””[AP

ON THE HILL — Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) blasts Palestinian Authority for arresting activist  Issa Amro — by Aaron Magid: As one of the more outspoken Congressmen regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI) spearheaded a June letter advocating on behalf of Palestinian activist Issa Amro who was charged by the Israeli military for obstructing soldiers. However, with the Palestinian Authority arresting Amro on Monday due to a Facebook post critiquing their crackdown on free speech, Congressman Pocan directed his ire towards the Palestinian Authority instead.

“The Palestinian Authority’s unjust detention of Mr. Amro for exercising his right to free speech is wrong and I urge the Palestinian Authority to immediately release him,” Pocan told Jewish Insider. “The P.A. is moving in an unfortunate direction, as demonstrated by this incident, by engaging in an anti-democratic campaign against free speech.” Pocan’s criticism of the P.A. is significant given his recent activism on behalf of the Palestinian cause.

In a statement to Jewish Insider, Edgar Vasquez, a State Department spokesman, responded to the P.A.’s arrest of Amro: “We have seen the reports. We believe it is important that governments protect the freedoms of expression, and create an atmosphere where all voices can be heard,” Vasquez said. [JewishInsider]

DRIVING THE DAY: “How Menendez trial could affect the Senate” by Jonathan Tamari: “The corruption trial of New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, a Democrat, opens Wednesday in Newark. It will end in a high-stakes political scramble regardless of the courtroom outcome… Menendez could face a new challenge once the trial serves up daily headlines. Two Democratic insiders said party leaders might feel pressure to turn on the senator if they start facing awkward questions in the middle of their own fall campaigns… Even if Menendez is found not guilty, he might still enter 2018 damaged by trial revelations tailor-made for attack ads. Would that give Republicans a shot in a deep blue state? Or embolden an ambitious Democrat to challenge him?” [TheInquirer]

“Menendez corruption trial: What you need to know” by John Bresnahan: “There was another version of this defense argument that suggested Obama administration officials wanted to retaliate against Menendez because he opposed them on Cuba and the Iran nuclear deal. Republican donors, as well as supporters of Israel, were sympathetic to this argument, and Menendez raised millions of dollars for his legal defense fund.” [Politico]

“Senate resolution to force Trump’s hand on condemning Charlottesville hate groups” by Seung Min Kim: “Virginia Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, both Democrats, along with Republican Sens. Cory Gardner of Colorado and Johnny Isakson of Georgia, plan to formally roll out a Senate resolution later Wednesday that forcefully condemns the violence in Charlottesville while “rejecting white nationalists, white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other hate groups.” … Backers of the Charlottesville resolution have strategically chosen to introduce their measure as a joint resolution, which means it will be sent to Trump to sign into law… Gardner, who also serves as chairman of the National Senatorial Campaign Committee, is a notable GOP sponsor.” [PoliticoTheHill]

COMING SOON: Ex-Trump aide Gorka to headline Israeli counterterror confab: “Alongside ex-French prime minister Manuel Valls, [Sebastian] Gorka will headline the first day of the annual conference hosted by the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at IDC in Herzliya.” [ToI] • An unannounced U.S. administration official is also expected to address a special 9-11 memorial ceremony at the conclusion of the conference’s first day[ICT

BUZZ ON BALFOUR: “Arnon Milchan becomes suspect in PM bribery probe” by Eli Senyor: “Israeli billionaire Arnon Milchan was questioned under caution in London this week on suspicion of giving bribes to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu… According to investigators involved, Milchan’s testimony, which was provided during a three-hour grilling, strengthened the case for indicting Netanyahu.” [YnetHaaretz

“With no elections but PM ‘out of order,’ Lapid stumps for Anglo support” by Marissa Newman: “In a Tel Aviv cafe on Sunday afternoon, Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid insisted on speaking strictly in English, in anticipation of his Jerusalem town hall event Wednesday evening targeting English-speaking immigrants. Dressed in a black t-shirt, a jacket casually slung over his chair and exuding the swagger of a former TV journalist, his voice, at times, took on a nearly Schwarzeneggerian lilt. “I’m always in full-fledged campaigning mode,” the prime ministerial hopeful conceded with a laugh. “This is what we do.” …  Lapid also charged that the prime minister’s hundreds of phone calls with the Israel Hayom editor Amos Regev and owner Sheldon Adelson was “questionable”… “I said ‘whoa.’ That’s a huge number,” Lapid said of his initial reaction to the revelations. “Two years out of that, I was his minister of finance, and he didn’t talk to me that much.”” [ToI

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Flush With Cash, Private Equity Rainmakers Set Out on Their Own [Bloomberg] • Kasowitz Partner Pair, Aaron Marks and Joshua Greenblatt, Heads to Kirkland & Ellis [AmericanLawyer] • Satmar-owned N.Y. Real Estate Company, Noble Assets, Sells Bonds in Israel [Haaretz• Sheldon Adelson and His Newspaper to Be Honored by Tel Aviv’s Stock Exchange, Despite Lack of Local Ties [Haaretz] • What Happened To Better Place’s Electric Dreams? [JPost] • Banks will sell interest in Mayacamas Vineyards to Schottenstein family [NapaValleyRegister]

“Steve Cohen’s Comeback Begins” by Simone Foxman and Katherine Burton: “The billionaire’s returns are just beginning to rebound after 18 months of barely making money at his family office, Point72 Asset Management. He’s now up about 5 percent year to date… ShoreBridge, started by longtime SAC marketer Doug Blagdon, is telling investors that Cohen may raise from $2 billion to $10 billion — “if” he decides to launch the fund… And, the billionaire won’t take meetings to discuss his plans until after Jan. 1, one of the people said.” [Bloomberg]

“Aby Rosen pays $135M for former Jehovah’s Witnesses hotel: Kushner Companies exited the deal for 90 Sands prior to closing” by Rich Blockmann: “Aby Rosen’s RFR Realty paid $135 million to buy the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ former residential hotel at 90 Sands Street, property records filed Tuesday show. Kushner Companies exited the 90 Sands deal as it reportedly tries to build up cash reserves while it deals with its troubled 666 Fifth Avenue office tower. A spokesperson for the company said it made a “strategic decision” to focus on other properties in Dumbo such as 85 Jay Street and 30 Columbia Heights… In the meantime, the owners made plans to convert 90 Sands into a 600-room hotel with Ian Schrager. But when it came time to close on 90 Sands, RFR sealed the deal by itself.” [RealDeal]

