THE BIG IDEA:
Clinton shifted tone only after it became obvious that her lawyerly and defensive messaging was still not placating angry donors and activists. Brooklyn posted a Facebook note last night under Hillary’s name and blasted an e-mail to her list. “I wanted you to hear this directly from me,” she said in both. The notes refer supporters to a page on her campaign web site with more talking points and a link to the State Department page with all the emails. Watch a two-minute video from The Post of Hillary’s continuing-to-evolve comments on her private server here.
Despite the apology, the e-mail story is unlikely to go away fully before Nov. 2016. Many unanswered questions remain, and a lot more documents are in the pipeline for release.
- Republicans offer immunity to the IT guy. “Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson — both Republicans — wrote to Bryan Pagliano that they are considering seeking the immunity in an effort to compel him to testify, per the AP. “The chairmen asked for a meeting with Pagliano’s attorneys to assess what might be revealed in such testimony.”
- Secretary of State John Kerry appointed a former career diplomat as an “email czar” to coordinate his department’s response to the demands for document production, CNN reports: “Janice Jacobs will serve as Kerry’s State Department’s Transparency Coordinator, charged with responding to Freedom of Information Act and congressional requests faster and more efficiently and improving the State Department systems for keeping records. … Republicans were quick to point out that Jacobs contributed $2,700 — the maximum allowed — to Clinton’s campaign on June 22.”
- State plans to move about 50 workers into temporary jobs to bolster the office sifting through Hillary’s emails, according to Reuters: “The extra staff will not work on the monthly, court-ordered release of Clinton emails, which are being handled by about 20 permanent, and 30 part-time, workers. The new staff will fill in for those workers and may also handle other Clinton FOIA requests.”
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING:
— Jeb Bush stuck to script, showed message discipline on Stephen Colbert’s debut show. The former Florida governor repeated lines and jokes he uses on the campaign trail to explain and defend his candidacy, says Bush beat reporter Ed O’Keefe. Three highlights:
- Colbert asked whether Bush thought he could genuinely bring together the two political parties. “I’m going to say something that’s heretic, I guess. I don’t think Barack Obama has bad motives. I just think he’s wrong on a lot of issues,” Bush said. A portion of the audience seemed eager to clap at the first part of Bush’s comments — but stopped when they heard Bush say that Obama is “wrong.” Colbert suggested that next time, Bush should work on his dramatic pauses.
- Jeb said that George W. Bush “should have brought the hammer down when they were spending way too much, because our brand is limited government.” On his older brother, Jeb added: “He didn’t veto things, he didn’t bring order and fiscal restraint,” he added. “So he was not conservative enough?” Colbert asked. “On spending,” the governor said.
- “There is a non-zero chance that I would vote for you,” Colbert told Jeb. “You seem like a very reasonable guy.”
- Colbert tried to book Hillary before Jeb, but her campaign declined because it was already in talks with Jimmy Fallon, according to CNN. She will appear on his show next Wednesday, the same day as the GOP debate.
- Watch the full episode here. CBS posted a four-and-a-half minute bonus clip that did not air here.
Post TV critic Hank Stuever was impressed by Colbert’s kick-off. From his review: “Perhaps the finest, most thoughtful moment came at the beginning, when Colbert sang a beautiful, pre-taped rendition of the national anthem with different singers at various cross-country locales. There was something sweet and reassuringly corny about it while also seeming patriotic and meaningful in a slightly ironic sense.” See a rundown of each segment here.
Jeb will unveil his tax plan in North Carolina today. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed previewing the speech, he says that he wants three income-tax rates: 10%, 25% and 28%, plus a 20% corporate rate and immediate expensing on new investment. Before his Colbert hit, he briefed leading supply-siders at the office of New York Jets owner Woody Johnson (his national finance chairman). Larry Kudlow, Steve Forbes and Stephen Moore were spotted.
— Japan’s Nikkei stock index surged 7.7 percent amid strong advances by other Asian markets.
GET SMART FAST:
- Senate Democrats have secured 42 votes in favor of the Iran deal, enough to filibuster the GOP resolution of disapproval and spare President Obama from needing to use his veto pen. Democratic Sens. Maria Cantwell (Wash.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Gary Peters (Mich.) and Ron Wyden (Ore.) backed the agreement yesterday. West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin came out against it, as did Maine’s Susan Collins, the last undecided Republican.
- The family of Freddie Gray, the black man who died dubiously in police custody, reached a $6.4 million settlement with the city of Baltimore. “The wrongful death settlement, which requires final approval by a city board, comes as criminal charges are pending against six officers in Gray’s arrest and death,” Keith L. Alexander reports. “Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake stressed that the settlement would not affect the criminal cases, but it would avoid a drawn-out civil case against the city or police.”
