Menéndez Lawyers Call for Mistrial, Duty Calls Barack Obama, and Julián Castro Gives First Stump Speech

Donald Trump’s former Campaign Manager Paul Manafort and a former business associate were ordered to surrender to federal authorities this morning. These are the first charges in a special counsel investigation into Russian links to the 2016 presidential campaign. All weekend, the president has been eagerly trying to change the narrative to focus on Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. But the effort will fail today, so expect to see the breaking news banner and Manafort across your TV and in your social media feeds today. Speaking of Russia collusion and social media -- Facebook, Twitter, and Google will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, and at separate House and Senate Intel hearings Wednesday, answering questions about Russian attempts to influence the election using their sites last year. Also, happening this week: open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act begins on Wednesday (prepare yourselves for some tweets from 45 slamming the law that he thrice failed to repeal). And Donald Trump heads to Asia on Friday, but first, he will reveal his pick to lead theFederal Reserve -- all the candidates are Republicans. Lastly, the weekend was lit. Hillary Clinton had a surprise 70th birthday party in DC and brought out the who’s who of the nation’s capital. And on Friday, JAY-Z kicked off his 4:44 tour in Anaheim, CA. Much of his latest work is about the power and urgency of Black economic self-sufficiency. He punctuated these thoughts throughout the concert, paying homage to Dick Gregory, talking about the NFL protests, and leaving the audience captivated by the motivation interstitials. Ok, we’ve got 444 things to tell you about today so let’s get started. We’re kicking off Monday with this...

  • Julián Castro continues to fuel speculation he’s running in 2020.
  • Gov. Ricardo Roselló kills Whitefish.
  • Jury duty calls Barack Obama, and he answers yes.
  • Lawyers for Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ) call for a mistrial.
  • UN Ambassador Nikki Haley says nope to Secretary of State rumors.
  • Hurricane Maria death count in Puerto Rico could be over 900.
  • Texas Members Sheila Jackson Lee (D) and Al Green (D) summon Houston Texans owner after “inmates” comment.
  • Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY) pushes for a Black Women’s Health Week.
  • Women of color running the show on the Small Business Committee.
  • Meet Uber’s new Chief Legal Officer and check out his connection to Barack Obama and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA).
  • “I Have a Dream” Foundation names a new President & CEO.
  • Islamic Relief USA picks from within to helm the organization.
  • Loretta Lynch honored by the Center for Reproductive Rights.
  • AKAs say don’t mess with one of our own.
  • The Grio has a new Chief.
  • Univisión moves two big shows to its news division.
  • Native American journo leaves University of ND over Standing Rock.
  • A phallic exposé in Florida among (former) friends running for office.
  • Former Congresswoman Corinne Brown could face many, many years in jail.
  • Immigrant communities could help decide outcome of VA gubernatorial race.
  • Judge tells military it can’t block the citizenship applications of immigrant recruits.
  • Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) wants DOJ to track missing and murdered Native American women.  
  • Trump administration will reportedly shrink the size of the Bears Ears monument.
Brenda Arredondo