MEDIA WATCH: “Bianna Golodryga Joins CBS And CNN In An Unusual Deal” by Yashar Ali: “In a first-of-its-kind arrangement, Golodryga, who previously served as a business anchor for Yahoo News and the anchor of ABC’s weekend edition of “Good Morning America,” will be working for CBS News and CNN simultaneously… What makes Golodryga’s deal unusual is that she could work for both networks each day, contributing reports to CBS shows and serving as an on-air contributor on CNN shows like “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” … In an exclusive interview with HuffPost, Golodryga considered her personal arc from rejection to acceptance of her Russian heritage: starting out as a child embarrassed about where she came from, then deciding to major in Russian studies in college, and now teaching Russian to her two children with former Obama and Clinton administration official Peter Orszag.” [HuffPost

TALK OF THE TOWN: “Congregants in synagogue struggle say decision ignored law” by Michelle Smith: “Lawyers for the congregation at Touro Synagogue asked the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston for a rehearing, saying the decision ignored Rhode Island law and made several constitutional errors… A three-judge panel last month found that Manhattan’s Congregation Shearith Israel, the nation’s oldest Jewish congregation, owns Touro Synagogue and a set of Colonial-era bells valued at $7.4 million… The Newport congregation argued Tuesday that the appeals panel ruling conflicts with past court decisions that govern church property disputes.” [AP]

TOP TALKER: “Holocaust Museum Pulls Study Absolving Obama Administration For Inaction In Face of Syrian Genocide” by Armin Rosen: “According to a publicity email sent by the Museum, the study was set to be launched at an event at the US Institute for Peace in Washington, D.C., on September 11 and was overseen by a former US intelligence and national security official under Obama, Cameron Hudson, now director of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide. The paper argued that “a variety of factors, which were more or less fixed, made it very difficult from the beginning for the US government to take effective action to prevent atrocities in Syria, even compared with other challenging policy contexts.” … “The first thing I have to say is: Shame on the Holocaust Museum,” said Leon Wieseltier, the literary critic and fellow at the Brookings Institution, who slammed the Museum for “releasing an allegedly scientific study that justifies bystanderism.”” [TabletMag]

–Flashback: Weiseltier called President Obama’s action on the Syrian civil war “shameful passivity” and “despicable policy.” Adding, “No analogy with what was done to the Jews in the middle of the 20th century is ever perfect, but their predicament on moral grounds, it seems to me to justify assistance, rescue, protection and certain kinds of intervention.” [JewishInsider]

“Secret Hitler, a Game That Simulates Fascism’s Rise, Becomes a Hit” by Jonah Engel Bromwich: “Secret Hitler’s creators are aware that some consumers will not find any humor in the game’s title, either because Nazis are not a laughing matter or because of fears about the growing visibility of white supremacists and other extremists since the election of President Trump. The gamemakers have not been shy about linking the game to the president. At the website, they advise those who “don’t think there’s anything funny or cool about fascism” to address complaints to the White House. They have also sent copies of the game to senators and released a Trump administration expansion pack, with cards for some members of the administration. It was quickly outpaced by news events, given that there are cards for Stephen K. Bannon and Sean Spicer, who left the White House over the summer.” [NYTimes]

BREITBART HEADLINE: “Jewish Groups Provide Thousands of Kosher Meals to Harvey Victims” [Breitbart]

TRANSITION: Iranian-born Sharon Nazarian was hired to serve as the ADL’s new Senior Vice President of International Affairs. In this role, Nazarian will head ADL’s work fighting anti-Semitism at its Los Angeles office and will also oversee ADL’s Israel office.

Jeffrey Tuchman, ground-breaking documentarian, dies at 62: “It was [political consultant Mandy] Grunwald who suggested that Tuchman work with Linda Bloodworth-Thomason on the film that would introduce Bill Clinton as the Democratic Party nominee at the Democratic Convention in 1992. That film, “The Man from Hope,” was widely credited with launching Clinton and establishing the narrative and themes that would transport him to the White House. In 1994, Tuchman wrote and directed “White House,” a film portrait of the Clinton presidency as seen through the eyes of White House photographer Bob McNeely… He worked on such memorable ads as “Invisible People” for Hillary Clinton’s Senatorial Campaign.” [JewishJournal]

SPORTS BLINK — Bob Kraft talks about his recent summer trip to Israel — by Sam Farmer: “My late, darling wife, Myra, always used to tell me that until I start building football in Israel, I would not win anything with Patriots,” he said. “That happened in late 1999, and we won our first Super Bowl in 2001. Now we have five championships, and I can’t ignore the connection between our continuing to support development in Israel and our great accomplishments.” [LATimes]

DESSERT: Tel Aviv chef to bring modern Israeli cooking to Butcher & Bee” by Hanna Raskin: “[Yair] Yosefi has not yet hammered out his a la carte or tasting menus but is thinking about oysters, tartare and chickpeas. “We want people to discover a bit of modern Israeli cuisine with lots of ingredients from the South,” he says… Butcher & Bee is hosting Yosefi from 5 p.m.-10 p.m.Sept. 21 and 22. The first night coincides with the second night of Rosh Hashanah, but Shemtov reiterates “this will not be a traditional holiday dinner.”” [PostAndCourier

BIRTHDAYS: Member of the US House of Representatives since 1983 (D-MI-9), Congressman Sander Levin turns 86… Short Hills, New Jersey resident who is the co-founder and CEO of Murray Hill Properties, a NYC-based real estate development and property management firm, Norman Sturner turns 77… Beverly Hills-based public relations consultant, Mara Kochba turns 75… Retired director of the Robotics Laboratory at the Technion, Jacob Rubinovitz turns 70… Democratic member of the New York State Assembly from a district within Brooklyn since 1981, she chairs the Assembly’s Judiciary Committee, Helene Weinstein turns 65… Oncologist and bioethicist, the older brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Hollywood talent agent Ari Emanuel, he is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Ezekiel Jonathan “Zeke” Emanuel turns 60… Co-founder in 2008 of Kol HaNeshamah: The Center for Jewish Life and Enrichment, co-author of a new siddur and visiting lecturer at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, Dr. Adena Karen Berkowitz turns 58… New Jersey Governor since January 2010, Chris Christie turns 55…

Native of NYC’s Lower East Side and Brooklyn, Treasurer of Southfield, Michigan, Irv “Moishe” Lowenberg turns 49… Director in the NYC office of AIPAC, he is a co-founder and chairman emeritus of Fuel For Truth, an Israel advocacy organization, Joe Richards turns 45… Chief Communications Officer at Bloomberg LP since 2012, formerly assistant press secretary in the White House (1997-2001), Jason Schechter turns 43… Rabbi at Beth El Synagogue in Minneapolis, Avi S. Olitzky turns 36… Research analyst in the White House since February 2017, raised in Teaneck, graduate of Johns Hopkins, Ari Schaffer turns 26… Australian born entrepreneur, now living in NYC, he is the co-founder and CEO of the American technology and social media company Monkey Inc., Ben Pasternak turns 18… Senior analyst at Avascent, veteran of the Israel Defense Forces and an AIPAC alum, Daniel Flesch… Toronto-based publisher and philanthropist, Elisa Morton Palter… Madi Portugal

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Daily Kickoff: Trump admin taking “multi-years” approach to peace process | Zuckerman selling Daily News | Bibi Chief of Staff curse | Amar’e retires

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JI EXCLUSIVE — Trump administration official on peace process: “These efforts take multi-years” – by Aaron Magid: Last week, a senior Trump administration official suggested that the U.S.-led process is unlikely to achieve immediate results. “This is a very challenging set of circumstances. There is a reason these efforts take multi-years,” the official told Jewish Insider. The official also dismissed Palestinian accusations of bias. “You saw that by the positive statements that were put out which is unusual. It’s been many years since actually both the Israelis and the Palestinians have put out positive statements about the meetings,” the official emphasized.