- United’s Chairman and CEO, along with two other senior officials at the company, resigned amid a federal corruption probe. The airline established a money-losing flight between Newark and Columbia, S.C., to benefit the ex-head of the New York-New Jersey Port Authority. Jeff Smisek’s golden parachute? $4.9 million, plus lifetime flight and parking benefits.
- Speaking of flying: Tray tables on airplanes actually have more germs on them than the bathrooms, according to a new study.
- Australia will launch airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria within days, the prime minister announced overnight.
- When the new school year opens Wednesday in New York City, 65,000 4-year-olds will attend free pre-kindergarten — the largest expansion of public school of its kind in the country. “The pre-kindergarten rolls, larger than the entire K-12 public school enrollment of Boston or Seattle, makes good on a campaign promise by Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) to offer full-day preschool to every 4-year-old in the city,” writes Lyndsey Layton.
- A mailroom supervisor at the Labor Department conducted a bootleg DVD operation for five years before the inspector general caught on. Ricardo Taylor even used his government e-mail account to run the side business, selling DVDs to colleagues for $4 or $5 apiece. He’s pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years probation. (Colby Itkowitz)
- CNN moved up next Wednesday’s GOP debate at the Reagan Library from 9 p.m. Eastern to 8 p.m. Eastern, cutting out the gap between the JV and varsity events.
POWER PLAYERS IN THE NEWS:
- Harry Reid said he will “probably not” ever regain vision in his injured right eye. (CNN)
- Prominent GOP debate coach Brett O’Donnell admitted to lying to the Office of Congressional Ethics about campaign consulting work he did for then-Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) that was paid for with taxpayer money.
- John McAfee, the eccentric millionaire antivirus software pioneer, filed paperwork with the FEC to run for president. A spokesman says he’s going to create a new party. (The Hill)
- Jeb expects to raise $100,000 today from a video conference fundraiser with 40 expats in Hong Kong who are maxing out, the Financial Times reports. (The event was first reported in Friday’s Daily 202.)
- Rick Perry closed his South Carolina headquarters, a few days after the state GOP chairman told the Charleston Post & Courier that the former governor “is on life support in South Carolina” and may not be able to afford the $40,000 filing fee to get on the primary ballot.
- President Obama will visit Des Moines next Monday to talk about college affordability. (The Register)
- Jon Stewart will lobby Congress next week to continue programs monitoring 33,000 people for illness after their work at Ground Zero following Sept. 11. (USA Today)
- Emails released from the official Gmail account of ex-Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber show how early and heavily he brought the woman with whom he was involved romantically into state politics. (The Oregonian)
- Fourteen members of the House spent last week on a cushy, taxpayer-funded junket in … Hawaii! Al Kamen names them here.
- Washington Post President and General Manager Steve Hills will step down by the end of the year. The New York Times shook up its Washington bureau, replacing Carolyn Ryan with Elisabeth Bumiller. And the Los Angeles Times’ publisher, Austin Beutner, was “abruptly fired” by Tribune Co.
- Andrew Kohut the founding director of the Pew Research Center who once led Gallup, died from complications of leukemia. He was 73.
- Serena Williams defeated her sister, Venus, at the U.S. Open in three sets.
- Queen Elizabeth II today becomes Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, eclipsing the record of 63 years and 216 days set by her great-great-grandmother. (Karla Adam)
— “Defiant clerk in gay marriage fight emerges from jail to cheers,” by David Weigel and Abby Phillip: “The gathering to support Davis — part block party, part Old Testament revival and part presidential campaign rally — clogged traffic in this small town and dominated cable news for much of Tuesday. Prominent social conservatives flocked to Grayson, Kentucky. The Republican Party’s candidate for governor mingled with the crowd, as did Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz. … Davis’s fight gave the presidential contenders a clear chance to prove their conservative mettle in a crowded primary field. … Huckabee described his meeting with Davis, saying he’d called her “braver than any pastor I’ve ever known” and pledging to serve jail time in her stead if it came to that.”
- U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning, in letting Davis out, ruled that she “shall not interfere in any way, directly or indirectly” with same-sex marriages, threatening to put her back in jail if she does. Five of the six clerks who work for her have agreed to comply with the law.
- Meanwhile, Survivor frontman Frankie Sullivan complained on Facebook about “Eye of the Tiger” being used as background music for Davis’ release party.
— “At choke points on the way to Western Europe, chaos and growing frustration,” by Griff White and Anthony Faiola: “The collision of exasperated migrants with overwhelmed authorities created chaotic scenes Tuesday at choke points up and down the route being traveled by tens of thousands of people seeking refuge in Western Europe. From the idyllic Greek islands to the fertile plains of southern Hungary, a pileup of people impatient to cross seas and borders produced tense standoffs and desperate flights as migrants sought to bypass registration systems that have broken down amid the crush of new arrivals.
