Obama Seeks Diversity Consultant, Latinas in Tech Take Over the Valley, and Grace Meng Slams Video Game

Police say they have killed the gunman responsible for last night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas that left at least 50 dead and more than 200 injured. This story is breaking and will be updated throughout the day. Get real-time updates here. Back in the Beltway, after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said they had opened lines of communication with North Korea, Donald Trump tweeted, “I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man…” TheNYT ponders if Trump is intentionally playing bad cop to Tillerson’s good cop. Oh, there’s a job opening for anyone interested in leading the Department of Health and Human Services. SCOTUS is back in session today with a conservative majority (this will be the first full session for Justice Neil Gorsuch) and a docket full of cases that will address voting rights, religious liberty, and protection from discrimination and privacy in an increasingly monitored society. On Capitol Hill, after unsuccessful efforts to replace the ACA, Congress allowed the Children's Health Insurance Program to expire, leaving nine millions kids without healthcare. And in sports news, NFL players continued to lock arms and/or kneel. JAY-Z rocked a Colin Kaepernick jersey in his SNL performance for the show’s season premiere. And at a golf tournament over the weekend, Donald Trump announced that he donated millions of his personal money to help with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Sorry! Got that wrong. Donald Trump dedicated the Presidents Cup golf trophy to the people of Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Lastly, meet the woman behind the curtain. Because The Beat DC is a digestible conversation with our readers, we want to be more connected with you. So you’ll be getting these emails directly from me from now on. In the words of Lionel Richie and Adele -- Hello! There’s a lot to get to this Monday morning. We’re kicking off the week with this...

  • Obama Foundation is looking for a diversity consultant.
  • San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz helps saves lives and claps back. Learn more about her.
  • The Blacksonian gets its own Forever stamp.
  • Latinas in the tech industry gather in San Francisco for inaugural summit.
  • Congressman Joaquín Castro (D-TX) says no to gubernatorial run.
  • Seattle Seahawks players launch equality and justice fund and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks out about players protests.
  • Michelle Obama rocks it with Bruno Mars.
  • Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY) calls out offensive stereotypes in new video game.
  • Barack Obama and Joe Biden make an appearance at the Invictus Games in London.
  • Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D-USVI) call for emergency hearing on federal response to Hurricane Maria.
  • Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and the #KeepYoMoney tax plan.
  • Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) wants U.S. out of Yemen.
  • Meet BET’s new Head of Programming.
  • Ursula Burns joins Uber ... but she’s walking into some drama.
  • Gizmodo Media names new Deputy Managing Editor.
  • Minority-owned tech company provides free phones to residents of Puerto Rico.
  • New York village changes Native American seal.
  • Thousands gathered in DC to march in support of Black women and racial equality.
  • A Sikh just became Canada's first non-White party leader. Read to the bottom.
  • JAY-Z and Fat Joe send planes to Puerto Rico. Read about it in blogs.
  • Join The Beat DC tomorrow for a meet-and-greet with the new Executive Director of Emily’s List! RSVP in FOMO.
Brenda Arredondo