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Democrat Jon Ossoff addresses his supporters after his defeat in Georgia's 6th Congressional District special election in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., June 20, 2017.
Democrat Jon Ossoff addresses his supporters after his defeat in Georgia's 6th Congressional District special election in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., June 20, 2017. Credit: Christopher Aluka Berry/REUTER
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GA06 ELECTION RESULTS: Democrat Jon Ossoff fell short in his bid for a vacant U.S. House seat, losing to Republican Karen Handel by almost 4 percentage points. 

Ossoff’s loss means that Georgia still awaits its first Jewish member of Congress since Democrat Elliott Levitas left office in 1985... "About 8 percent of the district is Jewish, representing 40 percent or more of the population of Jewish Atlanta. It was a long night for those who campaigned for Ossoff, such as lawyer Matt Weiss, a member of the American Jewish Committee ACCESS steering board... “It’s obviously disappointing. It’s a very Republican district, so it’s always going to be tough,” Weiss said. “He made enormous progress in taking what was an 8- or 9-point Republican district and coming very close. Hopefully he’ll have another opportunity to do something else in politics." [ATLJewishTimes What Kind Of Democrat Will Be The Next Jon Ossoff? [BuzzFeed]

RJC Board Member Phil Rosen "Most important for Israel - this was a resounding defeat of J Street which raised a chunk of the $26mm Osoff raised for this election." [Twitter

J Street spokeswoman Jessica Rosenblum tells us... "JStreetPAC is proud to have supported Jon Ossoff, who managed a double-digit swing in a district no one thought would have been competitive a year ago, all while standing up for the nuclear agreement with Iran, supporting bold US leadership to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and making the case for keeping our doors open to refugees. We are under no illusion as to the hard work that lies ahead of the 2018 elections, as we work to build a bulwark in Congress to protect and defend diplomacy-first policies. We are focused, energized and ready for the fight."

Dem strategist Aaron Keyak emails: "It would have been much better if Ossoff won -- and he was closer than anyone initially expected -- but the Republican euphoria about holding onto a Republican seat is premature. They should be happy this morning but yesterday's election is only one data point in an intense campaign leading up to the midterms. The fight continues. Lots of work to do."

“What Democrats can learn from spending $30M on a House race — and losing” by John Podhoretz: “That $30 million could’ve funded six House races next year in which Democrats would’ve had a better shot than they did here The Georgia results ought to be a warning shot for Democrats, not a battle cry. They have to be smarter. They have to spend their money more wisely. They have to win where they can, not where they hope to. As for Republicans and Trump: They, too, need to be cold-eyed and ruthless about what last night meant Triumphalism would be short-sighted and foolish. This was no triumph. They dodged a bullet.” [NYPost]

Kellyanne Conway tweeted last night after the results came in: "Laughing my #Ossoff" [Twitter]

Representative Jacky Rosen (D-NV) confirmed to Jewish Insider that she plans on running against incumbent Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) in 2018. Rosen’s statement is the first on-the-record confirmation from the Congresswoman of her Senate campaign. Rosen’s spokesperson added that a formal announcement would come shortly. [JewishInsider]

JARED IN ISRAEL -- Kushner lands in Israel, rushes to visit Malka family: "Kushner touched down in Israel on Wednesday morning before paying a visit to the family of 23-year-old MSG. Hadas Malka, who was murdered last Friday in a combined shooting and stabbing terror attack in Jerusalem’s Old City... He was joined by US Ambassador David Friedman... A close friend of the Malka family said that the duration of the visit lasted for approximately half an hour. “He offered the condolences to the bereaved family from the US president, who spoke to his son-in-law on the way and asked that he be kept updated about the visit,” the friend said. “(Kushner) said that the President himself asked him to express condolences on behalf of the United States.”" [YNet; NYPost]

Jared then visited Prime Minister Netanyahu and was joined in the meeting by Amb. David Friedman, Jason Greenblatt and Israeli Amb. Ron Dermer [Pics; Video]

Norm Eisen on Kushner's visit: "I am of the school that you should always try. And I think, based on my own experience, it is no disadvantage if - like Trump, Greenblatt and Kushner - you are strongly associated with one side (with Israel). I frequently hosted Israelis and Palestinians on economic matters in Prague, using it as a meeting place away from the conflict. I think that everybody knew that I was a fervent Zionist and nobody cared. If anything, it enabled me to credibly push people towards the middle... But there’s a big caveat. The one thing you shouldn’t do is to excite beyond realistic expectations because when those expectations are disappointed, it can have consequences, including violence in the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem. But even though I tend to be critical of this administration in other areas, I do think that they have, so far, avoided that, and they are proceeding in a careful way." 

