Dick Parsons joins CBS Board & Telemundo launches new empowerment campaign.
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September 11, 2018
Bakari Sellers and Michael Steele Join Black PAC, Luis Gutiérrez Favorited to Run Chicago, and Native Americans Call for Yellowstone Name Changes
NEVER FORGET… Seventeen years ago today most of us were glued to our TV sets, stilled by shock and uncertainty as hijackers brought terrorism to America. I was a young Associate Producer running between the chaotic CNN newsroom and a disrupted Capitol Hill. Where were you that morning? STORMY… More than a million people are being urged to flee the shores of North and South Carolina as Hurricane Florence gains muscle over the Atlantic Ocean and barrels toward the coast. Authorities warned that the storm, now of Category 4 strength and with winds of 140 miles per hour, could make landfall Thursday night. BORDER BILLIONS… House Republicans will determine today whether to cancel votes this week due to the hurricane. There's also the looming threat of a government shutdown over $5 billion in funding for Donald Trump's border wall. BLACK TWITTER… From June to Labor Day, Donald Trump posted nearly 50 tweets focused on a Black person or Black Americans in general, with 20 of those tweets negative in tone. But nothing so far on fallen rapper Mac Miller, whom he used to tweet at all the time. OMAROSAShe released a new secret recording on Monday in which Donald Trump can be heard discussing Hillary Clinton and the Russia investigation. PETTY PRESSERThe White House touted some fuzzy math on Monday, aiming to take credit for the economy. They say it was just a coincidence the first press briefing in nearly three weeks came on the heels of former President Barack Obama reminding audiences on Friday, “this great economy started under me.” Even Fox News corrected Trump’s assertions. LA + DC = $$... People who work in the television, movie, and music industry in the Los Angeles metro area have given $2.4 million so far this election, with the vast majority going to support Democrats. That is the largest sum from these donors in 10 years, and it’s nearly $1 million more than they gave for the 2016 elections. MINORITY = WHITE MEN… That’s how it looks in the House Democratic candidate pool. Heading into the final primaries of 2018 this week, Dems have nominated at least 133 people of color and 180 female candidates in House primaries, which could herald a major shift in a majority-white, majority-male Congress. FEAR… It hits some after reading what a new Congress may look like. For others, it hits bookshelves today. We’re kicking off your Tuesday with this...
  • CBS names Dick Parsons to Board of Directors.
  • Deputy Chief of Staff to Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) leaves post.
  • Native Americans call for name changes at Yellowstone.
  • Will New Hampshire send its first Black representative to Congress?
  • A new report shows Latinos have been overlooked by the Smithsonian.
  • Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) calls on FCC Chair Ajit Pai to investigate Verizon.
  • Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) wants the U.S. to develop energy defense technology with Israel.
  • Snap exec leaves struggling company. Read to the bottom! 
Investigations Discovery’s María Elena Salinas posing for a feature in Miami Magazine.
University of Texas at Austin President Greg Fenves and Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX) at an alumni mixer on Capitol Hill last week.
Luis Gutiérrez Early Favorite in Chicago’s Mayor’s Race -- Will He Run?
Retiring Congressman Luis Gutié
rrez (D-IL) is not even in the race to run the city of Chicago but a new poll shows him as the top choice to succeed outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D). Gutiérrez initially said he was not interested in the post because he’s laser-focused on next year’s move to Puerto Rico, where he has a second home and where his parents were born, to work pro bono for an advocacy group helping to register and energize Hispanic voters ahead of the 2020 presidential election. “Everybody wants me to run,” Gutiérrez said to The Hill this month. “I’m not. I’m focused.” However, he later told The Chicago Sun-Times that he’s listening to voters and mulling it over. “I am not going to open up a campaign,” he said. “I am simply going to continue to talk.” The bipartisan firm Raba Research conducted the survey that found that among a field of six top contenders to replace Emanuel, 21% of Chicago voters favor Gutiérrez, making him the early favorite. Incidentally, his daughter is already on the ballot. Jessica Gutiérrez is running for Alderman against Emanuel loyalist Ald. Ariel Reboyras in the Northwest Side 30th Ward, which could make for awkward questions about her independence were they both to win. Chicago’s primary election for Mayor and Alderman is February 26th with a runoff on April 2nd. More here.
