Miss DC is Miss USA

Monday, May 15, 2017
President Trump reads a Proclamation for Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week in the Oval Office Monday. Photo Credit:Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
Miss DC is Miss USA: And her answer to a question on health care has everyone talking

Burnout on the Hill: House Repubs have “Trumphaustion”

Comey Sighting: He declined a Senate invite, but was spotted at a musical

Kate Bennett

What the White House is Talking About:
President Trump is on the Hill this morning at the National Police Officer’s Memorial Service. This afternoon he’s due back at the White House to do his West Wing driveway meet-and-greet with the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates before their Oval Office meeting. 

What the White House Press Corps is Talking About:
We’re already seeing Trump more this week than last week. Also, all eyes are on Sean Spicer at today’s 1:30 briefing as buzz grows that the President may be looking to shake up the press office.

Weekend Interviews for FBI Top Job:
Trump said he would fill the FBI Director job quickly, and it appears he’s doing so. On Saturday a steady flow of SUVs pulled up to the Department of Justice and deposited candidates for interviews, which CNN’s Laura Jarrett reported were conducted by Attorney General Pete Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. We hear Alice Fischer was the morning’s first candidate, and the last to go was Mike Rogers, who departed after 7pm. 

President Obama FINALLY Gets A Golf Club:
Golfers at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club this weekend were happy to see one of the club’s newest members on the links: Barack Obama. The former President has faced controversy with the whole golf club thing; Woodmont Country Club, in Rockville, Maryland, was apparently his first choice. But some members of the club, which is mostly Jewish in membership, opposed his joining because they felt he wasn’t a big enough supporter of Israel while he was in office. In-fighting ensued, though he was ultimately offered an invitation to join. But, tbh, if I was Obama I wouldn’t want to hang out with people at a club that aired its dirty laundry and political beliefs — I’d just want to play some golf. So, it appears he’s found a home for his clubs at RTJ, which is in Gainesville, Virginia, about a 45-minute drive from D.C. One observer has noted Joe Biden has already joined his old boss at RTJ for a round…

Barron Trump’s New School:
It’s official. Barron Trump is heading to St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, which is about a 30-minute drive from the White House. (Attention: commuters.) Barron will be entering the sixth grade at the school, which goes through grade 12. St. Andrew’s alerted student families about Barron’s admittance with a letter this morning, citing the school’s inclusionary philosophy and saying it is working to make sure arrival won’t be a disruption. 

Here’s a statement from the first lady about why they chose St. Andrew’s: 

Credit: statement from the White House/screenshot

Mother’s Day Recap: 
Donald Trump went to his golf club in Virginia, his 15th visit to a Trump-branded property since he took office. While he wished his wife a Happy Mother’s Day via Twitter, she was nowhere to be seen at the golf club, and her spokeswoman said she was celebrating with family at the White House. Melania Trump’s own MD greeting was cute. It’s Barron taking her picture. But my personal favorite is Ivanka Trump’s homage to her mother, Ivana Trump, and it’s a throwback to when she was a little girl. While Ivanka probably doesn’t think twice that she had a gold canopy bed with silk curtains, she had a GOLD CANOPY BED WITH SILK CURTAINS. 

Credit: @IvankaTrump/Twitter

Honorable mention goes to Marlon Bundo, because goddammit you know I’m obsessed with that rabbit. 

Credit: @marlonbundo/Instagram

Miss DC Is Miss USA: 
For the second year in a row, a Miss DC has nabbed the crown at the Miss USA pageant. Kara McCullough also is a scientist at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, so there’s that. McCullough also has some thoughts about healthcare. And her disbelief face when her name was announced should win a prize. 

Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Strip Club Biz up 46%: 
People in #thistown keep talking about Trump, even when they’re at the club watching naked people. DC gonna DC, you guys.

Hunter Schwarz

What Washington is Talking About:
Who’s going to be offered former FBI Director James Comey’s job.

What America is Talking About:
The worldwide ransomware hack that locks users out of their computers until they pay. Europol head Rob Wainwright told British television it’s affected more than 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries.