Yesterday, Jason Greenblatt met with Prime Minister Netanyahu in Jerusalem. No readouts were provided by the Prime Minister’s Office or the White House after the meeting

What Yossi Klein Halevi told Jason Greenblatt -- by Jacob Kornbluh: 
Greenblatt also met yesterday with noted Israeli author and columnist Yossi Klein Halevi and tweeted about it. In an email to Jewish Insider, Klein Halevi said he shared with Greenblatt his belief that the administration would be wise to focus on mediating an interim agreement rather than a comprehensive deal, “which I don’t believe is possible anytime soon,” he wrote. “I also said that there’s not much that the Palestinian leadership can really offer Israel — or is willing to offer Israel — and that the most likely tradeoff Israel will get for concessions in the territories will come from our Arab neighbors in the form of normalization.”

Klein Halevi praised Greenblatt’s approach to the region: “Jason Greenblatt is a superb listener. At least at this stage, he’s come to listen more than to speak. After years of hearing lectures from the Obama administration, this is a refreshing change.” [JewishInsider

“Trump Administration Pressuring Israel to Move Ahead With Peace Deal, Senior Israeli Minister Moshe Kahlon Says” by Barak Ravid: "There's mounting American pressure to advance a deal," Moshe Kahlon told a conference in central Israel on Tuesday. "Something has happened. The American government feels it can reach an agreement, maybe because the good ties with the Israeli government allow Trump more influence than was possible during Obama's term.” [Haaretz

KAFE KNESSET -- Herzliya conference highlights -- by Tal Shalev and JPost's Lahav Harkov: Dozens of politicians, defense officials, academics, government officials and experts are convening this week for the Annual Herzliya conference, under the headline "Israel's Strategic Balance - Opportunities and Risks." Throughout the three days of the conference, various issues are on the agenda, such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, the war against ISIS, the Palestinian peace process and regional peace initiatives. Here are some of the highlights from the first two days:

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon on his dialogue with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, Kahlon said: "This discourse is important and I am motivated by the interests of the Israeli people – if the Palestinians also benefit from it – I don't mind. I am careful not to get into political issues. Hamdala told me, 'We are doing a good job between us, the PA is satisfied with the economic ties, but without a political agreement it is very difficult.' I think that the Palestinians aren't ready for a political agreement. I got that impression from conversations with them. Who's right: us or them? The truth is somewhere in the middle. They themselves say: Let's get through these years. We have internal problems, problems with Gaza, etc. I don't see them going now in the direction of an agreement."

Ambassador Dennis Ross on the regional peace efforts: "There is a strange paradox today. There is a desperation amongst Saudi Arabia and other Sunni states for the US to stay in the region. There is a desire to ensure that the US isn’t going to retreat, and there is fear that after Raqqa and Mosul that the US may say mission accomplished and won't stay there. That gives the Trump administration leverage with them. If the administration uses the leverage and says: OK - here is what we want from you on the peace issue they may well do that, but they will say if we are going to reach out to Israelis we have to show that we are delivering something for the Palestinians which they cannot deliver themselves."

Former Mossad Chief Tamir Pardo: "I don’t think that a real move within the Arab countries will happen before they see something on the Palestinian issue. We might have excellent security and intel relationships but to make a real move will be only after we see some kind of movement by the Israeli government towards some kind of solution with the Palestinians."