Mike Espy May Turn Blood Red Mississippi Blue -- At Least in the Senate Race
Mike Espy
, the former Congressman and Agriculture Secretary running for Senate in Mississippi, is now in a three-way battle in the state with the highest percentage of African American residents in the nation. Facing Republicans Cindy Hyde-Smith -- who was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant (R) to replace long-time Senator Thad Cochran, who resigned in March for health reasons -- and state Sen. Chris McDaniel, Espy is polling competitively at second place. The Washington Post breaks down the math that would deliver a victory for the Howard University grad. Assume that he wins 95% of the African American turnout; If that turnout is 33% of the total state turnout, as it was in 2016 when Hillary Clinton expended no resources on Mississippi, he needs 28% of the remaining vote. If African American turnout is 35% -- the African American portion of the state’s registered electorate -- he would need 26% of the other votes. If African American turnout mirrors the African American portion of the state’s population (37%), he needs to receive 24% of the remaining vote. If the African American turnout is 39% of the total, a surge in turnout similar to what occurred in the Alabama special Senate election won by Democrat Doug Jones, Espy will need just 22% of the remaining vote. The 64-year-old is endorsed by Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), his successor representing the Second Congressional District. However, Espy’s record is far more moderate in his politics. Espy won the National Rifle Association’s “silver rifle” award and even endorsed Republican Governor Haley Barbour for a second term over his Democratic challenger. Will this be enough for the blood red state to send a Dem to the Senate? Stay tuned. More here.

Mia Love’s Campaign Cops to Violating Campaign Finance Laws After FEC Inquiry 
Congresswoman Mia Love’s (R-UT)
re-election campaign admitted that they improperly raised money for a primary race that it knew was unlikely to take place. Her campaign’s lawyers, Timothy Kronquist and Michael Bayes, responded to an inquiry from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) after it scrutinized $1,153,624 Love raised and classified as primary election funds. In Utah, candidates are not allowed to raise such funds if they have no primary, according to the FEC. However, Love will refund less than a third of the money, $372,468, because her campaign says that the rest was raised before she officially secured her party's nomination at the state GOP convention in April. It is unclear if the FEC will accept Love's rationale for keeping the pre-convention donations or will say all the money will have to be refunded or redesignated. Some campaign finance experts have argued that the Congresswoman knew she would not face a primary even before the convention because no prospective challengers had stepped forward, and that she should return all of the funds. The news comes as the latest polls show Democrat Ben McAdams trailing Love, the party's only Black woman member on Capitol Hill, by only 3 percentage points -- 49% to 46%. We’ll keep you posted. More here.

Will New Hampshire Send Its First Black Representative to Congress?
Five Republicans are on today’s New Hampshire primary ballot, but the nomination battle is really a two-person contest between Eddie Edwards, who could make history as New Hampshire’s first Black member of Congress, and four-term state Sen. Andy Sanborn, who is a conservative with a libertarian streak. Edwards is a U.S. Navy veteran, a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA and a former police chief of a small town who also served as the state liquor commission’s Chief Law Enforcement officer. He is endorsed by Rudy Giuliani, who described Edwards as a “strong conservative who believes in low taxes and is a supporter of the ‘America First’ agenda of President Trump.” The race between Edwards and Sanborn has turned ugly with both candidates accusing each other of lying over past controversies. Edwards accused his rival of demonstrating “predatory behavior in our statehouse,” referencing Sanborn being accused of making crass comments to an intern. Sanborn repeatedly describes Edwards as a “government bureaucrat” and spotlighted Edwards’ time on a nonprofit board that funded Planned Parenthood. Levi Sanders, son of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), is one of the contenders on the Democratic side. The First District is one of 12 that are currently represented by a Democrat and backed Donald Trump in 2016. More here.

Congressman Rubén Kihuen (D-NV) at last week’s Military and Veterans Appreciation Day at Craig Ranch Regional Park in Las Vegas.
ABC’s John Quiñones on Sunday taking a selfie with What Would You Do? fans from Taiwan.
