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March 23, 2018
Marco Rubio Intros Gun Bills, Michelle Obama Heads to US of Women, and Kamala Harris Gets HBCUs Funding
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Just moments before we hit send, Donald Trump threatened to veto the omnibus spending bill. His reasoning, stated via Twitter, is “based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in the Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded.” Lawmakers were due to be out for a two-week recess after both chambers passed the massive $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package to fund the government through September, but with POTUS45 throwing a wrench in the plans, who knows. We’ll be tracking! Last night, former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal detailed her alleged affair with the president in a nearly two-hour interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, and that was not the biggest news of the day. Trump replaced Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster with John Bolton, a hard-line former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, as his third National Security Advisor. We don’t have time to recount all the things Bolton has said over the years, but this shake-up creates one of the most hawkish national security teams of any White House in recent history. Still, there was more news on Thursday. Try and keep up. John Dowd, the lead attorney on Trump’s personal legal team, resigned yesterday -- a possible signal that the president wants to pursue a harder line in confronting Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Sigh. Remember slow news days? Those were good times. Speaking of good times, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) battled Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) in a duel on Capitol Hill Wednesday. A snowball duel. Who won? Tough call. You decide. And while the nation’s capital braced for the snowstorm on Tuesday night, Michelle Obama opted for warmer times and hit Seaspice in Miami for a ladies night out with Valerie Jarrett, Debra Lee, and Tracy Mourning. Back in the Beltway, more than 500,000 participants are expected in DC tomorrow to participate in the March for Our Lives. Join me! I’ll be live on MSNBC with Joy Reid discussing the activism. In Sacramento yesterday, protesters descended on City Hall, shut down Interstate 5 during rush hour and surrounded Golden 1 Center, blocking most ticket holders from entering the arena for a Sacramento Kings game following the fatal shooting of an unarmed Black man, Stephon Clark. Lastly, the QOTD comes from Brian Kemp, Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State, caught on tape issuing a warning about people of color voting: “Registering all these minority voters that are out there and others just sitting on the sidelines, if they can do that they win these elections in November.” We’re chock full of info today! Don’t want to miss anything? Find your inner Drake, and start from the bottom. Huh? I used that one before? Big deal. You guys try being informative and witty every day. It’s hard! We’re kicking off the weekend with this...
  • Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) intros two gun violence bills.
  • Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Doug Jones (D-AL) secure more funding for HBCUs.
  • Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Bob Menéndez (D-NJ) team up to stop citizenship question from being included in 2020 Census.
  • Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) wants more answers from HUD Secretary Ben Carson on that $31k dining table.
  • House Ethics Committee finds Illinois Democratic Congressmen Luis Gutiérrez and Bobby Rush violated rules.
  • Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) wants Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to testify.
  • Judge scraps restraining order against Congresswoman Michelle Luján Grisham’s (D-NM) former intern.  
  • Former First Lady Michelle Obama to join the United State of Women.
  • Former AG Eric Holder wins one against WI Governor Scott Walker.
  • DCCC adds more candidates of color to initiative seeking to flip the House.
  • UnidosUS launches new voter registration campaign targeting Latino youth.
  • SiriusXM unveils the voter registration campaign Urban View Vote focusing on the African American community.
  • Meet the new Reporter at PBS NewsHour.
  • Women Impacting Public Policy has a new president.
  • RUN-D.M.C. joins National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress. See who else made the cut! Read to the bottom!
  • Some in the Native American community are questioning the bona fides of a Trump appointee.
  • SCOTUS Justice Sonia Sotomayor shaded by fellow Justice for visiting a website.
  • Obama alumna heads to Pandora.
  • Comedian-turned-entrepreneur Byron Allen buys The Weather Channel.
  • WaPo’s Robin Givhan booted from a conference for writing about a Michelle Obama chat.
  • Don’t miss The Beat DC’s Tiffany D. Cross on MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber today at 6P and on AM Joy with Joy Reid on Saturday at 10A and again at 5P as she joins the table to discuss the March for Our Lives!
Outgoing Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards with Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA).
Congresswoman Norma Torres (D-CA) with her Legislative Director Justin Vogt on Wednesday enjoying a warm cup of coffee in snowy DC.
