Black voters held in Georgia & lawmkers press DOJ on Native American voters
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October 11, 2018
Bob Menéndez Probes Facebook, Michelle Obama Announces New Initiative, and Teen Vogue Names New Leader 
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STORMING OUT THE SUNSHINEHurricane Michael’s 200-mile-long trail of destruction in Florida on Wednesday leaves the Sunshine State facing a daunting recovery. After weakening overnight as it crossed Georgia, Michael is expected to gain speed and continue northeast across the Carolinas today. TAKING SHELTER IN PA… During Wednesday night’s hurricane, the president was holding a campaign rally in Pennsylvania, where he echoed many of the false assertions he’d written earlier in a misleading USA Today op-ed. POT MEET KETTLE… At Tuesday’s Iowa rally, the crowd broke into one of Trump’s favorite chants: “Lock her up! Lock her up!” The president soaked it in before assailing the Democrats for becoming “an angry left-wing mob.” BUT WE THOUGHT MEXICO WAS PAYING?! House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) plans to introduce legislation this week that will fully fund Trump's proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border -- with a whopping $23.4 billion price tag. Get ready for a holiday funding fight. A slice of the government runs out of money on December 7th. BE BETTER. THEN BE BEST… First Lady Melania Trump said victims who make accusations of sexual misconduct "need to have really hard evidence.” She also said she thinks she's "the most bullied person" in the world, based on what "people are saying" about her. Speaking of bullying… CREEP MOVETrump recently talked secretly with Jeff Sessions’ own Chief of Staff about replacing him as Attorney General. THE SUPREMES SPLIT… The newly reconstituted Supreme Court faced a dispute on Wednesday over a federal law that calls for immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally and have criminal records to be detained without bond pending deportation -- the Justices split along ideological lines with Brett Kavanaugh taking a hard anti-immigrant stance. JUDGMENTALRepublicans on Wednesday restarted the Senate Judiciary Committee’s push to confirm lower court judges with a hearing on a pair of nominees that Democrats staunchly opposed for their legal work on health care, LGBT rights, and other issues. $69 BILLION DRUG STORE PURCHASE… CVS’s $69 billion purchase of insurer Aetna Inc. -- the fifth-largest healthcare deal ever -- got conditional approval from the Department of Justice on Wednesday. DESIGNATED PRODUCERBarack Obama alum Kal Penn is set to co-write, executive produce, and star in a comedy series project for NBC. I AM YOUR KING NOW… Last week, T’Challa son of T’Chaka was elected leader of the Avengers by a unanimous vote. The Beat DC has been invited to the exclusive inauguration ceremony in Wakanda to Marvel at the new leader. Hence, we’re off tomorrow and back on Monday. Until then, we’re leaving you with all this...
  • FCC Chair Ajit Pai may face trouble post-November.
  • Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) intros a healthcare bill directed at seniors.
  • Deported parents are losing custody of their children.
  • Indian Child Welfare Act is struck down.
  • A group sues Harvard and NYU legal journals for discriminating against white men.
  • A Mitt Romney/Barack Obama/Marco Rubio alum just made a move. Read to the bottom!
  • Be sure to catch The Beat DC’s Tiffany D. Cross on MSNBC’s Live with David Gura on Saturday at 9A for the full hour.
Reverend Al Sharpton and actor Jeffrey Wright on Tuesday at the National Action Network’s Triumph Awards in DC.
Actress Ana Karina Manco, comedian George Harris, Investigation Discovery’s María Elena Salinas, and actor Alexis Valdés filming for the show George a la Carta last month in Miami.
