For only the third time in its 51-year history, the fabled Christian Science Monitor Newsmaker Breakfast will have a new host beginning next year.

David Cook, 71, who has held court for 16 years, encouraging journalists at nearly 700 breakfasts to ask “civilized, thoughtful” questions of public figures over sausage and eggs, is retiring after 48 years with the Boston-based paper. He and his wife are moving to southern California to be closer to their children. His career has ranged from Monitor copyboy to editor.

On Facebook, he wrote, “After hosting 672 of the gatherings, I am retiring, 48 years after I joined the Monitor's staff. Linda Cook and I are grateful to the Monitor for many wonderful experiences and looking forward to our new life in Southern California.”

Monitor Washington Bureau Chief Linda Feldmann takes over the hosting seat for the event that was started Feb. 8, 1966, by legendary newsman Godfrey “Budge” Sperling Jr.

• Taxslayer Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, was at Georgetown University begging President Trump to “stop running around and saying, ‘Everything’s great.’” Norquist said that undercuts the urgency for tax reform. Speaking at an event sponsored by the schools Institute of Politics and Public Service the McCourt School of Public Policy, Norquist said, “He sort of announces ahead of time, ‘We’re going to do this,’ then he announces that he just did it. If you listen long enough, you get what he means, but I think it would be helpful to point out that the world has not yet been made perfect.’ …

• All that criticism of her chairmanship of the beleaguered Democratic National Committee hasn’t hurt Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s budding stardom as a populist chef. As @cleancookingcongresswoman on Instagram, she’s winning praise for inventive and healthy recipes. The “bombardment by unhealthy food at receptions” in D.C. was a big incentive, she said. …

• Maine Sen. Susan Collins overheard predicting that Washington will finally take up infrastructure spending — “a massive investment” — first thing next year. ...

• Intrigue at the Swiss Embassy Residence Friday when George Lazenby and those behind his role as James Bond dish about 1969’s “On Her Majesty's Secret Service." Hosted by D.C. insiders Doug Davenport, Lori LaFave, Erik Huey.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com