Rubio Intros Two Gun Violence Bills
Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL)
, Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Jack Reed (D-RI) yesterday introduced the Extreme Risk Protection Order and Violence Prevention Act, which will encourage states to give law enforcement the authority to prevent individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others the ability to purchase or possess firearms, while still providing due process protections. “I think, among the things that we could do after Parkland, one of the most effective is a gun violence restraining order,” said Rubio in a video statement. “Basically the police or a family member who thinks someone is dangerous can go to court. They can get a court order, and they can take that person’s guns away and keep them from buying new ones. Florida has already passed it.” Rubio also introduced the Asserting Basic Common-sense Coordination in School Discipline Act, which will prevent federal funds from being used to establish school discipline policies that intentionally discourage schools from reporting certain dangerous student behavior to local law enforcement. “[B]y the fall of 2016, school officials and law enforcement knew Cruz was a serious danger, yet law enforcement never arrested him nor was he reported to law enforcement by the school. ... This commonsense bill will ensure school discipline policies do not intentionally discourage schools from working with law enforcement,” said Rubio. More here.
Tim Scott Presses Ben Carson on More Answers About that $31K Dining Set
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)
is not satisfied with HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s answers over that $31,000 dining table for his office. In a letter sent to Carson on Wednesday, the Senator demanded more answers about the tab and item bought. This marks the first time Scott has squared off so forcefully with a member of Donald Trump's Cabinet. Scott's letter was sent a day after Carson faced a House Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday where he was asked about the furniture. When pressed about the purchase, Carson said, "I left it with my wife to help choose something." Carson also said in the hearing, "I can tell you what I did. I do not intend to be responsible for what anyone else said." Scott pushed back on Carson's comment in the letter, writing, "To me, that is the definition of the buck stopping somewhere else." Scott followed that with a series of questions in the letter. He asked Carson to provide answers about who was involved with the furniture's purchase and whether the furniture order had actually been rescinded. He also asked Carson if he had any proof that the old set had "safety issues," as Carson told lawmakers. Carson did eventually take responsibility for the purchase. He was also admonished by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) during his testimony Thursday before the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. “Mr. Secretary, a lot of people are criticizing you for spending tens of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money on fancy furniture, and, don’t get me wrong, I think scamming the taxpayers is a scandal,” Warren said after a fiery line of questioning. “But the biggest scandal of your tenure is your unwillingness to do your job and enforce the laws that reduce housing discrimination and segregation across this country.” Read Scott's full letter here.

Kamala Harris and Doug Jones Secure More Federal Dollars for HBCUs
Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Doug Jones (D-AL) announced on Thursday that HBCUs will receive a 14% increase in federal funding in the Senate’s omnibus spending bill, increasing federal support from $244.7 million in 2017 to $279.6 million in 2018. The funding increase follows a request made by Harris and Jones last month in a letter to the leadership of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. “HBCUs are critical to the foundation of our higher education system, and provide opportunities for some of the nation’s most promising and deserving students," said Harris, a graduate of Howard University. “I am pleased funds in this bipartisan budget agreement will be invested in the future of these young people. Ensuring HBCUs have the federal support and resources they need to thrive for generations to come is one of my top priorities as a proud HBCU graduate.” In addition to the increased funding for HBCUs, historically Black graduate institutions will also receive a 14% funding increase, from $63.3 million to $72.3 million. Predominantly Black Institutions will receive a boost from $9.9 million to $11.4 million. More here.
Ohio Democratic Congresswomen Joyce Beatty and Marcia Fudge with fellow Buckeye Senator Sherrod Brown (D) earlier in the month celebrating Delta Days on the Hill. 
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms with Starbucks COO Rosalind Brewer at the 2018 Starbucks shareholder meeting Thursday in Seattle.
Cory Booker, Mazie Hirono, and Bob Menéndez, Team Up to Prevent Immigration Question on Census
The DOJ had urged the Census Bureau to include a citizenship question on the upcoming Census, claiming it was critical to enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. But the move will likely depress participation among immigrant households. Hence, Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Bob Menéndez (D-NJ) on Thursday introduced the Every Person Counts Act of 2018 that would prohibit the Census Bureau from asking a question on citizenship or immigration status. “Census data is utilized to make critical decisions for the entire federal government and adding this question would have a devastating impact on minority participation and future funding for programs that impact the most needy communities,” said Hirono. According to the reports, the request to include the question was drafted by a Trump political appointee who has worked on behalf of Republican redistricting efforts. And just this week, news reports revealed Trump campaign officials have used the president’s push for the controversial, anti-immigrant proposal to raise money for his re-election. “It’s incredible that we even have to consider legislation to prevent this administration from politicizing the census with his anti-immigrant sentiments and polluting the redistricting process to bend it towards his party,” Menéndez said. “This bill ensures that we will meet our Constitutional Census obligations and bars cynical efforts to keep immigrants undercounted and underrepresented in our society,” added Booker. More here.