Bob Menéndez Questions Facebook on Pursuing Customer’s Bank Data
Senators Bob Menéndez (D-NJ) 
and John Kennedy (R-LA), both members of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, sent a bipartisan letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, expressing their deep concerns regarding reports that the social media giant has been courting big banks, asking for detailed financial information about their customers. A report from The Wall Street Journal last month indicates that Facebook saw its Messenger platform as a siphon for the sensitive financial data of its users, information it would not otherwise have access to unless a customer interacted with, say, a banking institution over chat. According to the WSJ, not only did the banks find Facebook’s methods obtrusive, but the companies also pushed back against the social network and, in some cases, moved conversations off Messenger to avoid handing Facebook any sensitive data. Among the financial firms Facebook is said to have argued with about customer data are American Express, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo. “Data privacy and cybersecurity are more important than ever, and we believe that you owe it to the American people to properly secure the data you currently possess, before you obtain data from a third party,” the Senators wrote. “Less than a year after Americans learned that Cambridge Analytica, gained access to private information on more than 50 million Facebook users, we have concerns that you have not properly secured user data.” The Senators requested that Facebook respond by October 19th if they have entered into potential data-sharing deals with financial institutions and what additional data privacy measures they plan to implement before acquiring consumer banking data, if any, among other important questions. Read the full letter here.
Catherine Cortez Masto Presses DOJ to Protect Native American Voting
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)
and Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (D-NV) penned a letter to AG Jeff Sessions and Office of Tribal Justice Director Tracy Toulou to ask for their help in reducing barriers to voting by American Indians. In their letter, they say tribal communities face barriers in exercising the right to vote, including the lack of places to register, lack of access to early voting sites, and having to travel extensive distances to reach voting sites. “The marginalization of Native American involvement in the electoral process is not a novel issue ... We commend the Department’s prior efforts to protect the voting rights of Native Americans, and urge the Department to continue strengthening these rights by ensuring that Native Americans have equal opportunity to participate in the election process.” Their letter comes in the wake of a lawsuit against the Nevada Secretary of State's office that resulted in a court order to provide voting locations for certain tribes. And just this week, the Supreme Court denied a request from a group of Native American North Dakota residents who are challenging a new state law that requires voters to present identification that includes a current residential street address. Native American communities often lack residential street addresses because the postal service does not provide residential delivery in these rural Indian communities. Read the full letter from the lawmakers here

Ted Cruz Intros Bill to Let Seniors Use Private Health Care and Keep Their Social Security
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)
on Tuesday introduced legislation which would allow senior citizens to utilize private health insurance without losing their Social Security benefits. Under current law, if a senior opts out of Medicare Part A, he or she will lose Social Security benefits. The Retirement Freedom Act aims to reverse this. “For too long, Social Security has been wrongly tied to Medicare Part A enrollment,” Cruz said. “Seniors all across the country should be empowered with the freedom to choose a health insurance plan that fits their needs, without the fear of losing their Social Security benefits.” Democrats argue that lawmakers should focus on improving Medicare instead of finding ways for people to opt out. Moreover, some warned the GOP would ultimately seek to cut Social Security and Medicare to pay down the national debt, and pay for the president’s new round of tax cuts that passed in the House last month -- a charge Republicans have dismissed as scare tactics. Cruz’s bill has gotten support from the far-right wing of the party. More here.

CBS News’ Weijia Jiang on Tuesday flaunting her baby bump at a MAGA rally in Iowa.
Comedian Dave Chappelle speaking at Morgan State University’s homecoming last weekend in support of MD Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous.
FCC Chair Ajit Pai May Have to Answer for the Net Neutrality Repeal if Dems Take House
FCC Chair Ajit Pai may have reasons to be nervous should Democrats take control of the House after midterms. He would likely be summoned by new Democratic Committee chairs eager to exercise their subpoena powers. Politico reports that Democrats have demanded quarterly hearings to probe FCC activities, and Republicans said they were on board. However, Pai has avoided the regular visits to Capitol Hill on account of what Republicans describe as scheduling difficulties. Pai’s relationship with Democrats has been strained. In August, Pai’s office described a letter from a Democratic member inquiring about his White House contacts as “yet another absurd partisan attack from House Democrats.” Should Dems get the gavel, first on their list would likely be Pai’s repeal of the Obama-era net neutrality regulations which Democrats have bashed. "We're going to require a lot more transparency than we've had under Republicans for sure," said senior Energy and Commerce Committee member Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY). She said she expects "a lot more inquisitiveness about some of the unilateral decisions that he's made," singling out the net neutrality repeal in particular. Dems will also likely press Pai on the deregulation of the media marketplace. More here.
