Obama Heads to Brazil Tomorrow, Eric Holder Sues Georgia, and Pramila Jayapal Demands Dignity for Detained Immigrants

Trump’s five hours in Puerto Rico yesterday left us speechless. But, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz is never without words and lambasted the president’s behavior. “This terrible and abominable view of him throwing paper towels and throwing provisions at people, it does not embody the spirit of the American nation,” Cruz said. The White House is preparing to send a  $29 billion disaster aid package to Congress today that combines $16 billion to shore up the government-backed flood insurance program with almost $13 billion in new relief for hurricane victims. Meanwhile, Trump is headed to Vegas as we send this. And just two days after a white American gunman killed more than 58 people, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) said the country is “inundated with permissive laws”  like those in “sanctuary cities” where local law enforcement doesn’t enforce all federal immigration laws perpetuating the “cultural problem” behind mass shooting. Huh?? So people of color are still to blame? We can’t this morning. Anyway, in the White House version of The Apprentice, sources say Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was on the verge of resigning this past summer after Trump’s speech to the Boy Scouts. But VP Mike Pence coaxed him into staying. Apparently, Tillerson referred to 45 as a moron. Is that a step up or down from “dotard?” It’s a crisp autumn morning in the nation’s capital as we climb our way to a beautiful 80 degree day. We’re kicking off Wednesday with this…

  • Barack Obama’s 25th wedding anniversary message to Michelle Obama moves her, and the internet, to tears. Then, FLOTUS44 pulls it together and decries current political climate.
  • DNC chair Tom Pérez travels to rural Puerto Rico.
  • Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) want dignity for immigrants in detention centers.
  • Obama admin HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies at Senator Bob Menéndez's (D-NJ) corruption trial.
  • Randall Woodfin makes history in Birmingham, AL.
  • Find out what happened at Ursula Burns first Uber board meeting.
  • Pro sports team owners pumped millions into Trump campaign.
  • Mother of slain teen Jordan Davis is running for office.
  • Eric Holder’s group sues Georgia for gerrymandering.
  • UN Ambassador Nikki Haley reprimanded over Hatch Act violation.
  • WH extends POC education initiatives but doesn’t do much else.
  • Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) tell @Jack that Twitter must fight hate, racism, and bots.
  • Obama alumna named KPMG’s new General Counsel.
  • Harris Faulkner gets her own show on Fox News.
  • FCC Chair Ajit Pai proposes effort to help repair and restore communications in Puerto Rico.
  • Hurricane Maria's death toll grows.
Brenda Arredondo