• Attorney General Jeff Sessions has continued his old-school practice of writing personal notes and thank you letters. When the Republican LGBTQ advocacy group Log Cabin Republicans welcomed the Justice Department’s commitment to enforcing anti-transgender hate crimes, Sessions wrote Log Cabin President Gregory T. Angelo. “Thank you for your kind words. We at the DOJ will continue to do our duty to protect Americans from crime,” Sessions wrote on an Attorney General note card. ...

Howard Kurtz, the dean of Washington media critics, plans to call out unfair TV and press attacks on President Trump and his team in a new Regnery Publishing book titled Media Madness: Donald Trump, the Press, and the War over the Truth. In it, said Regnery, Kurtz, now host of Fox’s “Media Buzz” show, “takes on his own profession in this meticulously reported account of the stunningly personal battle between Trump and the press.” It’s due out early next year. ...

• Nov. 17 is 1,082 days until Nov. 3, 2020, but it marks the beginning of the presidential contest for C-SPAN’s famous “Road to the White House.” They'll be at the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s Kennedy-Clinton Dinner, featuring announced presidential candidate Rep. John Delaney of Maryland and Reps. Grace Meng of New York and Tim Ryan of Ohio ...

• The Heritage Foundation is the first in Washington to send out its Christmas Party invitation. It will be at the exclusive Metropolitan Club near the White House. No cellphones allowed. …

J.P. Freire has joined Florida Rep. Dennis Ross, a key House GOP whip, as communications director and policy adviser. He was a top spokesman at EPA and previously with Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah. …

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