Darren Soto Asks SEC to Clarify Initial Coin Offerings
As digital tokens have increased in popularity, governments have struggled to regulate the alternative currencies. A bipartisan group of members has asked  Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton to clarify when initial coin offerings are considered securities sales. Congressman Darren Soto (D-FL) helped lead the bipartisan letter to Clayton, asking for the SEC to clarify the criteria they use to determine when offers and sales of digital tokens should be classified “investment contracts” and therefore securities, and to also clarify what makes an offer a non-security, and most likely a commodity. The lawmakers warn current uncertainty surrounding the treatment of offers and sales of digital tokens is “hindering innovation in the United States,” and will ultimately drive business elsewhere. "We believe the SEC could do more to clarify its position. Additionally, we are concerned about the use of enforcement actions alone to clarify policy and believe that formal guidance may be an appropriate approach to clearing up legal uncertainties which are causing the environment for the development of innovative technologies in the United States to be unnecessarily fraught." Soto was joined by Congressmen Warren Davidson (R-OH), Ted Budd (R-NC), and Tom Emmer (R-MN) in leading the letter. More here.

Michelle Obama Launches New Initiative
Former First Lady Michelle Obama appeared on NBC’s Today Show and announced a new initiative focused on girls and education: The Global Girls Alliance. “I made a commitment to girls around the world when I was in the White House that I would not walk away from this issue when I left. And this is my fulfillment of that promise through the Obama Foundation.” The Global Girls Alliance will work with more than 1,500 grassroots organizations across the globe. More than 98 million adolescent girls around the world are not in school for many reasons including scarce resources, early pregnancies, dangerous commutes, and threats of violence. “The stats show that when you educate a girl, you educate a family, a community, a country,” Obama said. “If we care about climate change, if we care about poverty, if we care about maternal child health, then we have to care about education.” The Alliance is partnering with Go Fund Me to create a new social fundraising platform where anyone, anywhere around the world can support girls in places like India, Guatemala, or Uganda. “Think about our daughters with all their promise with all they have in them. You know even now at this young age that there is something burning to get out. Well that is true for millions of girls around the country. And they are battling through misperceptions, violence, stigma to get their way into a classroom and many of them don’t have access to a classroom,” FLOTUS44 said. “We want to play a role in building an alliance of young people that are out there doing the work.” Obama says the people on the ground need to have links to resources, training, and technical support. The Alliance is going to provide that for them as well as a way for them to come together on a regular basis. NBC’s Savannah Guthrie asked Obama, yet again, if she will ever run for office. “As a woman you understand where your voice works best, where you want to operate. I’ve never wanted to be a politician. I want to serve. I want to do work. I want to be out there. But there are so many ways to make an impact. Politics is just not my thing,” she replied. The former First Lady also weighed in on the #MeToo movement. “I’m surprised at how much has changed but how much has not changed,” she said. “I think young women are tired of it. They’re tired of being undervalued, they're tired of being disregarded, they’re tired of their voices not being invested in and heard. And it’s not just around the world, that’s happening right here in this country.” Responding indirectly to those who have said it’s a dangerous time for men, she “trumped” the argument saying, “Change is not a direct smooth path. There's going to be bumps and resistance. There’s been a status quo in terms of the way women have been treated, what their expectations have been in this society. And that is changing. And there’s going to be a little upheaval, there’s going to be a little discomfort. It’s up to them women to say sorry. Sorry that you feel uncomfortable but I’m now paving the way for the next generation.” More on the Initiative here.
#MeToo Founder Tarana Burke and MoveOn’s Karine Jean-Pierre on Sunday after a panel at 92nd Street Y in NYC.
Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) with Manhattan Beach Councilwoman Amy Howorth receiving the Miracle Mile Democratic Club award last month in LA.
Teen Vogue Names New Editor-In-Chief
Condé Nast has named a former intern and assistant at Teen Vogue it’s new Editor-In-Chief. Lindsay Peoples Wagner is currently the Fashion Editor at New York Magazine and the Cut, and will take the reins of Teen Vogue on October 18th. The 28-year-old assumes the role last held by Elaine Welteroth, who left Condé Nast in January shortly after Teen Vogue ceased its print activities. In her new role, Peoples Wagner will oversee digital, social, video, and events including the Teen Vogue Summit. The talented writer is known for tackling race, culture, and politics through the lens of fashion and beauty in her work, highlighting the lack of diversity on the runway and in street style coverage, and covering fashion and style for a wide range of body types. Business of Fashion points out that her September 2018 article “Everywhere and Nowhere: What it’s really like to be black and work in fashion” was widely read in the industry and beyond. The 2012 Buena Vista University graduate began her career in the fashion closet at Amy Astley’s Teen Vogue, where she later returned as a fashion market assistant before working at Style.com. She later became a fashion freelancer for O Magazine. Peoples Wagner joins the publisher as it navigates the transition to digital media, which has put a serious dent in print advertising revenue. They suffered steep losses last year. The company hopes to return to profitability by 2020. Teen Vogue now attracts more than 5 million unique visitors per month. Last year, audiences were as high as 12.4 million. “Lindsay is a gifted talent who can equally inspire and challenge her audiences,” said Anna Wintour, Artistic Director of Condé Nast and Editor-In-Chief of Vogue, in a statement. “She brings a sophistication and fresh perspective to the cultural moments and social themes that activate our Teen Vogue readers and we are very excited to have her back at Condé Nast.” More here.
NYT Promotes Nakyung Han to Deputy Photo Editor
The New York Times has promoted Nakyung Han Deputy Photo Editor for features. In this newly created role, she will oversee features and business coverage, and lead the NYT's team of photo editors and photographers. The 1998 NYU graduate was most recently a Photo Editor for the paper, handling a mix of page one, climate, and other assignments. Han has been with the NYT since 2005. She has worked on several assignment desks during her tenure including city, science, metro, arts & leisure, and business. More here
CBS Newspath Adds Nikole Killion
Nikole Killion
is joining CBS Newspath as a Correspondent. Killion comes to CBS News from Hearst Television’s DC bureau, where she has been a Correspondent since 2007. During her tenure, she covered the 2008, 2012, and 2016 presidential campaigns, as well as the 2010 and 2014 midterm elections, among other stories. She previously served as an Anchor/Reporter at ABC 7/NewsChannel 8 in DC, and before that, was an Anchor at WHAG-TV in Maryland. Killion has also worked for NY1 News, WKYT-TV in Kentucky, and BET. The double Northwestern University graduate began her journalism career as an Assignment Editor and Field Producer at NBC News in NYC, and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and White House Correspondents' Association. More here.

WaPo Staffs Up Video and Photo Department
Natalia Jimenez-Stuard is joining The Washington Post as a National Photo Editor. She most recently served as Senior Photo Editor at NBC News, where she managed the NBC News Instagram account and was responsible for organizing visual coverage along with other illustrations. Prior to that, the Syracuse graduate spent five years at The Star-Ledger as their Photo Editor, where she organized visual content for the international news, business, and state sections. Born in London to Peruvian immigrants, the trilingual photojournalist is fluent in English, Spanish, and French. She starts her new role October 29th. Atthar Mirza will also join The Post as a Video Graphics Editor. He is currently an Animator and Video Journalist at The Wall Street Journal. Prior to that, Mirza was an Animation Fellow at The Atlantic, where he created virtual reality videos, worked on a magazine cover story about the Mona Lisa, and more. The 2017 University of Virginia graduate has additionally produced animations for Edovo, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Newseum, and more. He starts his new role on October 22nd. More here.

