Thursday, February 22

POLITICO Playbook: Congress loses an Alaskan titan

OVERNIGHT — Rep. DON YOUNG has died at age 88 after losing consciousness during a flight from Los Angeles to Seattle, per the Anchorage Daily News.

The Alaska Republican and dean of the House was first elected in 1973, and has represented the state in Washington ever since. (For scale: Alaska was admitted to the union in 1959, so for more than three-fourths of the time it’s been a state, Young was its voice in Congress.)

“He counted among his career highlights passage of legislation his first year in office that allowed for construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline system, which became the state’s economic lifeline,” the AP writes in its obit. “During his career, he unapologetically supported earmarks as a way to bring home projects and build up infrastructure in a geographically huge state where communities range from big cities to tiny villages; critics deemed earmarks as pork.”

Young was a singular character on Capitol Hill — a gruff persona prone both to increasingly uncommon bipartisanship and flashes of anger. In one particularly memorable incident, JOHN BOEHNER claimed Young once held a 10-inch knife to Boehner’s throat after the Ohioan heckled him about earmarks. (In 2017, Young told POLITICO’s Tim Alberta that Boehner’s account was “mostly true,” while noting that Boehner later served as the best man at his wedding.)

“​​He often said he would stay in office until the Alaska voters or God decided otherwise,” notes Alaska Public Media.


— On Friday, President JOE BIDEN warned Chinese President XI JINPING “that his country would face significant repercussions if it provided aid to Russia at a time when Moscow is pressing ahead with a devastating invasion of Ukraine that has been met with global condemnation.” WaPo’s Ellen Nakashima, Adela Suliman and Lily Kuo write. “The call was part of an urgent U.S. effort to head off any Chinese moves to provide economic or military help to Russia as America and its allies try to shut down Moscow’s financial lifelines.”

— The U.N. estimates that nearly 6.5 million Ukrainians have been internally displaced inside the country, reports AP’s Jamey Keaten. That, plus another 3.2 million who have fled the country, “means that around a quarter of Ukraine’s 44 million people have been forced from their homes.”

— Russian President VLADIMIR PUTIN “appeared at a huge flag-waving rally at a packed stadium and lavished praise on his troops fighting in Ukraine,” per the AP. “Moscow police said more than 200,000 people were in and around the Luzhniki stadium. … Seeking to portray the war as just, Putin paraphrased the Bible to say of Russia’s troops: ‘There is no greater love than giving up one’s soul for one’s friends.’”

— Kyiv continued to take heavy fire, and Ukrainian President VOLODYMYR ZELENSKYY “said Russian forces are blockading the largest cities with the goal of creating such miserable conditions that Ukrainians will cooperate,” reports the AP. He also called on Putin to meet with him directly: “It’s time to meet, time to speak,” Zelenskyy said.

— Senators from the NATO Observer Group have sent President Biden a five-step proposal on Ukraine before he’s wheels up to Europe next week, our Alex Ward scooped. “First, they want Biden to commend allies who committed to increase defense spending to 2 percent of GDP following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. … Second, the Senators want NATO members “to urgently consider all options to support Ukraine. … Third, the lawmakers said NATO should “bolster its presence” on the alliance’s eastern front. … Fourth, SNOG wants NATO ‘to increase its engagement’ in the Balkans, an area some fear is ready to blow. … Fifth, the Senators want Biden to add a stop on his sojourn to some Eastern European NATO country.”

Two good reads on the ongoing peace talks…

1. What is Zelenskyy’s endgame? Amid mixed signals from his inner circle, it remains a mystery to the West, report WaPo’s John Hudson, Michael Birnbaum and Karen DeYoung.

“The conflicting forecasts have led to some confusion among Western leaders who see limited movement toward reconciling Russia’s demands with what Ukraine would find acceptable. Moscow has called for the full demilitarization of Ukraine and for Kyiv to recognize the Crimean Peninsula, annexed by Moscow in 2014, as Russian territory and the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent countries. Moscow has also called for the ‘de-Nazification’ of Ukraine, a Kremlin term believed to mean the dissolution of the Zelensky government. Ukrainian officials have said all four demands are non-starters but have been open to discussing the issue of neutrality and the country’s relationship to NATO.