Powerful scene: “At the Serbian-Hungarian border, hundreds of people chose to dash into a cornfield as police looked on rather than sleep another night on the patch of dirt where they had been confined while they waited to be registered. Nashat Murad, a 28-year-old lawyer from Damascus, Syria, evaded police by slipping over coils of razor wire at the border, leaving his fingers covered in bright red puncture wounds. ‘Just let us cross to Germany,’ he said as he jostled with other migrants to board a westbound train at the Budapest station. ‘We’ve already suffered a lot.'”
SOCIAL MEDIA SPEED READ:
— ZIGNAL VISUAL: Jeb did not get the Colbert Bump. Initial numbers from our analytics numbers at Zignal Labs show the so-called Colbert Bump may not be much of a thing at all for Jeb Bush after he appeared on Stephen’s first show. Bush gained more mentions when he was being called out by Trump for speaking Spanish on the stump than during the Colbert appearance. He even got more mentions when he was being taken to task by Colbert himself for turning his appearance on the show into a fundraising opportunity. Bush mentions yesterday were far lower than on even a typical weekday. Here’s a chart showing Bush’s total mentions from Sept. 1-8:
–Pictures of the day:
The award for best back-to-work message goes to Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.):
Bernie Sanders, spotted walking alone near the Capitol on his birthday:
President Obama apparently ate salmon meat left behind by a bear while in Alaska (watch the video here):
–Tweets of the day:
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) declared victory on the Iran deal: “There are a lot of good reasons to support #IranDeal. But the best might be that Dick Cheney’s against it.”
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) had a darker view on the news:
Ironic that Congress may vote on Iran nuke deal on 9/11— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) September 8, 2015
Jeb solicited opinions on his fantasy draft picks:
He also posted a picture ahead of his appearance on Colbert:
Across town, Hillary Clinton taped an episode of the Ellen DeGeneres Show that will air Thursday. 3.4 million viewers watched Ellen last year, and three-quarters of them are women who don’t generally watch Sunday shows:
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who faces reelection next year, enjoyed a hunting trip before returning to Washington. “Being home & out in AK fills me up in a way that’s indescribable,” she tweeted:
Donald Trump posted this quote from Robert Redford. “Wow! Such nice words from Robert Redford on my running for President. Thank you, Robert,” he tweeted:
–Instagrams of the day:
Trump trolled Bush with another Instagram video (a few hours after Jeb took an implicit shot at Trump in his first TV ad):
Chris Christie crossed paths with Larry the Cable Guy:
GOOD READS FROM ELSEWHERE:
— Marine Corps’ women-in-combat experiment gets mixed results. Over the past nine months, the Marines tested a gender-integrated task force in both Twentynine Palms, Calif. and Camp Lejeune, N.C. in an attempt to gauge what the Marine Corps might look like with women in combat roles. The Marine Corps Times, interviewing several men and women involved, reports that only a small number of women were left by the experiment’s conclusion — two of the roughly two dozen that started — mostly in part because of the physical and mental stress that comes with combat roles. “Both the men and women in the task force also reported a breakdown in unit cohesion with some voicing a perceived unequal treatment from their peers,” Post reporter Thomas Gibbons-Neff, himself a former Marine infantryman, writes off the Marine Corps Times report. Read the original story here. And Thomas’ more elevated take on it here.
— Wall Street Journal, “Hillary Clinton Opened door to key US shift toward Iran nuclear deal,” by Jay Solomon and Laura Meckler: “…in her last months as secretary of state, [Clinton] helped open the door to a dramatic shift in U.S. policy toward Iran: an acceptance that Tehran would maintain at least some capacity to produce nuclear fuel, according to current and former U.S. officials. In July 2012, Mrs. Clinton’s closest foreign-policy aide, Jake Sullivan, met in secret with Iranian diplomats in Oman, but made no progress in ending the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program. In a string of high-level meetings here over the next six months, the secretary of state and White House concluded that they might have to let Iran continue to enrich uranium at small levels, if the diplomacy had any hope of succeeding.”
— The Daily Caller, “Donald Trump on his nuclear doctrine, democracy promotion and why he refuses to use term ‘supreme leader,” by Jamie Weinstein: The Caller interviews Trump on foreign policy and he answers with these gems: “The Arctic to me is a very big deal. [Putin is] doing things in the Arctic that are not right.” The Iran nuclear deal is the most “incompetently drawn and agreed to contract that I’ve ever seen. It is the most one-sided. It’s a disgrace to the United States, and I think it’ll be a disgrace to humanity.” And as for nation building and exporting democracy: “I’ll tell you what, there is going to be nation building. You know what the nation’s going to be? The United States, that’s what the nation’s going to be.” On Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi: “I actually rented him a house that he never got to use. I was very proud of that. He paid me a fortune for one night for a house that he never got to use.”