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Ariel Investments’ Mellody Hobson at age seven.
SCOTUS Justice Sonia Sotomayor at Blessed Sacrament School in NYC in the 1960’s.
Kamala Harris Makes First Pre-2020 Campaign Stop in South Carolina
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA)
is heading to South Carolina next week to campaign for Democrats in the early-voting state, which is also the first Southern state to hold a primary during election season. The potential 2020 contender will be making stops in Columbia and Greenville. The Democratic primary electorate in South Carolina is majority African American. With Black voters making up a key demographic, South Carolina’s presidential primary is a key test of whether Democratic candidates can appeal to African Americans. Many view the Senator’s trip as a strong indication that she is running for president. Harris appeared in Ohio over the weekend where she said that she will “seriously take a look at” 2020 after the November elections. She is expected to appear in Iowa later this month. Harris has helped raise or donate more than $6.5 million for Democratic candidates and causes across the country this year. Harris has made a name for herself on Capitol Hill as a distinguished member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, where her direct questioning style has stoked the ire of her Republican counterparts. On Wednesday, she questioned FBI Director Chris Wray on the bureau’s handling of the background investigation into then-Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh. Wray said he had been assured that the usual process was followed. Harris asked whether the FBI examined whether Kavanaugh may have misled Congress in his public testimony. “That’s not something I could discuss here,” Wray said. Harris said in a Senate floor speech last week that the probe was “not a search for the truth. This was not an investigation. This was an abdication of responsibility and duty.” More on her SC trip here.
Georgia GOP Holding 53,000 Voter Registrations of Predominately Black Voters
Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who is running a statistically tied race for Governor against Democrat Stacey Abrams, is holding approximately 53,000 voter registrations because of minor discrepancies such as missing hyphens in names. And about 70% of registrations being held hostage are from newly registered Black voters. According to records obtained by the AP, applications like those of Marsha Appling-Nunez are being flagged and held because of the state’s “exact match” policy. Under GA’s verification process, the information submitted on voter applications must precisely match information on file with the Georgia Department of Driver Services or the Social Security Administration. Abrams and voting rights advocacy groups say that Kemp and his office are suppressing voters to tilt the election, and that Black and minority voters are disproportionately affected by his policies. Kemp is in charge of elections and voter registration in Georgia. It’s unclear how many of these voters will be able to get on the rolls by Election Day. Georgia’s registration deadline was Tuesday. More here.
Judge Blocks Part of Missouri’s Voter ID Law
A Missouri judge on Tuesday ruled that state election authorities could no longer tell voters they are required to show a photo ID card in order to cast a ballot, blocking parts of Missouri’s voter identification law. The decision followed a lawsuit filed in June by Priorities USA -- where CNN commentator Symone Sanders serves as National Press Secretary -- which argued the law was unconstitutional. Just weeks before midterm elections, the ruling halts officials from spreading materials that say a photo ID card is required to vote without specifying other forms of identification that voters may also show. "No compelling state interest is served by misleading local election authorities and voters into believing a photo ID card is a requirement for voting," Cole County's Judge Richard Callahan wrote in his ruling. More here.
CA Democratic congressional candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar on Monday on the campaign trail.
Artist Questlove and Brooklyn Bugs chef Joseph Yoon at the EEEEEATSCON Food Festival last weekend in NYC.