“‘There’s no indication on our end that the Ukrainians are suing for peace. They want to fight,’ said a senior U.S. official.”

2. “Western officials have little optimism that the talks have reached a serious stage or even confronted the most difficult issues,” NYT’s Steven Erlanger and Patrick Kingsley report. And as a variety of countries — Turkey, Israel, Germany, France, etc. — try to mediate the conflict, we are getting some new signs of just how far off a peaceful resolution may be.

  • From Germany’s efforts: On Friday, Russian President VLADIMIR PUTIN “complained in a call with the German chancellor, OLAF SCHOLZ, that Ukraine was ‘trying to drag out the negotiation process by putting forward new unrealistic proposals’ and accused Ukraine of war crimes. Mr. Putin said Russia was ‘ready to propose a search for solutions in line with its well-known principled approaches’ in a fourth round of talks.”
  • From Turkey’s efforts: Following a Thursday call with Putin, a senior aide to Turkish President RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN revealed another Russian demand: “Putin is also insisting on Russian again becoming an official language in Ukraine.”
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BIDEN AND VP KAMALA HARRIS’ SATURDAY: The president and vice president have nothing on their public schedules.



1. Missouri’s first-of-its-kind abortion proposal would allow private citizens to sue anyone who helps a resident of the state have an abortion — even if they cross state lines to get it. The push puts Missouri at the vanguard of red-states that have enacted major restrictions on abortion rights ahead of an anticipated SCOTUS ruling on the topic later this spring, Alice Miranda Ollstein and Megan Messerly report.

2. Inside the NYT editorial that blew up Twitter on Friday. If you spent any time on Twitter as the work week drew to a close, you probably saw The Discourse about an unsigned Times editorial titled “America Has a Free Speech Problem.” Much of the chatter was disdainful about the piece’s lede, which proclaimed that “Americans are losing hold of a fundamental right as citizens of a free country: the right to speak their minds and voice their opinions in public without fear of being shamed or shunned.”

Puck’s Dylan Byers has a worthwhile look“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:””,”_id”:”0000017f-a283-db05-a97f-f2cf820d0002″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”0000017f-a283-db05-a97f-f2cf820d0003″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>Puck’s Dylan Byers has a worthwhile look at the context for the editorial, both inside the paper and within the broader media.

  • Inside the Times: Byers reports that the editorial “was effectively commissioned by the paper’s publisher A.G. SULZBERGER, and had been in the works for several months.” And, coming after years during which the inner workings of the NYT’s opinion section has been fodder for endless online debate, the editorial can “be read not just as a declaration of the Times’ commitment to long-standing values, but as something of a declaration of resistance against ‘wokeness’ and some of the most censorious impulses of its left-leaning staff members, who have been able to exert significant pressure on the Times both internally and via Twitter.”
  • Within the broader media: “Across the media ecosystem, in the wake of Trump’s presidency, major news brands have been grappling with how to rebalance their reporting product after four years of principled but often self-righteous coverage that left large swaths of the population alienated by their leftward tilt and more distrusting of media institutions. … [R]ecent behavior from the Times and CNN, two of America’s most influential media outlets, does seem to suggest some trend away from the wokest days of American journalism.”

3. CNN’s Oliver Darcy reports that the White House“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:””,”_id”:”0000017f-a283-db05-a97f-f2cf820d0004″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”0000017f-a283-db05-a97f-f2cf820d0005″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>Oliver Darcy reports that the White House “spent much of Friday frustrated by an Axios report that it believes was based on a fabricated letter purportedly written by Ukraine’s top national security official.”

“Here’s what I have gathered after talking to a senior administration official familiar with the matter,” Darcy writes: “WH and CIA officials told Axios off the record on Thursday that they had no record of receiving [OLEKSIY] DANILOV’s supposed letter and that they could not confirm its authenticity. … When [Axios reporter ZACHARY] BASU published his report anyway, the WH connected the outlet with [Ukrainian Ambassador OKSANA] MARKAROVA so that she could relay that she believed it to be inauthentic. Markarova did so on Friday. Meanwhile, the WH repeatedly asked Axios to retract its story — all to no avail. …

“NSC spokesperson EMILY HORNE went on the record about the whole episode. In a statement to me, she said, ‘We told Axios that we had not received this letter and were unable to verify its authenticity. There’s a lot of disinformation and misinformation being pushed around about Ukraine right now. This is a moment where taking the extra time to verify reporting is even more essential than usual.’”