Shibley Telhami, a professor at University of Maryland and non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute, expressed concern for a dragged out U.S.-led peace process. “The Palestinians are always worried that the peace process is an end to itself that is intended to divert attention from the fact that they are still under occupation. That it is intentionally intended to legitimize the status quo, disarm the political arguments and pacify them,” he said.

Dore Gold, former Director-General of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, cautioned that the peace process shouldn’t be rushed. “Diplomacy isn’t instant coffee,” Gold explained. “You have Abu Mazen (Abbas) in the later years of his life with questions about succession. The whole break between Hamas ruling Gaza and Fatah-dominated forces in the West Bank. Perhaps the conditions aren’t right for nine months. There are significant diplomatic changes going on, the strategic convergence of Israel and the Arab states that might allow for new opportunities in the future.”

Dan Arbell, former Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy: “A prolonged process is definitely something Netanyahu will feel more comfortable with rather than a compressed with benchmarks and timetables and very tough framework… The fact that both sides are publicly supporting a process is pretty obvious is that nobody wants to be on the Trump administration’s bad side; nobody wants to be considered a spoiler. I don’t give it a lot of weight. It’s niceties. Clearly, [Abbas] is not happy with what’s going on and he’s not pleased with how the administration is handling it at this point. It seems to me that the Palestinians are running out of patience. The speed of things suits the Israelis side.” [JewishInsider

MEDIA WATCH: “The New York Daily News Is Said to Be Nearing Sale” by Sydney Ember and Andrew Ross Sorkin: “The Daily News, the nearly 100-year-old tabloid owned by the real estate magnate Mortimer B. Zuckerman, is close to announcing an agreement for its sale to Tronc, the publisher of The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune… The sale of The News may also mark the end of the political influence of Mr. Zuckerman, who often used the paper’s bold, front-page headline — known as “the wood” — for commentary about candidates and politicians, locally and nationally… Under the terms of the deal, Tronc would assume control of The News’s operations, its printing plant in Jersey City and its pension liability… No cash would change hands.” [NYTimes]

— An internal memo on Monday night from Zuckerman’s co-publisher Eric J. Gertler celebrated the Daily News as an iconic New York City institution. “For the newspaper that once emblazoned the immortal words ‘Ford to City: Drop Dead’ across its front page, I can only imagine today’s cover reading ‘Mort to News: Carry On’!” Gertler wrote. “ [CNNMoney

DRIVING THE CONVO: “On DACA, President Trump Has No Easy Path” by Glenn Thrush, Maggie Haberman and Julie Hirschfeld Davis: “Moderates, including Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and the National Economic Council chairman, Gary D. Cohn, had urged the president to reach beyond his hard-right populist base to embrace a program that enjoys significant public support, even among Republicans. Business leaders, among them political allies like the media mogul Rupert Murdoch and Stephen A. Schwarzman… believe any move to limit legal immigration limits the work force and hurts the country’s international reputation. But the moderates in Mr. Trump’s midst, Mr. Cohn in particular, are somewhat less influential these days, after several expressed their disgust at the president’s response to the racial riots in Charlottesville, Va., last month.” [NYTimes

“Dreamers Hold Vigil Outside Jared Kushner And Ivanka Trump’s Home To Save DACA” by Doha Madani: “A group of protesters held a candlelight vigil outside the Washington D.C. home of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump on Monday night to ask for the couple’s help in saving an Obama-era program.” [HuffPost]

“Trump’s Visa Crackdown Could Have ‘Drastic Impact’ on Jewish Summer Camps” by Judy Maltz: “Participation of Jewish counselors and staff from Israel and other countries in the J-1 Camp Counselor and Summer Work Travel programs is critical to the mission of the Jewish camp field – and the American camp experiences as a whole,” Jeremy Fingerman, CEO of the Foundation for Jewish Camp told Haaretz. “Elimination of these cultural exchange programs would have a drastic impact – both educationally and operationally – on the many programs we support.” [Haaretz

INSIDE THE ADMIN: “Steve Bannon’s right-hand woman remains in the White House” by Hunter Walker: “Julia Hahn is a 26-year-old former writer from Bannon’s site, Breitbart News. Earlier this week, a source familiar with the situation told Yahoo News that Hahn was staying on in her position as a special assistant to the president and deputy strategist in the wake of Bannon’s departure last month… In addition to the secrecy surrounding Hahn and her duties, her rather unconventional background contributed to the interest in her work. Hahn hails from Beverly Hills, where her grandfather built a bottling company fortune, her father has produced movies, and she attended one of the Los Angeles area’s top private schools before going on to University of Chicago. Her grandmother is a well-known philanthropist and staunch advocate for gun control…” [YahooNews]

DRIVING THE WEEK: “Global crisis over North Korea” by Mike Allen: “CFR President Richard Haass… said Mattis’ language (“threat” rather than “capability”) suggests the U.S. is focused on a preemptive response (against a threat deemed to be imminent), rather than a preventive attack, “something that would be unacceptable to many Americans and to South Korea… Preemption… would place the onus on NK not to do something that would trigger a preemptive strike [put missiles on alert, or launch them] rather than on us to undertake a preventive, bolt out of the blue attack.”” [Axios

VIEW FROM JERUSALEM: “Israel condemns North Korea nuclear test” by Moran Azulay: “North Korea must comply with all Security Council resolutions on this issue and refrain from testing and developing weapons of mass destruction and its means of delivery,” a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. “A resolute international response will prevent other countries from behaving similarly.” [YnetHaaretz• Ex-Israeli intelligence chief: Trump should attack North Korea if he can [ToI

Former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon tweets: “The international response led by the US to the North Korean regime’s provocations, sheds light on how it will behave toward the Iranian regime on their nuclear efforts in the near future.” [Twitter]

HAPPENING TODAY — U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley will discuss U.S. policy toward Iran and the threat of Hezbollah at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) at 11 am. The speech — followed by a Q&A moderated by Danielle Pletka — is titled “Beyond the echo chamber: Considerations on U.S. policy toward Iran.” [Livestream]