DNC Brings On Director of Voter Protection 
Rachana Desai Martin 
has joined the DNC as Director of Civic Engagement and Voter Protection. She ran the statewide voter protection program for Hillary for America in 2016 in Nevada and previously served as Senior Federal Policy Counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights. During the Obama administration,
Martin served in multiple roles at the Department of the Treasury, including as Counselor to the General Counsel, and at the Department of Veterans Affairs, as Special Assistant to the Secretary. Prior to her time in the Executive Branch, Martin was an advisor to former Senator Evan Bayh and a litigation associate at Eversheds Sutherland LLP. The University of South Carolina grad, who completed law school at Vanderbilt University, has played a very active role in numerous state and national political campaigns. “The 2018 midterm is going to be one of the most consequential of our lifetime, and I am proud to work with Democrats across the country to expand access to the ballot and ensure that every eligible person has the opportunity to vote,” Martin says. Her hire comes as multiple efforts across the country, both domestic and foreign, aim to disenfranchise voters. “I couldn’t be more excited to have Rachana joining our team at the DNC. The right to vote is sacred, but for years, Republicans have worked to make it harder for certain voters to participate, especially in communities of color,” DNC Chair Tom Pérez said to The Beat DC. “That’s why we’ve worked to build one of the most aggressive and robust voter protection and civic engagement operations in DNC history. With the energy, expertise, and experience Rachana brings to our team, Democrats are going to tear down barriers to the ballot and turn out the vote like never before.” More about Martin here.
Black PAC Adds New Board Members
The Black Economic Alliance, the new political organization launched by African American business executives, has expanded their board to include some additional political heavyweights. Among the new members are former RNC Chairman Michael Steele; Ron Kirk, the former U.S. Trade Representative; former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm; and Bakari Sellers, a former state representative in South Carolina and CNN commentator. The group’s current leaders include Charles Phillips, the CEO of software firm Infor and former President of Oracle; Marva Smalls, Global Head of Inclusion Strategy for Viacom; and Fred Terrell, a Senior Advisor at Credit Suisse. And Mellody Hobson, the President of Chicago-based investment firm Ariel Investments, donated $250,000 to the group in June, according to the PAC's Federal Election Commission filings. “This is an important moment in time because we recognize that b[l]ack Americans haven’t been able to participate as fully and as completely in the American Dream” as other groups said Tony Coles, who is Chairman and CEO of Yumanity Therapeutics, a Massachusetts-based biotech company. The alliance is endorsing a slate of candidates including Mike Espy, former Agriculture Secretary running for Senate in Mississippi; former Nevada Congressman Steven Horsford, who is running for his old Las Vegas House seat; and Texas Democrat Colin Allred, a lawyer and former Tennessee Titans linebacker hoping to oust 11-term Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX). The endorsements focus on competitive races playing out mostly in districts and states where the Black population is significant. More here.

Latino Victory Adds to Their Board
As it prepares for the final push ahead of the 2018 midterms, Nathalie Rayes has been appointed to the Latino Victory Fund Board of Directors. Rayes will guide the organization’s work to engage Latinos in the political process as candidates, as well as voters. Rayes is the VP of Public Affairs for Grupo Salinas in the U.S., a Mexican conglomerate with $6 billion in annual sales and 90,000 employees. She previously served as former Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn’s Deputy Chief of Staff, was Senior Policy Advisor to former LA Councilmember Mike Feuer, and was a Department of State Fellow at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. She also serves as a Presidential appointee to the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, as well as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Federation, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Voto Latino, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute. Rayes earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s from UCLA, is fluent in Spanish and English, and is proficient in conversational Arabic. “We look forward to working alongside Nathalie as we grow Latino political power,” said Latino Victory Board Chair Luis A. Miranda, Jr. “We are honored to have one of the brightest political minds in the national scene join our leadership team. Nathalie will be instrumental in guiding Latino Victory’s work to elect a record number of Latinos to public office this November." More here.

Birmingham, AL Mayor Randall Woodfin and The Daily Show’s Roy Wood Jr. over the weekend in downtown Birmingham.
Matter of Fact TV’s Soledad O’Brien backstage at the Miss America pageant on Sunday where she was a judge.