4. Amid the war in Ukraine, TERRELL JERMAINE STARR is redefining “what it means to be a journalist who is as much a participant as an observer,” Ruby Cramer writes in the vivid inaugural edition of “Person of Interest,” a new series from POLITICO Magazine.

“He advises his followers to seek out traditional reporting to learn about the war: ‘It’s the consumer’s responsibility to curate their media,’ he tweeted this month, pushing back on critics of his openly involved brand of storytelling. ‘I’m one type of journalist.’ But his work has gained the attention of major mainstream reporters and TV anchors. In his DMs, they send notes of encouragement — ignore the haters, they tell him, keep going — endorsing his unusual brand of reporting, though they won’t soon emulate it themselves.”

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5. HHS Secretary XAVIER BECERRA is ready for a reboot, writes NYT’s Sheryl Gay Stolberg. After enduring months of “criticism that he appeared disengaged from the Biden administration’s pandemic response,” the HHS chief is “seeking a reboot, aware that his tenure will be defined by how he handles the fallout from the pandemic, including the many ways it has affected Americans’ health and the health care system.”

But there’s one big problem: “His department is out of money to pay for tests, therapies and vaccines, even as many public health experts anticipate a resurgence of Covid in the fall if not sooner.”

6. This year’s elections will see a mass exodus of state legislative leaders. “Nearly a third of the top leaders in the nation’s 99 state legislative chambers will quit their posts this year, signaling a wave of turnover that will hand power to a new generation,” The Hill’s Reid Wilson writes. “At least 30 state House Speakers, Senate presidents and majority leaders have either resigned or said they will retire at the end of their current terms.”

7. Dems’ latest midterm worry: Biden’s indecision on student loan debt relief. “While White House officials have indicated [the president] may extend the freeze on student loan payments for the fourth time, Biden’s lack of certainty ahead of another looming deadline is causing heartburn across the president’s party,” report Christopher Cadelago and Laura Barrón-López.

  • Pressure from allies on the outside: “Advocates in close touch with the White House are impatient, arguing that even if Biden ultimately moves forward with another payment suspension by the May expiration date, it’s becoming increasingly tough for them to inspire restive young voters to match their record 2020 or 2018 turnout levels.”
  • Pressure from allies on the inside: “Democratic lawmakers are pressing Biden to give millions of borrowers more than a month’s notice when deciding on an extension, which prevents them from going over a financial cliff.” 

8. Ahead of KETANJI BROWN JACKSON’s confirmation hearing, past SCOTUS sherpas share their advice with AP’s Darlene Superville“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:””,”_id”:”0000017f-a283-db05-a97f-f2cf820d000e”,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”0000017f-a283-db05-a97f-f2cf820d000f”,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>AP’s Darlene Superville. Much of it is an almost verbatim recitation of what AARON BURR advises the title character early on in the musical “Hamilton”: Talk less; smile more. Or, in the less poetic stylings TOM KOROLOGOS, who guided WILLIAM REHNQUIST, ANTONIN SCALIA and ROBERT BORK in their Senate hearings: “Stay out of the way, be on time and keep your mouth shut.”

“Federal judge KETANJI BROWN JACKSON, Biden’s pick for the court, likely has been getting similar guidance from her helper, former Alabama Sen. DOUG JONES, for the one-on-one meetings she’s been having with senators and for her confirmation hearing that opens Monday. … She has met with 44 senators of both parties, including all 22 Senate Judiciary Committee members, in the three weeks since Biden announced her as his pick.”

9. Eastern Antarctica has been 70 degrees warmer than normal for three days and counting. “The warmth has smashed records and shocked scientists,” report WaPo’s Jason Samenow and Kasha Patel. Though experts told the pair that “it’s difficult to attribute this one event to climate change,” the “fingerprints of human-caused climate change are still evident.”