Haley writes in The Jerusalem Post… “For the United States, this is a time for strength, resolve and accountability at the United Nations… Just as Hezbollah is stepping up its efforts, the United States, and now the United Nations, are stepping up our efforts against them.” [JPost]

“How Iraq War Hawks Can Help Stop Trump from Going to War with Iran” by Jon Finer, Rob Malley, and Jeff Prescott: “[David] Frum said that he preferred to convey his views on Trump unravelling the deal in The Atlantic, but rejected a comparison to 2002, arguing it would be hard to imagine “Trump striking out in October, 2017—with no preliminary work to build support, zero Democratic buy-in, unsure even of his own party.” … Bret Stephens… said that he “wrestles with the dilemma” of a policy he may support but a President he’s not sure he trusts to implement it. “Even the best advice, if put through a flawed vessel, is going to come out wrong on the other side,” he said… “Among the many reasons the Trump Presidency depresses me is that I can’t trust him to carry out those few points of his agenda on which I actually happen to agree.”” [NewYorker

“Iran, Turkey, and Russia Aren’t Natural Friends. It’s Up to the U.S. to Keep It That Way” by Dov Zakheim: “The national interests of the three are not congruent. Much will depend on the United States, however. Should Washington remain active in Syria, or increase its efforts there, Turkey will be far less likely to abandon the West for other partners. If, however, the United States washes its hands of Syria, the Turkish-Russian-Iranian connection may be the start of a beautiful friendship.” [FP

SCENE THE OTHER DAY: Kansas Governor Samuel Brownback, Trump’s pick for Ambassador of Religious Freedom, visited the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday[Pic]  

LATER THIS WEEK: “Mayor Emanuel to go to Israel to dive into water talks” by Michael Sneed: “Watch for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to head to Israel [on] Saturday (Sept. 9)… “A key focus of the trip will be highlighting Chicago’s leading role in advancing water technology innovation and conservation while leveraging Israeli water expertise,” said a mayoral source. Traveling with a delegation of academic and business leaders from the Chicago area, the mayor will keynote the WATEC conference, which brings together thousands of water technology businesses from around the world… Emanuel will take part in the signing of a first-of-its-kind agreement with Technion — the Israel Institute of Technology — and Current, the non-profit organization that is propelling Chicago’s water economy.” [CHSunTimes

2018 WATCH: “Rep. Schneider Withdraws Endorsement of Daniel Biss” by James Neveau: “In a Facebook post Sunday night, [Rep. Brad] Schneider said that he was “surprised” to learn that [David] Biss’ running mate Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, a Chicago alderman, was a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement… Republican Congressional candidate Jeremy Wynes, who is running for the 10th District seat in Congress, accused Schneider… of showing an “inclination to shut off funding to America’s allies in Israel” after the Congressman endorsed Biss’ candidacy for governor.” [NBC5

2020 WATCH: “Long List of Top Democrats Have 2020, and Money, on Their Minds” by Ken Vogel and Rachel Shorey: “They used to start coming to talk to you two years before the election. Now, it’s six months after the last presidential election,” said the Wall Street billionaire Marc Lasry, a major political donor who has met recently with several Democrats mentioned as prospective presidential candidates. “It’s gotten ridiculous,” Mr. Lasry said. “Everybody believes they can be the person who will stack up great against Trump. I tell them all that it’s way too early, and that they need a clearer message about what they want to do, not just about opposing Trump.”” [NYTimes

“Bernie Sanders Is Staging a Comeback but Is Still Awkward About Being Jewish” by Allison Kaplan Sommer: “I was very, very surprised,” said Risa Starr, a marketing professional who was also in the Riverside Church audience for Sanders’ speech. “There is an uptick on swastikas and other graffiti being painted on synagogues; there are Jewish cemeteries being defaced. And here is a political figure who is Jewish and even refuses to mention that there is anti-Semitism in America. He just ignores it.” … Just a few days after the Manhattan speech, during an appearance in Iowa, Sanders… noted that “the African-American community and Jewish community were outraged” when the president said “there are nice people on both sides.” [Haaretz]

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Israel set for $28 billion infrastructure spending boost [Reuters] • Trian’s Nelson Peltz Latest Tactic: Playing Nice [Bloomberg] • P&G Proxy Fight Pits Former Finance Chief Against Longtime Protégé [WSJ• Inside the tech mogul Reid Hoffman’s 2017 political playbook for funding candidates, causes and companies [Recode]

STARTUP NATION: “Israel-based Via gets investment from Daimler for European expansion” by Zac Estrada: “Via announced Monday a $50 million investment and joint-venture agreement with Daimler to launch on-demand shuttle services across Europe… “We are delighted to have the Daimler Group on board as an investor and strategic partner,” said Daniel Ramot, co-founder and CEO of Via. “Combining Via’s technology with the exceptional design and engineering of Mercedes-Benz Vans is ideal for our vision of offering efficient, affordable, sustainable, and convenient shared rides everywhere.””[TheVergeTechCrunch

“Israel pledges $1M in aid for Houston Jewish community after Harvey” by Rebecca Savransky: “The money pledged by Israel will go toward restoring places such as synagogues, schools and Jewish community centers damaged by the storm. “The Jewish State is measured by its response when our brothers around the world are in crisis,” Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement released Monday… “For years the Jewish communities stood by Israel when it needed their help; now it is our turn to stand by Houston’s Jewish community,” Bennett added.” [TheHillJPost

“Top US Jewish leader Malcolm Hoenlein urges PM: Rethink Western Wall prayer, or risk wider chasm” by David Horovitz: “For American Jews to stand with Israel, and to feel that they are wanted, and that their concerns are taken into account, will require somewhat of a different approach. And I do think that the prime minister has to look for a resolution [to the Western Wall prayer issue] that restores the confidence, that ends the controversy… I hope in the New Year, with Rosh Hashanah coming, that everybody does the introspection that they’re supposed to do, on all sides, and that we, instead of broadening the divide, can find the way to bridge it.” [ToI]

BUZZ ON BALFOUR: “New Arrests in Israel’s Submarine Scandal, and New Questions on Netanyahu” by Isabel Kershner: “Public interest in the case has been intense. Apart from concern that corruption has taken root on the watch of an entrenched political leadership, many worry about its bearing on national security and the integrity of the military… A senior Israeli official… said that trying to blame the prime minister for not knowing about something he was not involved in was unfair. The official urged patience, saying that nobody yet knows what actually transpired.” [NYTimes

Israeli PM sheds statesmanlike persona as scandals mount” by Aron Heller: “Yoaz Hendel, a former spokesman for Netanyahu, said the prime minister is feeling the pressure and is now turning to his base. “Netanyahu was always above the fray and maintained a statesmanlike appearance,” said Hendel. “This is the fight of his life and that can rattle anyone, especially someone like him with a historical perception of himself.””[AP

KAFE KNESSET — The Chief of Staff Curse — by Tal Shalev and JPost’s Lahav Harkov: David Sharan, who served in the Prime Minister’s Office between 2014-2016, is Netanyahu’s third chief of staff who has gotten into trouble in recent years. Early Sunday morning, Sharan was arrested and charged with accepting bribes, fraud and breach of trust in the File 3000 case, a/k/a “the Submarine affair.” In fact, only the serving chief of staff, Yoav Horovitz, is clean and innocent of every misdoing. A source close to Netanyahu told Kafe Knesset with humor that Horovitz “probably should be changing the Mezuza on his office door because it appears there might be some kind of curse on the office itself.”