CBS Names Dick Parsons to Board
CBS Corp. has installed executive Dick Parsons as one of six new Board members who will help oversee the media company as it transitions to new leadership. The announcement came simultaneously with the departure of CBS’ longtime leader, Leslie Moonves, who resigned as CEO amid allegations of sexual harassment. Parsons stabilized Time Warner after its disastrous merger with AOL and then went on to become Chairman of Citigroup Inc. The 70-year-old Albany Law School graduate had been slated to be named to the board at the company’s next shareholders’ meeting, which has been postponed a few times in recent weeks with CBS in the midst of investigating Moonves. Parsons is Co-Founder and Partner of Imagination Capital, a venture capital firm launched in November. He also has been a Senior Advisor for private equity firm Providence Equity Partners since 2009 and was interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team for a few months in 2014. The Brooklyn native played an important role in identifying the new slate of CBS Directors over the last few weeks, with input from National Amusements’ Shari Redstone. The goal was to strengthen CBS’ Board with independent directors with broad expertise. Other new Board members include attorney Candace Beinecke; Barbara Byrne, former Vice Chairwoman of Barclays; Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner; Susan Schuman, who has helped companies -- including Viacom and Oprah Winfrey Network -- chart new transformation strategies; and Strauss Zelnick is a veteran movie-and-music industry executive who has extended his expertise into video games. More here.

Latino Empowerment Campaign Launched By Telemundo 
Telemundo on Monday launched a nationwide Latino empowerment campaign, Somos El Futuro: The Future Is US. The new, multiplatform initiative will highlight the impact Latinos are having on America’s economic future, social attitudes, and cultural trends, while aiming to enhance the Hispanic community’s power through increased civic engagement. Telemundo accompanied the launch with a new report detailing how American Latinos are growing in numbers, expanding their impact and shaping the future of the U.S. Latinos are the driving force behind the population growth of the U.S., accounting for half the increase since 2000. At nearly 18% of the total American population, they are the youngest racial or ethnic group in the country. The report also highlights how Latinos in all 50 states are influencing every facet of American life -- as consumers, students, job creators, cultural influencers, and voters. “The Latino community is dynamic, diverse and on the rise,” said Ginette Magaña, Director of Corporate Affairs. “Telemundo recognizes that the U.S. Latino community is playing a major role in shaping the future of the nation we call home. This campaign celebrates the evolution of our American culture.” The campaign will feature a series of segments across network shows, and feature Telemundo’s talent, including TV icon Don Francisco and Noticias Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart. The network will also embark on a cross-country Community Empowerment Tour to inform and provide resources to consumers on opportunities to register to vote, and make stops in Phoenix, Houston, Orlando, among other key cities. Telemundo is partnering with national Hispanic-serving organizations Voto Latino, UnidosUS, Hispanic Federation, NALEO Educational Fund, and Mi Familia Vota for the new campaign. The new campaign is part of the network’s El Poder En Ti corporate social responsibility platform. More about the campaign here.
Veronica Chambers to Lead NYT’s Archival Storytelling Team
Veronica Chambers
is returning to The New York Times as an Editor for the archival storytelling team, a new initiative devoted to publishing articles based on photographs recently rediscovered as they digitize millions of images in the NYT archives. Chambers is currently the Principal and Founder of Lightbulb Ink, a creative consulting group. Prior to that, she served as the Deputy Editor for Brand Development at Hearst, where she was part of the executive team that led the relaunch of Good Housekeeping and its website. She has served in several senior editorial roles including General Editor at Newsweek, Executive Editor at Savoy Magazine, Features Director for Glamour Magazine, and a Contributing Editor for The Root.com. The bilingual storyteller, who is fluent in English and Spanish, is also an author; she recently created the anthology The Meaning of Michelle, a collection by 16 writers celebrating former First Lady Michelle Obama, edited the coming Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, and has written several books including Mama’s Girl. The Bard College at Simon's Rock graduate began her career as an Editor at The New York Times Magazine in 1993, where she was the first Black woman to hold that role. More here.
