Obama Makes Commitment to Judge, Hamilton Heads to Puerto Rico, and Henry Louis Gates Welcomes New Board Members

Say it to my face! If China’s president were a tweeting man, that’s possibly what he could have said to Donald Trump. Because after years of attacking China, accusing them of cheating the U.S. economy, and describing them as America’s enemy,Trump’s Twitter fingers went limp. “I don’t blame China,” he said at a business event, where he was joined by Chinese President Xi Jinping. “After all, who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for the benefit of its citizens? I give China great credit.” Next up -- those bone spurs have apparently healed, so 45 is finally able to head to Vietnam today. Back in the homeland, the House Ways and Means Committee will vote on the GOP tax plan this afternoon, whileSenate Republicans plan to unveil their own version of the bill, which diverges sharply from the lower chamber. The nation’s capital should be quiet tomorrow as the federal government shuts down to pay homage to our men and women in uniform to celebrate Veterans Day. The Beat DC will be quiet too. We’ll be back on Monday. But don’t worry! We leave you with a lot today. If you don’t want to miss anything, pretend it’s a shot of tequila and read bottoms up! We’re kicking off a long weekend with this…

  • Barack Obama dismissed from jury duty but not before making a promise to the judge.
  • Dems threaten a shut down over DACA.
  • Chance the Rapper shows up at a Chicago City Council meeting opposing aRahm Emanuel plan.
  • Michelle Obama speaks at Dreamforce.
  • Trump reverses Barack Obama’s Cuba policy.
  • Congressmen Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) and Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) intro bill to waive cost-sharing to rebuild Puerto Rico.
  • See Minyon Moore’s advice to Donna Brazile.
  • It’s #TBT. We throw it back to this time last year. Sigh.
  • Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ) may face Senate Ethics Panel.
  • Meet the first Afro Latina to anchor major news broadcast.
  • Makan Delrahim is at the center of a controversial caveat in the AT&T/Time Warner merger. 
  • CNN en Español senior anchor steps down after more than two decades.
  • Yahoo! News has a new chief tech correspondent.
  • Teen Vogue sleeps just when they got woke.
  • Congressman Al Lawson (D-FL) gets a challenger.
  • AZ GOPer mulling congressional run while Indian American candidate jumps into another AZ Congressional race.
  • Latino Victory Fund not backing down from doing controversial political ads.
  • Members intro legislation to fight food deserts.
  • The Creative Thread Foundation announces its inaugural board -- see the impressive and diverse list.
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Seema Verma says states will be allowed to impose Medicaid work requirements.
  • Questlove talks hip hop's influence on the culture in a penned piece for the NYT. Check it out in blogs.
Brenda Arredondo