Sharan’s arrest, however, is considered much more troublesome for a different former boss, more so than than for Bibi. Before joining the Prime Minister’s Office, Sharan was one of Energy Minister Yuval Stenitz’s most loyal advisors. Sharan accompanied Steinitz for 14 years of his political career… Steinitz himself has not yet been summoned for testimony or investigation. Senior sources in the political system told Kafe Knesset they find it “hard to believe that Steinitz knew anything about what was going on.” Sources close to Steinitz said  that he was “shocked by the reports, which he had only heard for the first time from the media,” adding that Steinitz’s integrity was well known and had never been put to the test. If Steinitz is called to testify, they added, he would do so as required. Read today’s entire Kafe Knesset here [JewishInsider]

“Argentinean Jewry to partly pay for Netanyahu visit” by Tal Schneider and Noga Tarnopolsky: “Sources inform “Globes” that according to internal discussions between the Jewish community leaders, the Jewish community leaders have undertaken to pay $100,000 to defray the large cost of the visit… The Jewish community leaders asked the owner of the Alvear Hotel, Jewish real estate tycoon and businessman David Sutton, for a discount on Netanyahu’s stay in the hotel.” [Globes

TALK OF THE TOWN: “Friends Recall Selflessness That Embodied Queens Assemblyman” by Kate Taylor: “An Orthodox Jew, [Michael] Simanowitz attended Yeshiva Tiferes Moshe in Kew Gardens as a child, according to Chaskel Bennett, a classmate and a board member of Agudath Israel of America… Mr. Bennett, who lost touch with Mr. Simanowitz for a number of years before reconnecting with him in Albany, said that the assemblyman was a strong supporter of measures to help religious and other private schools, including a proposed tax credit meant to expand access to them… “He was a proud Jew, proud of who he was, proud of his heritage,” Mr. Bennett said.” [NYTimes

PODCAST PLAYBACK — Legendary Chicago political consultant Don Rose talks to David Axelrod about his upbringing on the Axe Files:“My grandfather had a strange history. He and his brother built the first synagogue in El Paso, Texas, and then many years later – I have no idea how they migrated down there well after I was 7-8 [years old] – moved to Vincennes, Indiana to start a dry goods business and they built the first synagogue in Vincennes, Indiana.” [CNNPodcast]

SPOTTED — at the annual Labor Day bash hosted by Discovery Communications chief David Zaslav and wife Pam at their East Hampton home on Saturday: Jeff Zucker, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Iris Weinshall, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sandra Lee, Andy Lack, Steve Clemons,  Bob Kraft, Harvey Weinstein, Lloyd Blankfein, Dan Loeb, Leslie Moonves, Katie Couric and John Molner, Aryeh Bourkoff, Rita Braver, Mark Hoffman, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Joe Kernan, Lorne Michaels, Jonathan Wald, Mark and Sally Ein, Ken Auletta, Baruch Shemtov, Robert Zimmerman, Ken Lehrer, Carl Bernstein, Scarlett Johansson, and Harry Connick Jr. [NYPostPlaybook

SPOTTED YESTERDAY IN JERUSALEM: NBA’s Atlanta Hawks Coach Mike Budenholzer and Assistant Coach Ben Sullivan visited the Dan Family Aish HaTorah World Center [Facebook

SPORTS BLINK: “Schwartzman powers into US Open quarters” by Howard Blas: “[Diego] Schwartzman – the 25-year-old Jewish Argentine – defeated No. 5 seed Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 on Friday and returned to the same court on Sunday to knock out No. 16 Lucas Pouille of France… in his first career Grand Slam fourth round match. Schwartzman advances to the quarterfinals and faces Pablo Carrreno Busta of Spain, who defeated Israeli-born Canadian Denis Shapovalov in straight sets earlier in the day on Sunday… Schwartzman is loving the New York crowd, which has cheered for him throughout his matches so far. “They are helping a lot in the matches… I am really happy for that and thank everyone for doing that.”” [JPost

Amar’e Stoudemire retires after season in Israel” by Kevin Zimmerman: “Stoudemire announced with an Instagram post that he was retiring after he spent the 2016-17 season with Hapoel Jerusalem in Israel and led the team to a Israeli Premier League title. “I would like to thank Hapoel Jerusalem president, Ori Allon, and the entire Hapoel Jerusalem organization for giving me the opportunity to retire as a champion and doing it in the holiest of cities made even more special,” Stoudemire wrote.” [AZSportsNBCSports

DESSERT: “Coming Soon: Rosenberg’s Kosher” by Daliah Singer: “Just in time for Rosh Hashanah… two of the (Denver) city’s most beloved Jewish bakeries are joining forces: On September 15, Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen will merge with the longstanding the Bagel Store to form Rosenberg’s Kosher, the state’s largest purveyor of Kosher food. In Yiddish, one might refer to the union as “beshert,” or meant to be. “It’s an honor to be able to serve the Jewish community in its entirety,” says Rosenberg’s owner Joshua Pollack of opening a kosher location of his überpopular bagel shop. “Bagels are for everybody.” [5280303Mag]

BIRTHDAYS: Long-time member of Knesset (1977-2002), he served in multiple ministerial positions under PMs Rabin and Peres, he is a dean at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Amnon Rubinstein turns 86… Author, educator, and activist, best known for his books promoting public education, Jonathan Kozol turns 81… New York-based real estate developer, Jacob Frydman turns 60… Russian investigative journalist and editor in chief of the Moscow-based independent political weekly the New Times, she is active in the Russian Jewish Congress, Yevgenia Albats turns 59… Retired Major General in the IDF and the former head of its Manpower Directorate, she was the first woman to be made Major General (the IDF’s second highest rank), Orna Barbivai turns 55… CEO of Caesars Acquisition Company, Caesars Interactive Entertainment (which sold to an Israeli startup for $4.4 billion), the World Series of Poker and Chairman of Cirque du Soleil, Mitch Garber turns 53… Nationally syndicated newspaper columnist and a senior editor at Reason magazine, Jacob Z. Sullum turns 52… Entrepreneur and investor, chairman of Mentored, an education technology platform, Eric Aroesty turns 47… Born in the Soviet Union, made aliyah in 1998, she is a member of the Knesset since 2016 for the Yisrael Beiteinu party, Yulia Malinovsky turns 42… Director in the DC office of Baron Public Affairs LLC, Jeremy Furchtgott turns 26… Anthony Klor turns 24… Shoshanna Liebman… Catherine Nelson… Stu Shloss