Deported Parents Losing Custody of Their Children
Migrant children who were separated from their parents at the border are being adopted by families in the U.S. without the consent of their deported parents. The Associated Press went through court documents and immigration records which revealed several cases of children being permanently taken from their families after initial separations. The law says that when a parent is deported without their child, their child is not supposed to be allowed to be permanently adopted. However, holes in immigration laws are allowing state court judges to grant custody of some migrant children. The AP followed the story of one child, Alexa, who was separated from her mother, Araceli Ramos, for 15 months. After months of the mother being in detention and Alexa in foster care, the mother was deported. Araceli wanted her child back, and the foster family that Alexa was placed into allegedly ignored repeated requests to return the child. Months later, the foster parents were ordered to return Alexa, but they instead filed a lawsuit claiming that she would be abused if returned to El Salvador. A judge in Michigan then granted them guardianship. It took pressure from social media and the Salvadoran government for the pair to be reunited. The DOJ finally weighed in, saying that the foster parents “obtained their temporary guardianship order in violation of federal law.” The family’s attorney and the Michigan judge were also found to have violated federal law by not notifying Alexa or her mother about the guardianship proceedings. All of the cases the AP found began during the Obama administration. However, the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policies is making the issue more pertinent. More here.

Group Sues Harvard Law Review and NYU for Discriminating Against White Men
A group from Texas is suing the Harvard Law Review and New York University Law Review for discriminating against white men. They argue that the publications give preferential treatment to articles written by women and minorities and allege that they illegally use “race and sex preferences” to select its members. They’re essentially saying anybody who has been published in the Harvard Law Review, who is not a white man, was probably the beneficiary of preferential treatment. The group -- Faculty, Alumni, and Students Opposed to Racial Preferences -- is demanding that the Education Department immediately cut federal funding from both schools until the journals stop considering race or sex. Harvard’s law review selects 48 editors each year from its first-year class. Twenty are picked based solely on their scores on a writing competition, 10 are chosen by weighing a mix of grades and writing-competition scores, and 18 are offered membership “through a holistic but anonymous review” that considers “racial or ethnic identity, physical disability status, gender identity, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status,” according to the review’s website. NYU’s law review accepts 50 students, weighing scores in a writing competition and grades for 38 of them. Twelve students are selected by the Diversity Committee. Membership on the journals, which publish articles by top scholars, is a credential that can boost a student’s prospects for a prestigious judicial clerkship and a high-paying legal job. At top schools, working at the law journal is seen as an honor, and many alumni have gone on to prominent jobs in public service. Past editors of the Harvard Law Review include former President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and four current members of the U.S. Supreme Court. A federal judge in Boston is scheduled to hear testimony next week in a lawsuit driven by an anti-affirmative action advocate over claims that Harvard discriminated against Asian Americans in undergraduate admissions. The Justice Department is also probing bias in admissions at Harvard and Yale universities. More here.

Indian Child Welfare Act Struck Down
The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was dealt a striking blow last week -- a federal judge in Texas ruled the landmark legislation unconstitutional. According to the law, when a Native child is up for adoption, family members, other tribal members, and then other Native homes are to be prioritized for placement. Research shows that children have better outcomes when they are raised with family, extended family, or in their community over state child welfare systems and foster homes. But the Republican appointee, Judge Reed O'Connor, ruled the ICWA is a race-based law lacking a present-day articulation of its need. Citing a recent Supreme Court ruling on sports gambling, O’Connor also ruled that the ICWA unfairly expected states and tribes to enforce federal standards. The Cherokee Nation and three other tribal defendants have stated they will seek an immediate stay of the ruling and appeal O’Connor’s decision to the Fifth Circuit. “The Department of the Interior strongly opposes any diminishment of ICWA’s protections for Indian children, families, and tribes,” said Tara MacLean Sweeney, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the agency. “The Department will continue to work with tribes and states to implement ICWA moving forward.” More here.

Scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson with authors Erika Sánchez and Judy Blume on Tuesday at the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards in Chicago.
 National Federation of Filipino American Associations' Brendan Flores and RNC National Director for Asian American Pacific Engagement Adi Sathi at the NaFFAA’s Filipino American History Month Reception last week in DC.