— Meanwhile, on the other end of the planet: “On Wednesday, temperatures near the North Pole catapulted 50 degrees above normal, close to the melting point.”

CLICKER — “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker — 17 keepers“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:”″,”_id”:”0000017f-a283-db05-a97f-f2cf820f0000″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”0000017f-a283-db05-a97f-f2cf820f0001″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>17 keepers

GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Ryan Lizza:

“Slavery, Empire, Memory,”“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:””,”_id”:”0000017f-a283-db05-a97f-f2cf820f0002″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”0000017f-a283-db05-a97f-f2cf820f0003″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>“Slavery, Empire, Memory,” by the N.Y. Review of Books’ Howard French: “For nearly two centuries Britain has attempted to minimize the importance of slavery to its economic prosperity.”

“In Photos: Citizens of Kyiv,”“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:””,”_id”:”0000017f-a283-db05-a97f-f2cf82100000″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”0000017f-a283-db05-a97f-f2cf82100001″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>“In Photos: Citizens of Kyiv,” by NYT with photos by Alexander Chekmenev and text by C.J. Chivers

“How the Atlanta Spa Shootings—the Victims, the Survivors—Tell a Story of America,”“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:””,”_id”:”0000017f-a283-db05-a97f-f2cf82100002″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”0000017f-a283-db05-a97f-f2cf82100003″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>“How the Atlanta Spa Shootings—the Victims, the Survivors—Tell a Story of America,” by Vanity Fair’s May Jeong: “The rampage killed eight people, including six Asian women. But the ripple effects go far, to other countries, continents, and immigrant histories.”

“The Things I’m Afraid to Write About,”“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:””,”_id”:”0000017f-a283-db05-a97f-f2cf82100004″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”0000017f-a283-db05-a97f-f2cf82100005″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>“The Things I’m Afraid to Write About,” by The Atlantic’s Sarah Hepola: “Fear of professional exile has kept me from taking on certain topics. What gets lost when a writer mutes herself?”

“Good Talk,”“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:””,”_id”:”0000017f-a283-db05-a97f-f2cf82100006″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”0000017f-a283-db05-a97f-f2cf82100007″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>“Good Talk,” by Jennifer Miller for WaPo Magazine: “College students have become increasingly fearful of expressing views that are unpopular or controversial. A new civil dialogue movement attempts to restore healthy debate.”

“Night Shifts,”“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:””,”_id”:”0000017f-a283-db05-a97f-f2cf82100008″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”0000017f-a283-db05-a97f-f2cf82100009″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>“Night Shifts,” by Michael Clune for Harper’s Magazine: “Can technology shape our dreams?”

“The Post Post-Cold War World,”“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:””,”_id”:”0000017f-a283-db05-a97f-f2cf8210000a”,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”0000017f-a283-db05-a97f-f2cf8210000b”,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>“The Post Post-Cold War World,” by Bruce Mehlman, Mehlman-Castagnetti: “Russia-Ukraine war, and its consequences.”

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“How Russia’s mistakes and Ukrainian resistance altered Putin’s war,”“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:””,”_id”:”0000017f-a283-db05-a97f-f2cf8210000c”,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”0000017f-a283-db05-a97f-f2cf8210000d”,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>“How Russia’s mistakes and Ukrainian resistance altered Putin’s war,” Financial Times’ Visual Storytelling Team: “Moscow’s initial hopes of lightning-fast victory foundered in face of fierce opposition and its own shortcomings.”

An Ohio GOP Senate debate almost turned physical after Josh Mandel got in Mike Gibbons’ face over accusations about both business dealings with Chinese companies and Mandel’s work history.

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush visited a Ukrainian church together in Chicago, sunflowers in hand.