NLGJA Names First Black President
The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) has named Sharif Durhams as their new President, making him the first Black President of the 28-year-old organization. Durhams has been a member of NLGJA since 2000 and previously served as VP of Broadcast and Treasurer. He currently serves as the Senior Editor for News and Alerting for CNN Digital, where he oversees daily planning decisions for CNN's desktop homepage and mobile alerts. Prior to that, he was the Homepage Editor at The Washington Post. Durhams has also reported for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Charlotte Observer. The 1999 UNC-Chapel Hill graduate, who was also the first African American editor of the student paper The Daily Tar Heel, is also a member of the Online News Association and the National Association of Black Journalists. "My goal is to improve the diversity of this organization as well as it's outreach," said Durhams. “I've seen what newsrooms are like when I've been the only one who is Black or openly gay. I've seen what they're like when there's more diversity and people feel empowered. The story ideas are better and more nuanced. People contribute more to their work. The journalism that's produced better reflects reality and resonates with more people.” More here.
Native American activist and Honor the Earth Director Tara Houska in Minnesota last week.
Former WH advisor Omarosa and journalist Roland Martin on-set of his new show, Roland Martin Unfiltered, last week.
Native Americans Call for Name Changes at Yellowstone
Native Americans are proposing name changes at Yellowstone National Park. Last September, leaders from across North America gathered there and asked the federal government to change the name of Mount Doane to First Peoples Mountain. They also want to rename the iconic Hayden Valley. But earlier this year, Park County commissioners in Wyoming voted against changing Mount Doane and Hayden Valley. They said people there like the names. They're used to them. Ferdinand Hayden was one of the first surveyors of Yellowstone, and he compiled a geological survey that called for the extermination of American Indians. Army Lt. Gustavus Doane led U.S. troops who massacred nearly 200 Piikani people on a Montana river bank. Most were women, children, and the elderly. NPR reports that massacres like this were a major part of what some historians call a forgotten genocide during the colonization and settlement of the American West. The perpetrators of these massacres were sometimes honored with mountains, valleys, and towns. The board is still waiting on a recommendation from the National Park Service but said it could make a final decision on the Yellowstone landmarks as early as this fall. More here.
New Report Says Latinos Overlooked By Smithsonian
A new report from the UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center and the Latino Policy and Politics Initiative finds that the Smithsonian Institution failed to achieve most of the goals it set for itself nearly a quarter of a century ago to improve Latino representation in its workforce, leadership, and programming. The report, Invisible No More, shows that Latinos still remain largely excluded from participation in arts and cultural institutions that tell the American story. The findings details the ways in which the Smithsonian has overlooked Latinos in its executive ranks and budget priorities. It isn’t all bad news: the Smithsonian’s Latino workforce has grown from 2.7% in 1994 to 10.1% in 2018, though that lags behind their 17.8% share of the U.S. population. In terms of executive leadership, Latinos are severely underrepresented. No Latinos served on the Smithsonian’s Board of Regents -- the Institution’s main governing body -- before 1994, and only four have served since; there has been no Latino representation since 2016. The report included 10 recommendations for improvement, including the development of a Latino Museum on the National Mall. "The UCLA study has confirmed what we have argued for some time, the Willful Neglect report is a 24-year-old roadmap, and its most significant recommendations have been largely ignored. Chief among those recommendations is the need to create a Smithsonian American Latino Museum as the only way to truly address the gaps in our American history. [The report] comes at a time when misunderstandings and stereotypes about American Latinos are harming our community," said Estuardo Rodríguez, Executive Director of the Friends of the American Latino Museum. See the report here.

CNN’s Jim Acosta with a couple from Idaho at a Trump rally in Montana.
SCOTUS Justice Sonia Sotomayor last week getting ready to send out signed copies of her new book, The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor.
Kamala Harris Wants Ajit Pai to Investigate Verizon Over Reports of Company Limiting First Responder Data During California’s Largest Wildfire 
California Democratic Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein want the telecom industry and the FCC to provide information on the how the industry handles data plans for first responders. In a letter to FCC Chair Ajit Pai, the pair asked him to investigate Verizon's throttling of firefighters during the Mendocino Complex Fire -- California's largest-ever wildfire. “As you know, a key part of the FCC's work is to ensure that Internet service providers such as Verizon are transparent about the terms of the services they provide to customers," Feinstein and Harris wrote. "Communications between the [Santa Clara County fire] department and Verizon suggest that SCFD believed the data plan it purchased from Verizon was not subject to any data limits or throttling. We therefore ask the FCC to investigate whether Verizon violated [the transparency rule]." In a separate set of letters, they also called on Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile to guarantee service to first responders during emergencies and clarify policies regarding unlimited data plans. During the Mendocino Complex Fire, Verizon restricted data speeds for the Santa Clara Fire Department, despite the fact the department had purchased an unlimited data plan. More here.