YESTERDAY: Born in Tel Aviv, award winning computer scientist and philosopher who is a pioneer in artificial intelligence, he is the father of slain WSJ journalist Daniel Pearl, Judea Pearl turns 81… Louisville, Kentucky resident and principal of Bluegrass Progressive Strategists, Mark Ament turns 66… Celebrity doctor who is a board-certified internist, addiction medicine specialist and media personality, best known as “Dr. Drew,” Drew Pinsky, M.D. turns 59… Former member of the US House of Representatives from New York’s 9th district (1999-2011), Anthony Weiner turns 53… Member of Knesset for the Labor / Zionist Union party and the Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, he was the Secretary General of the Labor party until early 2017, Yehiel Bar turns 42… Special assistant and personal aide to President George W. Bush (2006-2009), Partner of Thrive Capital, Jared Weinstein turns 38… Actor Max Greenfield turns 37… Real estate strategic advisor, political strategist and commentator, E. O’Brien (“Obi”) Murray… Professor in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, Edmundo N. Kraiselburd, Ph.D…. Melissa Kaplan

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Daily Kickoff: Netanyahu told Dems last month he supports two states | Profile: Ben Brafman, last of the big-time defense attorneys | Dershowitz BDay

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PROFILE: “Ben Brafman, the Last of the Big-Time Defense Attorneys” by Jeffrey Toobin: “Like the best trial lawyers, Brafman is a storyteller, who tries to turn his cases into narratives that jurors will read his way… “The narrative has to fit, has to be consistent with the truth, so that the jury knows you’re not making up stuff,” Brafman said… Traditionally, trial lawyering has been a game for young men… Brafman isn’t sure how long he wants to keep doing it. So he’s decided to make a seasonal concession to the passing years. “All my contemporaries, if they are working at all, are taking August off,” he said. “My wife said to me, ‘How many summers do you think you have left, Brafman?’ So I sort of promised myself I will never try this kind of case in the summer again. But I’ve got no problem for the rest of the year. What else am I going to do?”” [NewYorker]

SPOTTED at Camden Yards last night: LionTree CEO Aryeh Bourkoff sitting behind home plate with Hall of Fame shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. and Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank during the Orioles Blue Jays game [PicInstagram] • Check out Aryeh’s latest podcast with Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino on the future of live entertainment [KindredCast]

WHAT BIBI TOLD DEMS — Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) tells JI’s Aaron Magid that Netanyahu told a group Congressional Democrats visiting Jerusalem that he backs two states. Pallone, who was part of the delegation visiting Israel and a participant at the meeting, said that Netanyahu “clearly said that the goal is a two state solution.” Netanyahu’s private backing of two states contrasts with his more hawkish line expressed in public. “We are here to stay forever. There will be no more uprooting of settlements in the land of Israel,” Netanyahu said on Monday during a speech celebrating 50 years of Israeli presence in the West Bank.

Reflecting on his trip, Pallone said that Palestinian Finance Minister Shukri Bishara showed inflexibility during a meeting with the delegation in Ramallah. Bishara “was very unreasonable. Essentially, he said, ‘You have to give everything back. We want Jerusalem back. We want the Old City back,’” Pallone said. The New Jersey lawmaker, who serves as Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, called Trump’s approach “naive.” “It’s a very difficult problem. We are nowhere near (a peace agreement) because we don’t have someone on the Palestinian side who could strike a deal. Trump exaggerates his role and doesn’t know what he’s talking about half of the time.”[JewishInsider

“U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman is back home, admiring Israeli optimism” by Rob Golub: “The congressmen on the trip met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Grothman described him as a “down-to-earth guy.” They also met with a close associate of Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who Grothman felt was “unimpressive.” Without the press present, congressmen were asking him about educating young Palestinians to kill Jews, Grothman said. “He really wouldn’t face that issue at all.””[WIJewishChronicle]

AT 1:00PM TODAY — Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff, retired chaplain in US Navy, will continue to set records when he gives the House prayer this afternoon. This will be his 11th appearance as a guest chaplain in Congress (8 times in the Senate, 3 times in the House.), and 3rd most pro forma prayers in the House. Resnicoff’s first prayer was Jan. 22, 2003, in the Senate. [CSPAN]h/t Howard Mortman

INSIDE THE ADMIN: “During a summer of crisis, Trump chafes against criticism and new controls” by Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker: “People close to the president said he is simmering with displeasure over what he considers personal disloyalty from National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn… Trump was especially upset that Cohn went public with his complaints about the president’s handling of Charlottesville, even after Trump listened to Cohn vent during a private meeting on Aug. 18 in Bedminster, N.J. The president has been quietly fuming about Cohn for the past week but has resisted dismissing him in part because he has been the face, along with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, of the administration’s tax-cut strategy.” [WashPost]

THE DAILY KUSHNER: “Days after sister’s visa pitch, Kushner divested asset related to Jersey City project” by Amy Brittain: “Kushner’s lawyer, Blake Roberts of WilmerHale, said… that Kushner had sold his ownership stake in the [One Journal Square] project on March 7 to his mother’s trust and that the contingent right… no longer held any value because it was connected to a prior version of the project that had fallen through. Kushner divested the right… just three days after the speech by his sister Nicole Kushner Meyer to investors in Beijing willing to put up $500,000 in exchange for EB-5 visas… Josh Raffel, Kushner’s White House spokesman, said that the divestiture of the contingent right was not triggered by Meyer’s comments but was part of a process that was already underway to provide more information to ethics officials.” [WashPost] • Inside Kushner’s sister’s pitch to Chinese investors [Video]

Kushner fundraises for Mark Meadows: “Jared Kushner quietly escaped to North Carolina last night to raise money at a private fundraiser for Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus… Meadows and Kushner have discussed Israel — part of Kushner’s portfolio, and a key issue for Meadows — and he has talked with Ivanka about paid leave, which faces long odds in the Republican Congress. Kushner went in a private capacity.”[Politico]

“How the Trump-Tillerson Clash Could Ignite a West Wing Shake-Up” by Abigail Tracy: “Tillerson was playing the long game . . . he was ceding a lot of ground to Kushner and [Nikki] Haley and thought it would pay off in the long run,” one current State Department staffer… told me. “I think that he has seen that it has actually not paid off and it has made his job harder and I think Charlottesville was a turning point—but not for the reason that people think.” … Haley and [Dina] Powell, meanwhile, are standouts in an administration with precious few success stories.”

