Cory Booker Under Attack, Two Chiefs of Staff of Color Leave the Hill, and Menéndez Trial Gets Fiery Start

The mass exodus in South Florida is well underway as Hurricane Irma is barreling towards the state. And where will she touch down? Right at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago. Anybody at the WH want to talk climate change? They will have a small crowd.Staff at the EPA has shrunk to an all- time low. But back to the other storm -- this administration. Donald Trump once again bypassed members of his own party on Wednesday and reached an agreement with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to increase the debt limit and finance the government until mid-December. Let this be another reminder to Republicans that they did not win the election -- Donald Trump did. Feeling great again yet? Yeah, well, neither are Dems who feel this deal strips away any leverage they had on pushing Congress to act on DACA. Who was there to witness it all? First Daughter, and apparently, interloper Ivanka Trump. According to reports, the GOPers in the room were visibly irritated by her presence. Of course, House Majority Leader Paul Ryan (R-WI) says nuh-uh. He’s having dinner with Trump tonight. Meanwhile, Don Jr. heads to the Hill today for a closed-door interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee about his controversial meeting with a Russian lawyer last year. In 22 years, when Kanyebecomes president, and Kim tours disaster areas in stilettos, and little North Westwalks into Oval Office meetings, and Saint West is testifying on the Hill, and little TBD baby no. 3 is ignored, can somebody remind us to do a #ThrowbackThursday post on this very moment? That’s all. Here’s what we’ve got today:

  • First 2020 attack ad targets Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ).
  • 15 state and DC AGs file DACA lawsuit against the administration.
  • Former AG Eric Holder says AG Sessions deeply misunderstands DACA.
  • Trial for Senator Robert Menéndez (D-NJ) gets off to a fiery start.
  • GOP supports effort to name San Jose street after Barack Obama.
  • Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) back on the Hill after a medicalprocedure.
  • Meet Starbucks’ first African American female COO.
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi loses her Chief of Staff.
  • Senator John McCain (R-AZ) also bids adieu to his Chief of Staff.
  • Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) calm as Hurricane Irma hits U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Former hip hop artist outpaces opponent in funding for congressional race.
  • CBC opposes DOJ Civil Rights Division nominee.
  • Tribal Unity Impact days kick off next week.
  • Spelman College to begin accepting transgender students.
  • Harvard Law unveils a memorial honoring slaves owned by one of the school’s founders.
  • Texas voter ID law moving forward -- for now.
  • It’s Thursday! See who we’re throwing it back to today in pics.
  • Former First Lady Michelle Obama is speaking on Sunday. See where below in FOMO.
Brenda Arredondo