Former Obama advisor and CFR fellow Phil Gordon: "I will be surprised if anyone has success on the Israeli-Palestinian issue. It was hard or unreachable for the past 30 years but arguably the conditions are worse now. Abbas is now 82 years old, in the 12th year of his 5 year term.  He is just not in a position to make political concessions that he can sell to his public. I don’t think the conditions are ripe for that ultimate deal. Saudis said to me in private discussions that 'Israel is not killing us - Iran and ISIS are killing us' but that doesn’t mean that they are willing to play the public role that would be necessary to give the Palestinians the cover." Read today's entire Kafe Knesset here [JewishInsider]

TOP TALKER: "Saudi King Salman Ousts Nephew as Crown Prince, Installs Son" by  Nicholas Parasie, Margherita Stancati and Summer Said: "The new crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, is the elderly monarch’s 31-year old son and minister of defense... He replaces as crown prince Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a nephew of the king, who was stripped of all his positions, including interior minister. His ouster effectively ends the political career of a royal who was one of Washington’s most trusted security partners and was known as the country’s counterterrorism czar." [WSJ]  State Department Demands Saudis Prove Terror Allegations Against Qatar [WSJ; NYTimes]

Dan Shapiro writes: "For Israelis, a dynamic Saudi leader who shares their strategic outlook and openly acknowledges that it places them in the same camp, is nearly a dream come true. At the same time, MBS has demonstrated a penchant for confrontation with neighbors and adversaries quite unlike previous Saudi rulers, and his campaigns have not always been well-coordinated with the United States." [Haaretz]

ON THE HILL - New sanctions on Russia and Iran hit House roadblock” by Mike DeBonis and Karoun Demirjian: “The sanctions bill, known as the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act, passed the Senate last week on a 98-to-2 vote. But this week, House staff flagged the bill for violating the constitutional provision that only the House can originate bills raising revenue for the government House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) has supported stronger sanctions on both Russia and Iran but has not specifically committed to bringing the Senate bill to the House floor Rep. Eliot L. Engel (N.Y.), the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee [called] the roadblock “nothing but a delay tactic” and said “anything short of an up-or-down vote on this tough sanctions package is an attempt to let Russia off the hook.” If the House committees each get an independent shot at the bill, “it’ll be a big mess,” said one senior Senate Democratic aide.” [WashPost

WHAT THE WEST WING IS READING... "The Trump administration is working to free American hostages in Iran" by Josh Rogin: "The Trump administration has quietly ramped up its involvement in trying to free two Iranian Americans being held in Iran’s notorious Evin prison, including one who is in very poor health. The effort is now not only a focus of the administration’s approach to Iran, but also part of an overall increase of attention to the plight of Americans held unjustly abroad." [WashPost]  Detained Americans Fast Facts [CNN]

“Ivanka Trump on Capitol Hill, teams up with Rubio on tax reform” by Ashley Killough, Grace Hauck and Emily Karl: “Ivanka Trump met privately Tuesday morning for about an hour with Sen. Marco Rubio and other lawmakers on the Capitol Hill to discuss "pro-family" tax reform Nebraska Rep. Deb Fischer, who introduced a bill this year to give tax credits to companies offering paid maternity and paternity leave, participated in Tuesday's meeting Fischer said the discussions are "still in the talking stage" and the point of the meeting was to make the White House "aware of what we all have here in the Senate and also in the House."” [CNN]  Rubio, Ivanka joke about ‘alleged’ failed hug [AP

“Nikki Haley Tells UN: States Supporting Terror Group Hamas Should Face Consequences” by Amir Tibon: “The United Nations Security Council gathered on Tuesday for a periodic discussion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with America's envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, saying that states that support Hamas should pay a price for it. "We need to pressure Hamas to end its tyranny over the people of Gaza, we should name Hamas as the group responsible when rockets are fired from Gaza, and designate it as a terror organization in a resolution with consequences for anyone who supports it," she said. "We stand with Israel against forces of terror," she said.” [Haaretz]  Israel flouting U.N. Security Council settlement demand: U.N. envoy [Reuters

TRUMP TRANSITION: "Grenell under consideration to be ambassador to Germany" bu Josh Dawsey: "Richard "Ric" Grenell, a former United Nations official and prominent backer of President Donald Trump, is under consideration to be ambassador to Germany... It is unclear if Grenell will get the nod, officials said, as internal disagreements remain about a number of ambassador jobs... The 50-year-old Grenell is often acerbic on Twitter... He is generally perceived as intelligent about foreign affairs. But he is also seen as "potentially problematic," according to one White House official." [Politico