Last week, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts quietly renamed its “Russian Lounge” amid a backlash against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

SPOTTED at a “Flash Mob for Freedom in Ukraine” on Friday night at the Ukraine House hosted by Clara Brillembourg and George Chopivsky, Evelyn Farkas, Catherine Merrill, Kalee Kreider, Justin Smith, Juleanna Glover and Christopher Reiter and Hastie Afkhami: Peter Baker and Susan Glasser, Matt Kaminski, Kaitlan Collins, Jackie Alemany, Josh Dawsey, Kevin Cirilli, Michael Abramowitz, Sam Feist, Ali Dukakis, Daniel Lippman and Sophia Narrett, Ben Chang, Susan Page, Meridith McGraw, Daniel Strauss, Suzanne Kianpour, Molly Ball and David Kihara, Christina Sevilla, Michael Hirsh, Anya Schmemann, Eric Pelofsky, Gardiner Harris, Lisa Grimes and Pablo Pardo, Nadir Belguedj, Shaila Manyam, Angela Stent, Maryam Mujica, Bay Fang, Nick Snyder, Elise Labott and Gloria Dittus.

NEW NOMINEES — The White House announced several new nominees, including Candace Bond as ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Timmy Davis as ambassador to Qatar, Puneet Talwar as ambassador to Morocco and Nasser Paydar as assistant Education secretary for postsecondary education.

STAFFING UP — The Department of Energy announced several new appointees and staff leadership shuffles: Christopher Davis as chief of staff, Bridget Bartol as deputy chief of staff, Jeremiah Baumann as chief of staff to the undersecretary for infrastructure, Michael Harris as House legislative affairs adviser, Isha Korde as special assistant in the White House liaison office, Sonrisa Lucero as special adviser for stakeholder engagement in the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, Fred Pfaeffle as senior counsel, and Ron Pierce as director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization.

TRANSITION — KJ Meyer Jr. is now a senior manager in the technology and industry advisory within Accenture Federal Services. He most recently was at Guidehouse within its national security sector, and is a Bush State Department alum.

WELCOME TO THE WORLD — Lexi Branson, senior director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Ross Branson, a former Capitol Hill chief of staff, welcomed Knox William Branson on Feb. 25. Pic“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:””,”_id”:”0000017f-a283-db05-a97f-f2cf82140006″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”0000017f-a283-db05-a97f-f2cf82140007″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>Pic

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Eugene’s mom, Leah DanielsEd Rollins … RNC’s Zach ParkinsonAlexander Trowbridge … Axios’ Kayla CookAnatole JenkinsCarla Frank of the White House … Tara Dawson McGuinness … ABC’s Pierre Thomas, Katie Bosland Kastens and Van ScottMary Streett … KPMG’s Ian HainlineJohn Gossel … UPS’ Annie (Policastro) LawrenceKyle Hill … Novavax’s Ali ChartanJulien Rashid of the Global Health Technologies Coalition … Kate Gordon … NBC’s Emma Gottlieb … WaPo’s Sarah Pulliam BaileyYujin Lee (3-0) … ProPublica’s T. Christian MillerDrew Marrs of Norfolk Southern … Jake WestlinJose Borjon of Akin Gump … Leah Schaefer of Senate Energy and Natural Resources … Jill Abramson … POLITICO’s Betsy Barrows and Blake Loftin Lynda Bird Johnson Robb … former Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) … Trey Hardin Liz Plank

THE SHOWS (Full Sunday show listings here):

CBS “Face the Nation”: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell … Ukrainian Ambassador Oksana Markarova … Marie Yovanovitch … Scott Gottlieb.

MSNBC “The Sunday Show”: U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield … British Ambassador Karen Pierce … Zhan Beleniuk … Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) … Damon Wilson … Jane Harman.

CNN “State of the Union”: U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield … Polish Ambassador Marek Magierowski … retired Gen. David Petraeus. Panel: David Remnick and Masha Gessen. … (at noon) Estonian PM Kaja Kallas.

Gray TV “Full Court Press”: Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) … Yuriy Sak.

ABC “This Week”: Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) … Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) … Anthony Fauci. Panel: Jonathan Karl, Rachel Scott, Chris Christie and Donna Brazile.

FOX “Fox News Sunday,” guest-anchored by Trace Gallagher: Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) … Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. Panel: Guy Benson, Juan Williams, Jacqui Heinrich and Howard Kurtz.

CNN “Inside Politics”: Panel: Alex Marquardt, Tom Nichols and Susan Glasser. Panel: Phil Mattingly, Julie Davis and Seung Min Kim.

NBC “Meet the Press”: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg … Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) … Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.). Panel: Shane Harris, David Ignatius, Andrea Mitchell and Amna Nawaz.

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