Jimmy Gomez Names Chief of Staff, Cory Booker Fights Airlines Discrimination, and CBC Probes DeVos on HBCUs

Trump spent the past few hours on the global stage blaming the media, the intelligence community, and his favorite target -- Obama for ... pretty much everything. Maybe he’s nervous about the meeting with Putin tomorrow? Because he still refuses to acknowledge their interference in the 2016 elections. Who’s really to blame for it all? You guessed it. Barack Obama of course. Obsess much? But can we focus? Do we have a North Korea policy or not? Because Lil Kim aka Kim Jung-un is feeling veryfroggy these days. Are we ready to respond if he leaps? Skeptics say no. And China is giving Trump the Rob Kardashian treatment stepping out in the public eye with new baeRussia. Presidents Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, who both share a border with North Korea, issued a joint statement, articulating a common peace plan for the peninsula, and together condemning U.S. militarization in the region. Meanwhile, Trump is giving them both the breakup Twitter fingers, claiming he is sooo over China. He’s headed to Hamburg for the G20 Summit now and meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkelat noon. At 1:30P, Trump will attend the Northeast Asia Security Dinner with South Korean President Moon Jae-In and Japanese President Shinzo Abe. And guess who’s traveling with POTUS? Our favorite WaPo reporter Abby D. Phillip is covering the trip. Back in the homeland, Trump's pick to lead the FBI will head to Capitol Hill for his confirmation hearing next Wednesday. It’s a rainy day in the nation’s capital. Perfect day to enjoy the read.  So here’s what we’ve got for you today:

  • Congressman-elect Jimmy Gómez (D-CA) names a Chief of Staff.
  • Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) fights airline discrimination.
  • Take the Barack Obama Expressway to the South Side.
  • The National Organization for Women has elected new leadership, and a tribal citizen is one of them.
  • Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) offers admin advice on North Korea.
  • CHC Chair Michelle Luján Grisham (D-NM) speaks out against ICE targeting children and their families.
  • The CBC probes Ed Sec Betsy DeVos on HBCUs.
  • Speaking of HBCUs, there's an internship program on the Hill designed just for them.
  • Henry Louis Gates and 9th Wonder are coming to town. Want to chat with them? Join us at the March on Washington Film Festival. See below and in FOMO.
  • Black Enterprise names Cornell Belcher their 'Modern Man.'
  • NAACP breaks down the GOP healthcare legislation. 
  • Readers had questions for the NYTDean Baquet has answers. Well ... some.
  • We have a pic of Little Marco. #NoShade. Scroll to our throwback at the bottom.
Brenda Arredondo