Michelle Obama Leads in 2020 Polls and Takes the Stage, CHC Iffy on Curbelo, and Menéndez Trial Concludes

Drum roll, please. We have big news. No, it’s not that House Republicans are finally releasing their long-awaited tax plan later this morning that doesn't change Obamacare's individual mandate. The plan does have a permanent corporate tax cut and is expected to collapse seven tax brackets into four, with the highest rate remaining at 39.6% and a new bottom rate of 12%. And no, the big news is not Donald Trump’s attempt to cancel the diversity visa lottery or his tweeting that the suspect in yesterday’s terror attack should get the death penalty. His claims about the country’s immigration process were riddled with falsehoods and sent sycophants into the echo chamber touting the same alternative facts. We won’t relitigate them here. We’d rather talk about how Latinas are among the most adversely affected by the gender pay gap, getting paid just 54 cents for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men. It’s #LatinaEqualPayDay today! But keep the drum roll going, please. We haven’t yet gotten to the big news. And no, it’s not the Houston Astros winning the World Series last night, resulting in shortstop Carlos Correa treating us all to a beautiful moment when he proposed to his girlfriend amidst cheering fans. Though we all needed a moment of love this week. The big news is this: Beyoncé! She is joining the new cast of The Lion King voicing Nala, the childhood friend-turned-love interest of Simba, voiced by Donald Glover. If you take a more “hakuna matata” approach to this news, have some Lemonade. The Beyhive is buzzing. We’re kicking off the second day of Native American Heritage Month with this...

  • Michelle Obama takes the stage at the inaugural summit and leads in 2020 polls.
  • Closing arguments today in Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ) trial.
  • Congressman Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) filing Trump impeachment docs.
  • Obama releases video urging ACA sign up.
  • CHC still unsure on Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL).
  • Former CBC ED launches firm.
  • Telemundo has a new talent recruiter.
  • Trump taps person of color for U.S. Attorney slot.
  • House Dems plan “solidarity” event today at U.S. Capitol in support of PR andthe USVI.
  • Lawmakers intro bipartisan bill on a legal permanent status for some TPS recipients.
  • Texas Democrats Congressmen Joaquín Castro and Beto O’Rourke want to #FreeRosa.
  • Women of color figure prominently in Forbes' annual list of powerful women.
  • There’s a dearth of Black writers on TV, and it shows.
  • American Airlines CEO meets with Tamika Mallory and NAACP PresidentDerrick Johnson.
  • NC educator wants to leave the classroom for the halls of Congress.
  • Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) talks corporate concentration and what that means for labor.
  • Members want answers on increased detention of pregnant immigrants.
  • Attorneys for former Congresswoman Corrine Brown file another motion to delay sentencing.
  • FL lawmakers want Sunshine State governor to extend SNAP hurricane exemptions.
  • DNC hit over hiring preference email sent by a staffer.
  • Rev. Al Sharpton kicks off the National Action Network Policy Conference today on Capitol Hill. Get details in FOMO.
Brenda Arredondo