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PLAYBOOK EXCLUSIVE -- IVANKA TRUMP’S NEW BOOK PREFACE -- Ivanka Trump has said she won’t be doing the typical press and tour for her upcoming book “Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success,” but the first daughter did write the preface to the book just days before her father’s inauguration.

-- EXCERPT OF THE PREFACE : "At the time I was writing this book, my father was running for president of the United States. ... Inspiring and empowering women who work -- at all aspects of their lives -- has been my mission throughout my entire career. Today, I have the opportunity to take that work to new heights and advocate for change on a far greater scale than I’d ever imagined...

"[I] will take a formal leave of absence from both The Trump Organization and my apparel and accessories brand. On paper, this separation is straightforward, but emotionally, this was not an easy decision for me to make. I have known since I was a child that I wanted to be a developer and an entrepreneur. It is diffcult to step away from businesses that I have worked hard to build and that I believe in so fully, but the potential to improve the lives of countless women and girls has caused me to fundamentally consider where my work will do the greatest good.

"I recognize the privilege and responsibility I have to use my voice to make positive impact where I can. I am committed to working harder than ever to help unleash the full power of women and girls to accelerate the pace of progress both in our country and around the world -- and I look forward to furthering the cause together.” The full preface $14.56 on Amazon

BIG THINGS HAPPENING -- We expect Congress to pass a week-long stop-gap government funding bill. That means a shutdown will be averted, giving the two parties time to iron out more details, but pushing this crisis into another week. That’s a bad sign for other legislative priorities. By the way: no money was included to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

-- RACHAEL BADE and JOHN BRESNAHAN posted a story at 12:49 a.m., which says a vote on the new health-care bill is “increasingly unlikely this week” because moderates still remain opposed to the measure. Speaker Paul Ryan moved to strip from the bill language that exempted lawmakers’ health care from the new bill.

WHAT WE HEAR -- THE WHITE HOUSE is pushing extremely hard for a vote this week, which has sent the GOP leadership team into a frenzy. On the Hill, the push is seen as illogical. But still, there are those in senior levels of Republican leadership who see a vote


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