Elijah Cummings Goes HAM on Kellyanne Conway and Admin, Barack Obama Headlines Hurricane Relief Concert, and Curbelo Wants to Ban Device Used by Vegas Shooter

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held a press conference yesterday to laud praise on Donald Trump while not directly refuting that he once called the president a moron. A “f-----g moron,” to be exact, according to NBC News, which is not retracting their reporting (though State denies it). Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), perhaps feeling a bit emboldened by his pending retirement, said Tillerson is one of the people separating the country from chaos. Yes, there’s chaos in the world. But we don’t think that was the chaos he was referencing. Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA) announced Wednesday that he’ll retire at the end of his term, after allegations that the anti-abortion, married lawmaker asked his mistress to terminate a pregnancy. And breathe deep … while you can. According to an EPA document, the Trump administration will repeal the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of former President Barack Obama’s effort to fight climate change, and one that Trump has called “stupid.” I hear the echoing words of Rex Tillerson in the background. In Vegas, few clues are emerging from the investigation into the elusive gunman’s motives. And as for the GOP members extending thoughts and prayers, Questlove has been responding on Twitter with the amount of money the lawmakers received from the NRA. Members of Congress are going hard this week. So let’s get to it. We’re kicking off Thursday with this...

  • Barack Obama to headline a hurricane relief concert in Texas.
  • Congressmen Rubén Gallego (D-AZ) and Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) blast Trump for behavior and comments in Puerto Rico.
  • Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) wants Kellyanne Conway to bring receipts from private plane jaunts. But that's not all. Read on.
  • Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) is all about Game of Thrones and Prince.  Meet my new best friend below.
  • Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) wants to break the banks.
  • FCC approves funds to help fix communications networks in PR and the USVI.
  • Ford Foundation announces a diverse group of Art of Change Fellows. And they are all so dope.
  • Black-owned media company behind Fences get $150 million in funding.
  • Indian Country Today Media Network gets a major lifeline.
  • Budgets proposed by CBC Chair Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) and Progressive Caucus Chair Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-LA) nixed by the House.
  • Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) wants to ban “bump stocks.”
  • The Beat DC’s Patricia Guadalupe is tracking DACA. She looks at what CHC members are doing in advance of today’s deadline, below.
  • House Dems’ Rebuilding Task Force wants focus on infrastructure.
  • New data shows wealth among whites far greater Blacks and Hispanics.
  • Latino high school dropout rate at new low while college enrollment is at a new high.
  • If you don’t have plans tonight, you do now! From a Puerto Rico/Mexico fundraiser to the Asian Americans Advancing Justice American Courage Awards, FOMO has you covered.
Brenda Arredondo