What Hollywood is Talking About:
Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced she will not seek reelection to the Academy board of governors after two terms as president. Former Paramount Pictures CEO Brad Grey has died at 59. And L.A. Reid is out as CEO of Epic Records; sources told Billboard his ouster follows allegations of sexual harassment from a female assistant. A lawyer for Reid did not respond to a request for comment.

Workplace Burnout on the Hill:
Does the GOP have a good HR person who can sit down and talk workplace complaints with disgruntled House members? Because it sounds like they need it.

Per our John King, “A number of veteran GOP members tell friends and associates they are at, or near, a boiling point — “Trumphaustion,” as one put it …Talk of retirement among veteran House Republicans is spiking, according to several sources who keep close tabs on the pulse of the GOP.”

We’ve already seen Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, announce he won’t seek reelection (and he could be headed to Fox News, per Washingtonian). Could he be the first of many to seek different employment come the midterms? And what kind of candidates would rush to fill a vacuum created by larger-than-normal House Repub turnover? “Republicans ended the week alarmed that a high number of GOP retirements could help tilt the House’s playing field back toward the Democrats,” King says.

Comey Sighting:
We still don’t have comment from Comey on his firing, and he declined an invitation to speak before a closed session Senate intelligence committee this week, vice chair Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, told CNN.

But Comey was spotted in public Saturday — for the first time since his firing — at DC’s National Theater for a performance of the musical “Fun Home.” He posed for a photo with the cast (he’s the 6’8” man in the back, in case you can’t find him).

Credit: @funhomemusical/Twitter

“Their daughter saw the tour in Chicago and told them they had to see it,” Barbara Whitman, a producer for the show, told the New York Times. “They were wiping away the tears as they came backstage to meet the cast. He said something to the effect of it was the best thing they could have picked for their first outing.”

Out Da Bushes:
A woman on Facebook has made it easy to create your own Sean Spicer bush decor. Her creations have already been spotted in the wild.

Credit: Lisa Kadonaga/Facebook

ICYMI, the Post has updated its story to note that on the night Comey was fired, he was found “among bushes” outside the White House, not “in the bushes.” But I feel like this meme is not going to die. ???

Ivanka Doesn’t Understand the Expectation Vs. Reality Meme:
Ivanka Trump last night posted her attempt at making a rainbow pizza using the classic “expectation vs. reality” format that pokes fun at trying to recreate beautiful Pinterest ideas IRL. Here’s the expectation of what those are supposed to look like, on the left, and what Ivanka posted, on the right:

Credit: (l) the internet; (r) @ivankatrump/Instagram

The whole point is to show how hard it is to create your own gorgeous-looking Pinterest recipe, but in true Ivanka form, she made a version that’s Insta-ready/not half bad. (She messed up the order of the colors, her broccoli doesn’t look chopped enough, and what’s the deal with the corn? But other than that…).

In other words, she failed at properly using the meme, AKA, she “NAILED IT.” Ivanka also put a link to the “inspiration” recipe in the caption — it’s from the blog Gimme Delicious Food. I reached out to the blog’s author, Layla Atik, but haven’t heard back. It seems like a kind of liberal recipe, no? It’s vegetarian and rainbow… If you happen to make it yourself, email me at coverlinehunter@cnn.com with your results.

Katy Perry’s Next Record Has a Name and Release Date:
Capitol Records announced today that Katy’s next album will be titled Witness. It’s  coming out June 9, and it “reflects on the changes in her own life and in the world around her” (I’m hoping that means plenty of political songs so we can discuss them together here?). Her “Witness: The Tour” tour will stop in Washington on September 25.

Sabo Street Artist:
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, spent Saturday at a town hall meeting at Inglewood High School, where conservative street artist Sabo decked out some nearby street signs:

Credit: Sabo

Other signs read “Illegals Hurt Blacks,” “Sanctuary Schools,” and “Deny Legal Students.”

“I originally wasn’t 100% in doing this but I’ve noticed how often the Right has their Town Halls crashed by crazy Leftists I just had to,” he told me in an email.

Send me your pics of political street art to coverlinehunter@cnn.com, tweet me @hunterschwarz, or tag @cnncoverline on Instagram.

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