Joy Reid Joins Obama Alumni, Prosecution Rests in Menéndez Trial, and Facebook Talks to the CBC

There’s a lot to get to today. And, unfortunately, we must begin with the president’s tweets. In the past 24 hours, Donald Trump has threatened to challenge the licenses of networks whose news coverage he does not like. Within the same hour, he also promoted a friendly interview he had with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, where he said there will be no DACA deal without funding for a border wall. This morning he’s doubling down on his attacks against the media and has revisited his critiques of leadership in Puerto Rico. The town where he tossed paper towels to desperate residents still doesn't have water or electricity, and he’s tweeting about pulling FEMA off the island. Are we great again yet? Meanwhile, there’s still much fallout from the Harvey Weinstein harassment accusations, but an interesting turn in the story is this -- JAY-Zis reportedly in talks to purchase Weinstein’s 23% interest in The Weinstein Company(name change pending). He's not a businessman. He's a business, man! Lastly, we thought it fitting on this #ThrowbackThursday to highlight Anita Hill, who became the face of women standing up to sexual harassment when she appeared before theSenate 26 years ago and recounted her experience with now-Justice Clarence Thomas. We’re kicking off the day with this...

  • Barack Obama is back on the campaign trail in Virginia.
  • Prosecutors rest in Senator Bob Menéndez’s (D-NJ) corruption trial.
  • Congressman Al Green (D-TX) intros articles of impeachment but stops short of a vote.
  • Top Dems want to know if regulatory changes enrich Trump or admin officials.
  • CBC meets today with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to discuss race-related ads.
  • DNC Chair Tom Pérez faces discontent from within.
  • Former AG Eric Holder calls out current AG Jeff Sessions over weed policy.
  • Congressmen Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) lead House effort to do away with current bail system.
  • CBC Chair Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) hits Unilever and Dove for racially insensitive ad.
  • Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) want to know the cost of VP Mike Pence’s NFL walkout.
  • NAB sends phones to Puerto Rico.
  • Celebs join forces for upcoming disaster relief telecast.
  • MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid is a keynote speaker at this weekend’s Obama Black alumni gathering.  
  • Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings is launching her gubernatorial bid in Maryland.
  • Tyler Perry set to play Colin Powell
  • Latinos comprise largest population of people of color in the country.
  • Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is expected today to ask for more Census 2020 funds.
  • SCOTUS voids ruling on travel ban.
  • Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC) wants an investigation into recent data breaches.
  • Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) champions smart cities.
  • Voto Latino is hosting a happy hour today. Get the details in FOMO.
Brenda Arredondo