The Obamas Return to the Vineyard, Former Appointee Named CEO, Facebook Releases Diversity Numbers, and Van Jones Rises

Right now, 36% of the American electorate is driving this country’s policy. And the Trump administration is working very hard at keeping that very small fraction happy. We’ll get to the efforts to cut legal immigration in half and the exchange between WH Advisor Stephen Miller and CNN’s Jim Acosta below. But first, healthcare. If Trump cuts off the payments to insurers for the ACA's cost-sharing reductions, Axios reports that the next step is sure to be a lawsuit by Democratic attorneys general. And we have an update on the other group Donald Trump appears to want to please. He tweeted this AM, “Our relationship with Russia is at an all-time & very dangerous  low. You can thank Congress, the same people that can't even give us HCare!” This after finally signed legislation imposing more sanctions on Russia but said it included “clearly unconstitutional provisions,” leaving open the possibility that he might not enforce all of its measures. The WH opted to keep this signing off camera. But in January 2015, 45 was eager to be on camera. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Trump had signed on to play the president in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Is this true? Oh hell yes! The President of the United States was going to play the same role in a cheezy flick. Feels like we’re all supporting characters in one big dramedy some days. One more day until the weekend. Let’s get it started:

  • The Obamas plan to chill in Chilmark.
  • About that litmus test -- DCCC’s Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) touts street cred on choice.
  • CNN commentator Van Jones kicks off the “We Rise” tour.
  • There are 1.3 million people of color with a net worth north of $1 million. Want to know how to tap into these valuable donors of color? Read on.
  • New policy aims for huddled masses to speak English before coming to America.
  • Advertising giant Grey Group names new African American CEO.
  • Asian American journalists gets “Under Our Skin.”
  • Nissan employees in Mississippi vote today on whether to unionize and race is a central issue.
  • Facebook releases diversity numbers -- see how many faces in their book look like yours.
  • Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC) asks WH what’s up with that HBCU initiative?
  • Latina Magazine falls deeper in the red.
  • Teach Plus names Latino President & CEO
  • The Harvard Business Review looks at diversity training.
  • A Tennessee Titan shows the Obamas some love.
  • Trevor Noah says Donald Trump is everything America thought the first Black president would be. Check it out below in blogs.
Brenda Arredondo