“Several diplomats I spoke to thought Powell would be well-received as ambassador to the U.N. “Dina Powell is a very strong leader. She really needs to be more visible at this time when there is such instability in the U.S. position,” Bruen said. The current State staffer told me she has “a lot of respect across the board,” is “well-liked and her policy chops are really strong.” Still, Powell has other, dark forces working against her. At the U.N., she would not only be confronting North Korea and Iran, but also in all likelihood Steve Bannon… Powell could face a concerted right-wing media campaign against her ascension.” [VanityFair

IRAN DEAL — Contradicting Trump, U.N. Monitor Says Iran Complies With Nuclear Deal” by David Sanger and Rick Gladstone: “Mr. Trump has several options to choose from. One is to simply scrap the existing accord… Another option would be to declare that Iran was in noncompliance but to keep enforcing the accord in any case… A third option, administration officials say, is to set up what amounts to a test that Washington expects Iran to fail. That would involve providing intelligence information to the I.A.E.A that nuclear-related work — from enrichment to possible weapons research — is the basis for an inspection demand. So far, officials say, no such specific information has been turned over…” [NYTimes]

— “A US official… said that Haley, on her Aug. 23 visit to the IAEA in Vienna, “did not ask the IAEA to inspect any specific sites, nor did she provide the IAEA with any new intelligence… She conveyed that the IAEA will need to continue to robustly exercise its authorities to verify Iran’s declaration and monitor the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, including access to undeclared and military-affiliated sites where the agency has questions about nuclear-related activities.” [Al-Monitor] • U.S. says Iran shows ‘true colors’ by restoring Hamas ties [Reuters]

Iran Nuclear Deal Falls Short on Missiles” by Bennett Seftel: “Although the Iranian leadership has refuted accusations that Tehran is aiming to develop nuclear weapons, these ballistic missile tests seem to indicate otherwise… In the end, Iran’s longer term objectives may be to follow in the footsteps of North Korea by establishing ballistic missiles capabilities and producing nuclear weapons that would simultaneously help ensure regime survival and threaten adversaries in the region and beyond.” [TheChiperBrief]

KAFE KNESSET — The Bibi Sheldon Hotline — by Tal Shalev and JPost’s Lahav Harkov: So just how close are Bibi and Sheldon and what is the extent of the PM’s involvement in Adelson’s freebie, Israel Hayom? That was the trending question last night, as Netanyahu revealed on Facebook that between 2012-2015 he spoke to Adelson about 40 times a year and with Israel Hayom’s former editor Amos Regev about 80 times a year. He didn’t disclose these contacts voluntarily, of course, but rather was complying with an Israeli Supreme Court ruling from last month. This ruling compelled the PM to reveal the dates and times of his conversations with Adelson and Regev. Bibi did not publish the dates and times of the talks, as requested in the original petition submitted by Channel 10 journalist Raviv Drucker, but he did post a lengthy Facebook post in which he explained that “Adelson has been a close friend of mine for about 30 years and I am happy to talk to him from time to time… All Israeli politicians do this, especially during election campaigns.” Read today’s entire Kafe Knesset here [JewishInsider]

“Petition to Declare George Soros a Terrorist is One of Most Popular on White House site” by Rachel Stockman: “According to the Whitehouse.gov website, a petition to declare George Soros a terrorist and seize all of his related organizations’ assets under RICO and NDAA law” is one of the most popular White House petitions. It is ranked number 12, pulling in about 60,000 signatures since it was created just 10 days ago.” [LawNewzWashExaminer]

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SPOTLIGHT: “Burning Man signifies society’s shift away from traditional capitalism” by Simone Stolzoff: “For the 40% of Burning Man attendees who will be first-timers this year, Black Rock City may inspire an idea of what a post-capitalist society could look like. “The term ‘gift economy’ is a little misleading,” says Andie Grace, Burning Man’s longtime director of communications. “The term ‘economy’ often implies some aspect of exchange. But there’s no accounting, no expectation of receiving anything in return. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a commerce-free experience—burners buy plenty of goods to bring into Black Rock City. It’s just a commerce-free zone.”

“As more and more people hope to participate every year, it has ironically become the exact free-market force that has made capitalism so much harder to escape. As a result, the Burn is a well-positioned antidote for many of our first-world ailments—at least for those that can afford it.” [Quartz]

STARTUP NATION: “‘It’s underhyped’: An investor explains his crazy promise to invest in every Israeli blockchain startup” by Shona Ghosh: “Moshe Hogeg, the entrepreneur behind messaging app Yo!, photo-sharing firm Mobli, and phone startup Sirin, has promised to invest in every Israeli blockchain startup that approaches him for investment… Hogeg will invest personally, rather than through his VC firm Singulariteam… “Israel is a startup nation, but I don’t take it for granted this is the situation,” he said… I want to get dealflow, and I want 100% of the deals. The best way to do that is to invest in every single one of them.”” [BusinessInsider]

“Haredi dot com” by Chanani Bleich: “Welcome to KamaTech — a unique program geared toward integrating ultra-Orthodox workers into the Israeli high-tech industry. The man behind the initiative is entrepreneur Moshe Friedman, a 38-year-old haredi man, father of four living in Bnei Brak. The bulk of his work involves offering courses, making connections, bridging gaps, mediating and networking… “I was on my way to launch my first startup company and I met with a well-known investor. He informed me right off the bat: ‘I don’t invest in haredim.’ I asked him why, and he said, ‘Look, you know that most startup ventures fail, and when I look at investing in an entrepreneur I want to feel like even though there are hundreds just like him who will fail, he will be the one to succeed.'” … These days, Friedman doesn’t have to chase investors anymore. He recently launched his newest baby — 12Angels, the first haredi venture capital fund.” [IsraelHayom]

Pope: Seeking clarity, I saw psychoanalyst weekly years ago: “Pope Francis says that when he was 42 he had sessions weekly with a psychoanalyst who was female and Jewish to “clarify some things.” It wasn’t specified what the future pontiff wanted to explore. The revelation came in a dozen conversations Francis had with French sociologist Dominique Wolton… Francis was quoted as saying: “one day, when she was about to die, she called me. Not to receive the sacraments, since she was Jewish, but for a spiritual dialogue.” “She was a good person. For six months she helped me a lot,” Francis said.” [AP]