“Why Trump’s Foreign Policy Can’t Be Stopped” by Aaron David Miller and Richard Sokolsky: “Trump lives in a Darwinian dog-eat-dog world where America needs to look to its own interests and cut the best deals it can — allies and adversaries be damned (perhaps minus Putin)... Trump also benefits because in [James] Mattis he has an experienced, intelligent, and sensible advisor who understands and accepts America’s responsibilities for global leadership and spends much of his time advising U.S. allies to ignore the tweetstorms from the man behind the curtain. Vice President Mike Pence, [Rex] Tillerson, and [H. R.] McMaster have also helped to calm the jittery nerves of allies and, in the process, provide cover and legitimacy to Trump’s behavior.” [FP]

“Trump’s Not Ready for a Crisis: The White House national security team is still in transition, nearly five months on” -- by Douglas Lute, who recently served as U.S. Ambassador to NATO: “We pay a heavy price for the ongoing extended transition. Without the team in place and procedures set, decision-making becomes ad hoc and unpredictable, leading to mistakes and poor execution. Coordination suffers, as the players are not on the same page, leading to misstatements and a perception of internal disputes While we undergo this too-slow transition, the world continues to spin. Without our national security team and process in place, we are living on borrowed time before we confront a significant national security crisis that overnight becomes our first priority. Opponents deliberately will test us, friends will move on in their own interests, natural disasters will happen We cannot afford 2017 to be a year of endless transition.” [PoliticoMag

"Trump’s silent surge in the Middle East — and the slippery slope to war" by John Podesta and Brian Katulis: "In the Middle East’s tinderbox, for every action there’s a reaction, and it is not clear that the Trump administration has thought through what could go wrong — such as the possibility of slipping into a direct war with Iran or U.S. troops facing chemical weapons attacks by the Islamic State... The United States needs to work with partners to defeat terrorist groups and counter destabilizing policies from countries such as Iran. But in five months, the Trump administration has exposed the country to greater risks without a clear strategy." [WashPost]

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: An insider describes the Bayrock Group, its links to the Trump family and its mysterious access to funds. It isn't pretty. [Bloomberg]  Israeli-owned Dutch company in legal battle over fiber optics in Miami [JPost]  Israeli plastics company opens first U.S. operations in Gaston County [Bizjournals]  Intel to collaborate with Israel's Team8, Illusive on cybersecurity [Reuters; Fortune Israeli blockchain companies that shoot for the stars [CNBC]  Josh Kushner's Oscar Health Will Expand Obamacare Footprint In Five States [ForbesBloomberg]  Uber Founder Travis Kalanick Resigns as CEO [NYTimes]  The summer of Alice Rogoff’s discontent [MustReadAlaska

"Mnuchin Says He Divested Stake in Hollywood Financing Company" by Anousha Sakoui and Max Abelson: "The Treasury secretary, who had promised to sell his stake in a Hollywood financing company known as RatPac-Dune by last week, said in a filing released Tuesday that he has completed all divestitures under his ethics agreement... That would mean the former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. executive and one-time hedge fund manager will no longer back major motion pictures such as “Wonder Woman” while helping run the economy for President Donald Trump." [Bloomberg

SOUND BITES - Michael Bloomberg talked Trump last night on CNN’s AC360: “Donald Trump.. had a saying, 'make America great again.' I don’t know what 'again' means, but 'America'? That’s patriotic. And 'great' — that’s a good word. And I thought it’s not quite that simple. But we do live in a world of 140 characters. And slogans matter I never understood why Hillary couldn’t find somebody to give her a good tagline. That’s what she should have done I always thought.” [JewishInsider]

“The Secret Room, the Nazi Artifacts and an Argentine Mystery” by Russell Goldman: “In a hidden treasure room dedicated to celebrating the Third Reich, Argentine police officers have found a trove of Nazi artifacts, including a bust of Hitler, that they believe were taken to the country by fugitive Germans The police also found toys and musical instruments, including a box of harmonicas, emblazoned with swastikas and Nazi symbols, that would have been used to indoctrinate children “We know the history, we know of the horrible experiments conducted by Josef Mengele,” said Ariel Cohen Sabban, president of the Delegation of Israelite-Argentines Associations, the country’s largest Jewish organization. “When I see these objects,” Mr. Sabban said, “I see the infamy of that terrible era of humanity that has caused so much damage, so much sadness.”” [NYTimes

