Joaquín Castro Wanted for Governor, Kwame Kilpatrick Makes Plea, and Trevor Noah Extended

A day after his meeting with Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), Donald Trump resurrected his charge that the people who resisted neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville were as much to blame as the alt-right crowds who marched on the Virginia college town. So, wait. You mean to tell us that Senator Scott wasn’t able to enlighten the president in one meeting and lead him to an epiphany on race relations??! Bummer. He made the comments during yesterday’s ride on Air Force One while heading to Florida to tour the Hurricane Irma damage. According to a report from the WH press pool, while serving food, Trump complained that the plastic gloves were too small for him. So take that Marco Rubio! He’s got huge hands and a big ego. Oh, and a “good brain.” Talking about Hurricane Irma, Trump told reporters before heading to FL that, "I never even knew a Category Five existed." Please respect the presidency and no one utter the word idiot. Unless, of course, you’re the actual president talking to your Attorney General Jeff Sessions. True story. Trump called Sessions an idiot. To his face. In front of a room full of people. Maybe we’ll get more insight into Trump’s brain from Anthony Scaramucci, who will guest co-host The View next Friday. Meanwhile, across the pond, an explosion on a train leaving the Parsons Green station in southwest London is being treated as a terrorist incident. There are no fatalities. But it did get our own 45 tweeting about terrorism and obsessing over Barack Obama this morning. “We have made more progress in the last nine months against ISIS than the Obama Administration has made in 8 years. Must be proactive & nasty!,” he tweeted. This was just one of seven tweets in his Category Five Twitter storm this morning. Alrighty, time to get the weekend started. We’re kicking off this beautiful Friday with this:

  • Texas Dems are pressing for a Governor Joaquín Castro.
  • CBC members introduce legislation to help minority-owned banks.
  • Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) and Congressman Al Green (D-TX) intro resolution prohibiting pardons for presidents and family members.
  • Congress will finally honor Filipino World War II vets thanks to Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI).
  • Fake PAC scams Utahns with false plea from Congresswoman Mia Love (R-UT).
  • Diverse leaders named to Aspen Institute Economic Policy Institute.
  • Marijuana Policy Project brings on new Political Director.
  • Comedy Central extends Trevor Noah through 2022 or “or until Kim Jong Un annihilates us all, whichever one comes first.”
  • ESPN tried to sideline Jemele Hill.
  • Kwame Kilpatrick asks judge to throw out restitution tab.
  • Support for Senator Robert Menéndez(D-NJ) is slipping.
  • Republican Mayor of Miami hits admin on climate change.
  • Los mexicanos ven desfavorablemente a sus vecinos del norte.
  • U.S. limits visas for certain countries.
  • Perry Bacon notes Trump’s inability to tear down Barack Obama’s legacy. Check it out in Blogs.
Brenda Arredondo