HARVEY: “‘No Amount of Planning Could Have Spared Us’: How Texans Experienced Harvey” by Michael Gold, Fahima Haque and Nilo Tabrizy: “Beth Yeshurun Cemetery, the oldest Jewish graveyard in Texas, as seen from Julio Osorio’s balcony in downtown Houston on Sunday. By Tuesday, right, the water had receded considerably… “These pictures show that not even the most symbolic or sacred place, like this one, escaped the power of Harvey. No one was safe under Harvey.”” [NYTimesPic]

MEDIA WATCH: For Clyde and Maggie Haberman, journalism is a family affair” by Brian Stelter and Francesca Giuliani-Hoffman: “On August 21, Haberman shared the Times’ esteemed front page with one of his daughters, the President Trump chronicler Maggie Haberman. It was “a hell of a source of pride,” he said, so much so that “I asked Al Siegal, our former standards editor, who goes way back. He couldn’t think of another parent-child combo.” … Covering New York City and its many characters, including Donald Trump, for the Post and the Daily News prepared Maggie for a job covering the Trump presidency. She sees a stylistic similarity between Ed Koch, who she described as “a showy mayor, very interested in making a splash,” and President Trump. “I do think that Ed Koch helped inform his thinking about how a politician behaves,” she said.” [CNNMoney] • Listen to the Reliable Sources podcast here [CNNPodcast

UPCOMING BOOKS: “Nathan Englander Channels His Inner John le Carré” by Rachel Donadio: “In pared-down prose, channeling John le Carré, the novel is about the failure of the peace process in the Middle East. It is set between 2002, during the Second Intifada, and 2014, when Ariel Sharon died, after having been in a coma for years. Mr. Englander conjures up a world of Israeli intelligence and waiters in Parisian cafes who are not what they seem, and the book’s characters include Prisoner Z, an American spy for Israel who winds up in an Israeli prison, accused of treason; the General, who is modeled on Sharon, and his nurse, who is the mother of Prisoner Z’s guard. Mr. Englander, who was educated in Jewish schools on Long Island, lived in Israel from 1996 to 2001, and much of the novel is set there.” [NYTimes]

“David Litt, an Obama Speechwriter Who Wants No Credit” by Sopan Deb: “Washington is filled with political operatives who inflate their importance and take credit, oftentimes where it might not be due. David Litt, who landed a dream job as a speechwriter for the Obama administration at just 24 years old, is not that kind of operative. His new book, “Thanks Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years,” is an amusing, honest and self-deprecating look at being a less-heralded staffer in the White House. While others might exaggerate their access to the president, Mr. Litt, now a head writer at Funny or Die, writes about how President Obama didn’t even know his name until his second term.” [NYTimes]

MAZEL TOV: “Property mogul Jeff Sutton’s daughter ties the knot in breathtaking Italian wedding” by Paul Thompson: “The daughter of New York’s ‘King of Retail’ married in a sunset ceremony overlooking the Adriatic Sea today watched by of over 400 friends and family. Renee Sutton and her fiancée Eliot Cohen wed in a traditional Jewish ceremony following a four-day build up to the big event… Locals had been drawn by rumors in the Italian press that Madonna or Lady Gaga were to perform for the couple at their wedding party. The rumors turned out to be false as did speculation that Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton would be attending the nuptials.” [DailyMail]

WEEKEND BIRTHDAYS — FRIDAYHarvard Law School professor (1967-2016), a scholar on constitutional and criminal law, now a regular CNN contributor and political analyst, Alan Dershowitz turns 79… Conductor, author and composer, Leonard Slatkin turns 73… Israeli rock singer, lyricist and composer, he is often referred to as “The King of Israeli Rock,” Shalom Hanoch turns 71… Member of the Texas House of Representatives since 2005 and Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives since 2009 (the first Jewish Speaker in Texas), Joe Straus turns 58… EVP for worldwide corporate communications at Warner Bros., following a long DC career that included being the White House press secretary during the first two years of the Clinton administration, Dee Dee Myers turns 56… President of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, located in Riverdale in NYC, Asher Lopatin turns 53… Director of national outreach for the Jewish Institute for National Security of America since 2013, following 11 years as the national grassroots director for the Republican Jewish Coalition, Harris Vederman turns 47… Novelist and playwright whose parents, Faye Kellerman and Jonathan Kellerman are both best selling authors, Jesse Kellerman turns 39… Video producer at MSNBC, Amitai Perline turns 32… Communications and policy specialist and analyst in the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, previously president of the Binghamton University Zionist Organization, Yael Rabin turns 25… Linda Feldman… Malca Resnick… Nancy Finkel

SATURDAYLos Angeles-based attorney who was part of the “Dream Team” that successfully defended OJ Simpson in 1995, he is a co-founder of two businesses, LegalZoom and RightCounsel, Robert Shapiro turns 75… Rabbi of Baltimore’s Shearith Israel Congregation, Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer turns 73… Lincolnwood, Illinois resident, Tobi Kelmer turns 71… Richard Mandelbaum turns 71… Born in a DP camp following the Holocaust, a member of the Knesset since 1999 for the United Torah Judaism party, he currently serves as Israel’s Minister of Health, Yaakov Litzman turns 69… Television producer, attorney, legal analyst and celebrity reporter, he is the founder of celebrity news website TMZ, Harvey Levin turns 67… CEO since 2000 of Lions Gate Entertainment, the leading Canadian independent film studio, Jon Feltheimer turns 66… President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, Lee Wunsch turns 65… Deputy Editor for News at Yahoo, author of a book on President Obama’s war on terror, formerly Managing Editor of Newsweek, Daniel Klaidman turns 53… Washington correspondent for the Fox News Channel, James Rosen turns 49… Founder of Israeli media organization TheMarker and a deputy publisher of the Haaretz daily newspaper, he is also a clinical professor at the University of Chicago, Guy Rolnik turns 49… Billionaire serial entrepreneur, co-founder and chairman of Groupon and co-founder of two other public companies and a venture capital firm, Eric Lefkofsky turns 48… Executive Producer at PBS’s Frontline, Raney Aronson-Rath turns 47… Seth Zweifler turns 26…

SUNDAYPioneer of the modern cable television industry, chairman and CEO of Warner Cable Communications (1973-1983), Gustave M. Hauser turns 88… Actor, producer, author and voice artist, best known for portraying Bobby Baccalieri on The Sopranos, more recently he has appeared as a regular in CBS’s “Blue Bloods,” Steve Schirripa turns 60… Historian and progressive journalist who has writte three books on the rise of the American conservative movement (focused on Goldwater, Nixon and Reagan), Eric S. “Rick” Perlstein turns 48… Chief development officer at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (D.C.), soon to be the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, Avital Ingber turns 36… Venezuelan-born son of two United Nations officials, he is a digital media and political strategist who is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Left Hook Communications, Joel Kliksberg turns 33… Managing Partner of Tax Equity Advisors and former director of the DOE’s $50 billion loan programs office, Jonathan Silver… Betty Lederman

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