Ted Lieu Intros Bill to Develop Energy Defense Tech with Israel
Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA)
introduced legislation on Thursday that, if passed, would permit the Department of Defense (DoD) to cooperate with Israel on developing anti-missile directed energy weapons. The DoD issued a report to Congress in 2017 on the merits of U.S.-Israel cooperation on directed energy, concluding that, “[t]he United States should pursue joint collaboration with Israel on directed energy capabilities.” The bipartisan bill, introduced with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY), follows that recommendation. The U.S.-Israel Directed Energy Cooperation Act authorizes the DoD to carry out bilateral cooperation with Israel to develop directed energy capabilities that address threats to both nations. “Directed energy technologies like high-powered lasers and microwaves will be game-changers for our national defense, drastically improving our ability to counter ballistic missiles and other major threats,” Lieu said. “The U.S. should be leveraging all available expertise to bring these tools to bear.” More here

José Serrano Leads Bipartisan Letter Requesting Aid in Puerto Rico After FEMA Scales Down Efforts
FEMA denied a request from Puerto Rico’s Governor to cover 100% of the cost of emergency work -- including power restoration, debris cleanup, and other recovery efforts. Instead, the federal agency said that going forward, it will cover 90% of those costs, while Puerto Rico's government will be responsible for the remaining 10%. FEMA estimates that share could cost the island's government about $100 million. The added burden on the local government is expected to hinder recovery efforts. While Governor Ricardo Rosselló has appealed the decision, it is not apparent that FEMA intends to reverse it. That uncertainty prompted Congressman José Serrano (D-NY) on Friday to lead a bipartisan letter asking the House Appropriations Committee to include language in any upcoming Continuing Resolution to extend FEMA cost share waivers in Puerto Rico to ensure that the federal government continues to cover the cost of all emergency activities in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. “In 2007, well after Hurricane Katrina, Congress used the appropriations process to extend cost share waivers for the Gulf Coast states, and we believe that the Congress should do the same in the aftermath of this tragedy,” the lawmakers wrote. Signatories on the letter include members Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR), Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), and Darren Soto (D-FL). More here.

WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, comedienne Kathy Griffin, and Capehart's husband, Nick Schmit, on Saturday at Griffin’s stand-up comedy show in DC.
Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (D-CA) participating in the United Service Organizations’ Care Package Assembly over the weekend to support America’s military spouses and families.
NCTA Adds Saul Hernández to Government Relations Team
Saul Hern
ndez will join NCTA -- The Internet & Television Association, as VP of Government Relations. Hernández is currently the Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC). In addition to directing the legislative and communications staffs, Hernández is responsible for telecommunications policy. The George Mason University graduate joined the Congressman’s office in 2004 and previously served as Butterfield’s Legislative Director and Legislative Assistant. The hire comes as the Federal Trade Commission this week launches a months-long series of hearings on antitrust and competition policy that could change how the government treats some tech companies in the digital age. It will be the latest spotlight on the hot-button issue of the disparate regulatory treatment of social media sites and ISPs. More here.
Snap’s Chief Strategy Officer Leaves Post
Imran Khan
, Snap's Chief Strategy Officer, has become the latest executive to leave the struggling company since its 2017 public offering. The firm, which owns Snapchat, has struggled to keep users following an unpopular redesign of its app. The 41-year-old plans to help with the transition and has not yet agreed on the date of his last day. A native of Bangladesh and graduate of the University of Denver, Khan began his career at a startup before moving to Wall Street, making his name at JPMorgan Chase as a leading internet research analyst. In 2011, he jumped to investment banking, joining Credit Suisse to strike deals for internet companies. There he helped the Alibaba Group, the Chinese e-commerce titan, go public in 2014 serving as one of Alibaba’s closest advisors. He shepherded the company through investor meetings on the path to what became a $25 billion initial public offering. Khan came to Snap in 2015, and his exit follows the departure of several executives in finance and sales in recent months. More here.