HOT ON THE LEFT
A Huckabee aide physically blocked Cruz from getting into the Kim Davis money shot. From the New York Times: The rally had been scheduled before it was known that Davis would be released. “Ted Cruz made an appearance, but it was Huckabee, a former Baptist pastor, who grabbed the political spotlight. When Cruz exited the jail, a throng of journalists beckoned him toward their microphones, but an aide to Mr. Huckabee blocked the path of Mr. Cruz, who appeared incredulous.”
HOT ON THE RIGHT
Tom Brady explains the Donald Trump hat in his locker. From Time Magazine: The New England Patriots quarterback told Boston’s WEEI that he owns a cap from Trump’s presidential campaign bearing the “Make America Great Again” slogan of the Republican’s presidential campaign. “He sent it tome via R.K.K.,” Brady said on Tuesday, referring to Patriots owner Robert Kraft. “He always gives me a call and different types of motivational speeches at different times. So now that he’s running for president, he sent me a hat, and he gave it to R.K.K. a couple weeks ago. So it found its way to my locker.” Mike Ditka also offered praise for Trump yesterday during an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times.
–What’s happening today on the campaign trail: In Washington, D.C., Donald Trump and Ted Cruz hold a rally against the Iran deal at the Capitol while Hillary Clinton delivers remarks on the agreement at the Brookings Institution. Jeb Bush appears on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” and makes an economic policy address in Garner, N.C. In New Hampshire, Lawrence Lessig launches his presidential bid in Claremont and Lincoln Chafee speaks at an event in Sandown. Mike Huckabee holds a media availability in Abilene, Texas. Ben Carson rallies with supporters in Anaheim, Calif.
–On the Hill: The House meets at 12 p.m. for legislative business. Members take up a resolution disapproving of the Iran deal. First and last votes are expected from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The Senate meets at 10 a.m. Members resume consideration of the legislative vehicle for disapproval of the Iran deal. Caucus lunches take place from 12:30 to 2:15 p.m. The House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on Planned Parenthood. Ahead of time, the group is releasing a memo that paints the inquests as the 10th in a string of attacks on the group over the past 15 years.
— At the White House: President Obama travels to Macomb Community College in Warren, Mich., to deliver remarks about the economy. Vice President Biden hosts an annual reception for Jewish leaders at the Naval Observatory.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Honestly, we saw the frustration. He’d read the paper and he’d just sort of shake his head, you know, ‘you’ve got to be kidding me,’ and for him, it’s actually a very selfless thing, if you think about it,” Eric Trump said on Fox Business about what motivates his dad.
NEWS YOU CAN USE IF YOU LIVE IN D.C.:
— “Should today be our final day of the year reaching or surpassing 90 degrees, it will do so in classic summer style, with plenty of humidity and a storm chance. Shower and storm chances peak tomorrow before what looks to be a pretty pleasant Friday,” the Capital Weather Gang forecasts.
— “The Nationals’ season died Tuesday night, died in the seventh inning specifically, a water-torture frame that had to be preserved on DVR to be believed,” Barry Svrluga recaps. The team lost 8-7 to the Mets after leading 7-1 at the start of the inning!
— The Alexandria City Council voted unanimously to ban the flying of Confederate flags by the city and will form a citizens committee to study whether to rename streets named for Southern military leaders. “The era of city employees raising a Confederate flag on Gen. Robert E. Lee’s birthday and Confederate Memorial Day is over,” writes Patricia Sullivan. “Still unsettled is what will become of the name of U.S. 1, otherwise known as Jefferson Davis Highway. More than 33 streets and a public elementary school are named after Confederate military leaders. A plaque at a prominent Old Town corner presents a skewed account of a shooting at the start of the Civil War. In the council’s own chambers, a portrait of Lee hangs across the room from a portrait of George Washington.”
— Montgomery County, Maryland’s largest school system, will scrap high school final exams next school year. “The Board of Education voted unanimously to eliminate the two-hour semester-end exams and replace them with shorter assessments taken during the quarter that could take different forms: tests, essays, portfolios and projects,” Donna St. George reports.
VIDEOS OF THE DAY:
Watch Kim Davis react to her release from jail at a rally with Mike Huckabee:
Listen to President Obama’s remarks honoring the NCAA champion Duke Blue Devils (the Internet lit up when he compared the hate he faces as president to the hostility Duke faces from fans of other programs):
To bracket his speech against the Iran deal, the White House released a mash-up of Dick Cheney’s comments about the Iraq war:
Watch footage of a check-up with the National Zoo’s new panda cub:
Finally, something much less cute: A Hungarian camerawoman tripped a refugee holding a child as he tried to escape police officers at a Hungarian camp. Her network, N1TV, said she’d been terminated. Watch here.