Julián Castro Teams with USHCC, Barbara Lee Defines Woke, and Oprah Makes CBS Debut

Maria was upgraded to a Category 5 hurricane this morning and is headed toward the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico after inflicting widespread devastation in Dominica. Anybody want to talk climate change? From one storm to another. Former WH National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has gone from shouting “lock her up” to now begging, “brother can you spare a dime?” His siblings have set up a legal defense fund, citing the “enormous expense of attorneys’ fees.” Meanwhile, federal investigators allegedly secretly wiretapped former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort before and after the 2016 election. On Capitol Hill, the battle over healthcare has reignited with GOP Senators pushing for yes votes by the September 30th deadline. The same three Republicans who opposed it over the summer -- John McCain (AZ)Susan Collins (ME), and Lisa Murkowski (AK) -- have yet to commit to voting for the latest repeal bill. Now to NYC. Remember the stern warning your mom would give you before leaving the house about being on your best behavior? Well, we imagine that was WH Chief of Staff John Kelly’s role this morning. Donald Trump will address the U.N. General Assembly at 10:30 and is expected to demand more action against Iran and North Korea. He warmed the crowd with some democratic charm yesterday. He hosted a working dinner with President Michel Temer of Brazil, President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama, and Vice President Gabriela Michetti of Argentina. He then met with France President Emmanuel Macronand discussed Iran, the environment (awkward #ParisClimateAccord), and ISIS. Trump also said that his Bastille Day visit to Paris made him want to stage a Fourth of July military parade. That was day one. Let’s see what day two brings. We’re kicking off Tuesday with this:

  • Slow trial for Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ) could mean good news for Democrats.
  • Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA) meets with South Korean President.
  • HBCU Caucus chair invites WH Initiative on HBCUs ED for a chat.
  • Scottie Nell Hughes accuses Charles Payne of rape and sues Fox News.
  • WH POC education initiatives dormant since January.
  • Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) defines being “woke.”
  • Oprah to make her 60 Minutes debut.
  • The Roots names new Editor-In-Chief.
  • Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) talks bail reform.
  • In time for Hispanic Heritage Month, check out NBC News’ list of 20 Latino achievers.
  • The Root releases its list of 100 Black influencers.
  • Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro joins USHCC in Dallas next month.
  • Trump administration faces growing number of DACA lawsuits.
  • “DREAMers” drown out House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at San Francisco presser.
  • DACA recipients in Rhode Island get welcome news.
  • Ellen Pao keeps pushing for women’s equality in tech and beyond.
  • AL Senate candidate Roy Moore refers to Native Americans and Asian Americans as “reds and yellows.”
  • The National Black Justice Coalition hosts a welcome reception in VA for new EDDavid Johns featuring Susan L. Taylor. Want to go? RSVP below in FOMO.
Brenda Arredondo