"Missing babies: Israel's Yemenite children affair" by Yolande Knell: "In the years after the creation of the Israeli state hundreds of babies went missing. Their parents, mostly Jewish immigrants from Yemen, were told their children had died, but suspicions linger that they were secretly given away to childless families - and newly released documents have revealed some disturbing evidence..." 

"Working with [MK] Nurit Koren, MyHeritage, a company that researches family ancestry, recently began offering help to Yemenite Jews who have a missing child, or who think they were secretly adopted. Leah Aharoni, who has long been convinced that her daughter, Hanna, could be alive and searching for her biological family, gave a DNA sample... to be checked against others in a new database for Yemenite-Israelis. "I want to find out where my daughter went. I want her to know that I didn't abandon her, that I love her," Leah says... A few months ago, Yehuda Kantor became the first person to be reunited with his biological family through the MyHeritage testing programme." [BBC

“Why Have Jewish Orgs. Been Silent About Otto Warmbier’s Death?” by Liel Leibovitz: “Otto Warmbier, an American student at the University of Virginia—who was active in Hillel and who went on Birthright, where he received a Hebrew name—died yesterday after being arrested and tortured by North Korea. You’d think that the cluster of handsomely funded Jewish organizations that fly the banner of promoting and protecting Jewish life in America and abroad would notice and acknowledge Warmbier’s murder. So far, though, American Jewish officialdom has been deafeningly silent. The odious Anne Frank Center didn’t bother taking a break from bashing Donald Trump to lament a young Jew put to death by the world’s worst offender of human rights. Nor did the ADL, an organization quick to stand up with Linda Sarsour as she denied Jews their right to self-determination but not so swift when the victim was a young Jewish man whose crime was pulling a silly prank at his hotel.” [Tablet Otto Warmbier’s family objects to autopsy [NYPost

MEDIA WATCH -- “Boris Epshteyn, a former Trump surrogate, now defends him as a Sinclair TV pundit” by Paul Farhi: “In his initial pieces for Sinclair, the owner of the largest string of TV stations in the nation, Epshteyn has played much the same role he did during the presidential campaign — as a Trump booster and defender. His “Bottom Line With Boris” segments have echoed positions taken by Trump himself Epshteyn appears by himself on his two-minute segments, making him more akin to commentators such as Fox’s Sean Hannity or MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.” [WashPost]  

"Under New Editor, Adelson's Israel Hayom Quietly Getting Less Netanyahu Friendly" by Nati Tucker: "[Boaz] Bismuth also has more ambitious editorial plans than his predecessor Amos Regev did... Bismuth is pressing reporters to get scoops and is highlighting them on the front page. He is also following the advice of the U.S. consulting team and making the newspaper’s website more dynamic. Breaking stories and scoops now go up on the site before they appear in the newspaper. For readers, however, the biggest change of all is how Israel Hayom presents itself. It is quietly trying to jettison the image of Netanyahu’s newspaper and become a newspaper of the center-right... Photos of Sara Netanyahu attending events or traveling with her husband abroad, once a staple of the paper, have largely disappeared from its pages. But articles that present the prime minster in a bad light still don’t get published." [Haaretz

HEARD THE OTHER DAY -- American novelist and Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon on Israel national radio: “Every morning I wake up and in the seconds before I turn my phone on to see what the latest news is, I have this boundless sense of optimism and hope that this is the day that [Trump] is going to have a massive stroke and be carted out of the White House on a gurney. And every day, so far, I have been disappointed in that hope, but, you know, hope springs eternal.” [Kann]

Israel Prime Minister Compares Peace Policy to NFL Football: "Netanyahu told a group of NFL Hall of Famers that his approach to peace is "no different" from how a football player prepares for victory ... be strong or else. The meeting was arranged by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft... "You seek peace but you've got to be strong. If you're not strong you'll never get peace and if you're not strong you'll be more in turmoil and the worst thing is you'll lose... Your game is no different from ours. The only difference is if we lose the consequences are immutable. And we've had enough of that in our history. So we won't let that happen again."" [TMZ]