Today - Wednesday, September 12th: CHCI's Annual Leadership Conference. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, September 12th - Thursday, September 13th: National Congress of American Indians’ Tribal Unity Impact Days. 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building, DC. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, September 12th - Saturday, September 16th: Congressional Black Caucus Foundation 48th Annual Legislative Conference. Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Click here for more informationClick here for a 2018 Congressional Black Caucus ALC events directory
Thursday, September 13th, 11:30A: Walker’s Legacy and the African American Mayors Association host the 2018 Women in Business and Civic Leadership Awards. Honorees include Constance Logan, MI District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration; Inez Long, President/CEO of the Black Business Investment Fund, Inc.; and Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes, Interim Director of The Washington DC Department of Employment Services. The Hamilton Live, 600 14th Street, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, September 13th, 6P: “An Evening Reception in Washington D.C. with Stacey Abrams.” Event chaired by Toni Cook Bush & Dwight BushSharon Malone & Eric Holder, and Leslie & Spencer Overton, among others. DC. Address provided upon RSVP. Click here for more information
Thursday, September 13th: CHCI's 41st Annual Anniversary Awards Gala. Honoring Univisión’s Jorge Ramos, education activist Anna Michele Bobadilla, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion for Comcast Corporation Juan Otero, and Chief of Staff to Congressman Jimmy Gómez (D-CA) Bertha Alisia Guerrero. Marriott Marquis Washington, DC. 901 Massachusetts Avenue N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Friday, September 14th: The Black Women's Agenda, Inc.’s 41st Annual Symposium Workshop & Awards Luncheon. Honorees include GA gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, NJ Lt. Gov. Sheila Y. Oliver, and AT&T Assistant VP of Public Affairs Tonya L. Lombard, among others. Marriott Marquis. 901 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., DC. Click here for more information
Friday, September 14th - Saturday, September 15th: 2018 Puerto Rican Diaspora Summit, a two-day conference that will provide a space for the discussion of policy issues and the articulation of community response from the perspective of Puerto Ricans in the National Capital region and other stakeholders. UDC School of Law. 4340 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., DC. Click here for more information
Saturday, September 15th, 6P: CBCF Phoenix Awards Dinner. Rev. Dr. William Barber II will keynote the event. Washington Convention Center, Hall D. 801 Mt. Vernon Place, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Monday, September 17th, 5:30P: The Creative Artists Agency hosts "Cocktails and Conversation," featuring Valerie Jarrett. Sofitel Lafayette Square, 806 15th Street, N.W., DC. Invite only. 
Wednesday, September 19th: "The Political LEAP: The Role of Women in 2018" a women empowerment luncheon focused on the role of women in politics, featuring Symone Sanders and Alencia Johnson. The Hamilton, 600 14th Street, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, September 20th, 7P: PEN America hosts Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist José Antonio Vargas in conversation with Latino USA’s María Hinojosa for the launch of Vargas’ new book, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen. The Great Hall, The Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, NYC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, September 20th: The She the People Summit, a national gathering of women of color transforming U.S. politics. Guest speakers include Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, Women’s March co-organizer Linda Sarsour, and Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza, among others. The Julia Morgan Ballroom, 465 California Street, San Francisco, CA. Click here for more information
Tuesday, September 25th - Wednesday, September 26th: National Action Network’s Annual Legislative and Policy Conference. Capitol Hill, DC. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, September 25th - Saturday, September 29th: NBMBAA 40th Annual Conference & Exposition. Detroit, MI. Click here for more information.
Friday, September 28th, 6P: MALDEF's 50th Anniversary San Antonio Gala featuring special guests, Antonia Hernández and Vilma Martínez, past MALDEF Presidents and General Counsels, and honoring former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, among others. The Westin Riverwalk, 420 W Market Street, San Antonio, TX. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, October 2nd: The Indian American Impact Project hosts Women Who Impact, an evening celebrating the Indian American women advocates, influencers, and power brokers. Featuring Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA)Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), DNC CEO Seema Nanda, and others. Covington & Burling LLP, 850 10th Street N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, October 4th: Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC hosts their 22nd annual American Courage Awards reception. JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, October 11th, 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.
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.
Sunday, October 28th - Tuesday, October 30thThe Atlantic, The Aspen Institute, and Bloomberg Philanthropies' CityLab 2018, convene 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. 
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