Brunswick Group Adds Marco Rubio Campaign and Barack Obama Alum to its Roster
Campaign veteran Lanhee Chen is joining Brunswick Group as a Senior Counselor. The 40-year-old conservative prodigy holds several roles across government, academia, and the private sector. He is currently the Director of Domestic Policy Studies and a Lecturer in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University, an Operating Partner at New Road Capital Partners, a fellow at the Hoover Institution, and Counsel at the law firm Arent Fox LLP. Additionally, Chen is the Chair of the Board of Directors of El Camino Hospital in the Silicon Valley and a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Democracy Fund. Prior to that, he worked on several campaigns including as Health Policy Advisor for the Bush-Cheney 2004 reelection campaign, Domestic Policy Director for Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential campaign and Policy Director for the Romney-Ryan 2012 campaign, and as a Senior Advisor for the 2016 presidential campaign for Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). Chen was also appointed by former President Barack Obama in 2014 to serve on the bipartisan and independent Social Security Advisory Board, which advises the President, Congress, and the Social Security Administrator on Social Security policies. The son of Taiwanese immigrants is a four-time Harvard graduate -- earning his Bachelor’s, Master’s, Ph.D., and law degree -- and has contributed to CNN, Bloomberg, WSJ, and more. He's also launching a podcast on Ricochet called "Crossing Lines, with Lanhee Chen." More about him here.

BCW Global Brings Names a Managing Director
Terry Neal
has joined Burson Cohn & Wolfe as EVP and Managing Director for Public Affairs. He brings more than 20 years of experience to the role, having managed multi-platform campaigns for clients spanning the automotive, consultancy, energy, financial, and technology industries. Neal was most recently President of his own public relations firm, Neal Communication Strategies. Prior to that, he was a Principal at the now-dissolved Podesta Group, where he led the firm’s crisis communications and media relations practices. He has also held senior communications positions at Fannie Mae, Hill and Knowlton Strategies, CGI, LightSquared, and The Caraway Group. The 1989 University of Missouri at Columbia graduate began his career in media as a Reporter for The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, and the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. He will be based in DC in his new role. More here.
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Today, 8:30A: A congressional staff briefing on de-escalation, hosted by Black Women for Positive Change in collaboration with Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI). Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 2168, DC. Click here for more information.
Today, 5:30PA pre-birthday fundraiser with NY congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D)Provision No. 14, 2100 14th Street N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Today, 5:30P: The Hispanic Lobbyists Association hosts a happy hour honoring the Congressional Hispanic Association for 30 years of service. Senate Hart Office Building Room 902. DC. Click here for more information.
Today, 6P: The Muslim Public Affairs Council hosts the 2018 Empowering Voices Awards. Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Friday, October 12th, 6:30P: SCOTUS Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be in Chicago to discuss her new books, Turning Pages and The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor. Winter Garden and South Hall, 9th floor, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State Street. Chicago. Click here for more information
Tuesday, October 16th, 6P: “Keeping the Dream Alive: A Conversation with Julián Castro” hosted by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. Tishman Auditorium, Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South, NYC. Click here for more information.
Sunday, October 21st - Friday, October 26th: National Congress of American Indians’ 75th Annual Convention & Marketplace, “Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future.” Hyatt Regency Denver, 650 15th St., Denver, CO. Click here for more information.
Monday, October 22nd - Friday, November 2nd: The March on Washington Film Festival holds Legacy 21st: an online summit of arts & ideas 50 years after King. Click here for more information
Sunday, October 28th - Tuesday, October 30thThe Atlantic, The Aspen Institute, and Bloomberg Philanthropies' CityLab 2018, a summit to address the most urgent urban issues of our time. Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, 1114 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI. Click here for more information.
Thursday, November 15th - Friday, November 16th: Men of Color in Communications Business Summit, a two-day conference bringing together more than 300 men of color in marketing, advertising, media, PR, and the digital space. Speakers include Jeffrey Litvack, CEO, AdWeek; Rodney Williams, CEO, Belvedere Vodka; Jana Fleishman, EVP Strategic Marketing, Roc Nation (JAY-Z's Publicist); and many more. Bloomberg Corporate Headquarters, 731 Lexington Avenue, NYC. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, November 28th: The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute convenes a tech summit. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., DC. Click here for more information
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