“Jim Brown meets with Browns Backers of Israel” by Andrew Gribble: “Browns legend Jim Brown met Tuesday with the Israel chapter of Browns Backers as he traveled through the country with 17 other Pro Football Hall of Famers. Brown is participating in the weeklong "Touchdown in Israel II”  The Browns Backers Worldwide (BBW) is considered to be one of the largest organized fan clubs in all of professional sports with members and Clubs established throughout the world.” [CLVBrowns

Israeli Alon Day is set to make NASCAR debut: "Alon Day will become the first driver from Israel to ever compete in NASCAR’s top series next weekend in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 driving the BK Racing No. 23 EarthWater Limited Toyota Camry. Day, a 25 year-old native of Tel Aviv, Israel, was named Israel’s 2016 “Athlete of the Year”... “I’m very excited to make my debut in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series next week in Sonoma,” said Day. He continued, “Being the first Israeli who is going to race in NASCAR’s highest Series is a dream come true."" [RacingNews]

DESSERT: "Hidden message reveals ancient soldiers’ thirst for wine" by Chris Mercer: "Scientists from Tel Aviv University used ground-breaking image technology to uncover an eroded message on the shard of pottery, found near the site of an ancient fortress and dating to around 600 BC. Their research revealed an order for wine, oil and flour, most likely from soldiers stationed at the fortress, located near to the modern-day Israeli city of Arad... ‘It begins with a request for wine – “If there is any wine, send [quantity]” – as well as a guarantee for assistance if the addressee has any requests of his own,’ researchers said." [Decanter]

"Christian-Born Teaneck Pizza Shop Owner Feels Connected To Kosher Community" by Cecilia Levine: "A Jewish star hangs around Hanna Mendez' neck as she tends to business in her Teaneck store. But Mendez, who recently took over Cedar Lane's Pizzalicious — and added frozen yogurt section Berrylicious to it — is not Jewish: She was born and raised a Christian in Mexico. "People will never understand when you're not Jewish but you feel that you are," said Mendez of White Plains, N.Y. "It's something that pulls so hard." [DailyVoice]

"Restaurant Review: Is This Silver Lake Israeli Spot Worth the Hype?" by Besha Rodell: "Chef-owner Conor Shemtov... grew up in Los Angeles, but his father is Israeli, and he's spent a lot of time eating in Israel. As such, this is being billed as an Israeli restaurant, a distinction that's becoming common as a catch-all designation for restaurants with jumbled Middle Eastern influences." [LAWeekly]

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BIRTHDAYS: Former member of the US House of Representatives (1993-1995), mother-in-law of Chelsea Clinton, Marjorie Margolies (formerly known as Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky) turns 75... British businessman, co-founder with his brother Charles of advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi which became the largest in the world, appointed to the House of Lords in 1996, Baron Maurice Saatchi turns 71... UK cabinet minister in both the Thatcher and Major governments, Sir Malcolm Leslie Rifkind turns 71... Creditors rights' attorney at Chicago-area Blitt & Gaines, David Stephen Miller turns 67... Senior counselor at The Reis Group, a PR firm, since 2013, following 32 years of experience as an award-winning journalist with The Washington Post, Peter Perl turns 67... Member of the Knesset for the Yesh Atid party since 2013, he was the head of Jerusalem branch of the Israel Police (2000-2003) and then an attache at the Israeli embassy in Washington, Mickey Levy turns 66... Washington Institute fellow and adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS, David Makovsky turns 57... Former general manager of Bloomberg Politics, Tanya Rebecca Singer turns 44... Former Trump aide, hired and fired three times, Sam Nunberg turns 36... Born in Melbourne, Australia, now living in San Francisco, co-founder and CEO of Kaggle, a data science platform acquired by Google in March 2017, Anthony Goldbloom turns 34... Director of communications and marketing at the New York Community Trust, he is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, David L. Marcus... Susan Gutman... Daniel Padilla...

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