Michelle Obama Aide Runs for Governor, Ted Lieu and His Zero Chill, and Meet the Black General on the Front Lines of North Korea

Pyongyang is responding to Trump’s improvised threat of “fire and fury” by drawing upplans to launch four missiles into waters near the U.S. territory of Guam within days, according to North Korea’s official news agency. Ummm … when is it time to panic? Reports say WH aides were caught off guard by the president’s rhetoric, which deviates from the usual tradition of carefully calibrated warnings. As a result, the president has taken a vow of silence on Twitter so he can get up to speed on global diplomacy ASAP and start streamlining his communications with his team restoring credibility to the White House. HA! Just kidding. You guys know better than that. This morning, those Twitter fingers were hard at work hurling insults. This morning’s target?Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). “Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn't get it done. Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!,”the president tweeted. That was followed up by a retweet of an unreputable poll that says Trump is a better president than Obama. 45 should go on tour with Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock. He is pure comedy. But … seriously. There are some protocols before this guy can just hit that red button right? Right?? Oh, and how about the F.B.I. searched the home of Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, for tax documents and foreign banking records last month?Special Counsel Robert Mueller is pressing forward and this definitely sends a message that he will not be distracted by cyberbullies. It’s a beautiful day in the nation’s capital. We’re kicking off Thursday with this:

  • Meet the Black general on the front lines of North Korea.
  • Obama and Clinton alumni head to the Harvard Kennedy School.
  • Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) is the @nti-Trump on Twitter.
  • Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) calls out Trump on deafening silence over mosque bombing.
  • It's Thursday! See who we're throwing it back to in #TBT below. 
  • HUD Sec Dr. Ben Carson pledges to help displaced residents in Illinois town.
  • Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) has a plan to expand the social safety net.
  • A look at CA Congressman Jimmy Gómez’s first month in Congress.
  • FLOTUS44 alumna running for MD governor.
  • UFCW names Legislative Director.
  • Bipartisan HBCU Caucus wants to work with CEO Action.
  • Texas lawsuit over Austin “sanctuary city” thrown out -- for now.
  • Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ) fraud and bribery trial set to begin September 6th.
  • Office of Congressional Ethics releases reports in Conyers and Lewis probes.
  • Trump supporters Diamond and Silk paid to go to the sunken place.
  • JPMorgan Chase CEO says they’ve done well on Black diversity. The receipts say nope.
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has a new president -- will diversity remain a priority?
  • Seriously -- can the Obama daughters live? Check out the article below in blogs.
  • Netroots Nation and NABJ kick off today. There’s also rooftop pool party tonight in the nation’s capital. But you’ve got to be on the list to attend. See all of this below in FOMO.
Brenda Arredondo