Committee Finds Bobby Rush and Luis Gutiérrez Violated Ethics
The House Ethics Committee on Thursday found that Illinois Democratic Congressmen Luis Gutiérrez and Bobby Rush had violated House rules regarding funds and ordered them to repay the U.S. Treasury. Gutiérrez must pay $9,700 for an “inadvertent” misuse of funds. Between 2003 to 2013, Gutiérrez had hired his former Chief of Staff, Doug Scofield, and his firm to advise his congressional office. The major question was whether Scofield, a consultant, was acting in some circumstances as official staff. The panel found “no reason to believe” the Congressman “or his office intentionally misused” government funds. In Rush’s case, he must pay $13,310 for taking an “impermissible gift” of free office space. The Rush case stemmed from a 2013 Chicago Sun-Times/Better Government Association investigation of, among other matters, free office in the Lake Meadows Shopping Center. The Ethics Committee slammed Rush “for his significant, though unintentional violation of the Gift Rule.” One item of note: the Ethics Committee will allow Rush to be repaid by his campaign committee for any personal cost, so the Congressman won’t pay for the violation out of his own pocket. More here.
Judge Scraps Restraining Order Against Former Intern in Michelle Luján Grisham Case
One day after Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Congresswoman Michelle Luján Grisham (D-NM) obtained a restraining order against a former intern who worked for her on Capitol Hill, another judge scrapped the order. Luján Grisham, who is running for governor of New Mexico, said she was “fearful” of former intern Riley Del Rey, and said in court documents that she “believes Ms. Del Rey intends to cause her serious harm or her behavior will harm other people in public settings.” But the second judge tossed the restraining order because Del Rey is already required to stay away from Luján Grisham due to a pending criminal case. More here.
Hank Johnson Summons Facebook CEO
Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA)
, Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, wants Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before the Committee regarding the social network's role in Cambridge Analytica’s collection and misuse of private user data. The Congressman sent a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) urging him to call the 33-year-old chief executive to testify. “We have a long list of unanswered questions about the impact of personal data use on election outcomes, how the private information was acquired, and concerns regarding compliance with U.S. and international privacy agreements,” Johnson wrote. “The transparency garnered by such a hearing would help the House Committee on the Judiciary achieve more coherent oversight of personal data storage, use, and exchanges, and will ensure that critical steps are taken to ensure free and fair elections.” The Facebook CEO was also summoned by the House Energy and Commerce Committee as well. In a CNN interview on Wednesday, Zuckerberg said he would testify before Congress “if it’s the right thing to do.” See Johnson’s full letter here.
Chris Rock on Monday visiting activist and actor Jesse Williams on the set of Grey's Anatomy.
Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) meeting on Thursday with South Korean Ambassador Ahn Ho-young.
Michelle Obama Will Join United State of Women 
Former First Lady Michelle Obama announced on Twitter that she had “cleared [her] schedule” for the United State of Women Summit. The Summit will take place in LA on May 4th-5th and is aimed at bringing together organizations and advocates to talk about issues affecting women and girls, such as the gender pay gap, campus sexual assault, and accessibility to childcare and healthcare. In addition to FLOTUS44, the speaker lineup includes: #MeToo Founder Tarana Burke; Actress Kelly Marie Tran; Commentator Symone Sanders; Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center; Ai-Jen Poo, Executive Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance & Co-Director; Mónica Ramírez, of the farmworker women rights group Alianza Nacional de Campesinas; Activist Brittany Packnett; Black Girls Rock Founder Beverly Bond; actress Rowan Blanchard; and former Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth, among many others. Keep up with the latest from the Summit here.
Eric Holder: 1, Scott Walker: 0
A Wisconsin judge yesterday ordered Governor Scott Walker (R) to call special elections to fill two seats in the state legislature vacated by Republicans last year, giving former AG Eric Holder and his group, the National Redistricting Foundation (NDF) -- whose parent is the National Democratic Redistricting Committee -- a win. NDF had filed the lawsuit late last month on behalf of WI voters, maintaining that “plaintiffs have a clear legal right to elect representatives to fill those vacancies (and to representation in the Legislature) and Governor Walker has a plain legal duty to issue the writs of election to hold a special election as promptly as possible.” Dane County Circuit Judge Josann Reynolds, a Walker appointee, ruled that the Governor must call two special elections by next week. Walker had rejected calls to hold elections before this year's midterms. “This is an important victory for the impacted citizens of Wisconsin who have gone without representation because of Governor Walker’s refusal to call special elections,” Holder said. “One of our most basic rights as American citizens is that we get to vote and have representation in our legislatures. Governor Walker’s actions have undermined that right and it never should have taken legal action to force him to do his job.” More here.
Justice Sotomayor Shaded by Justice Kennedy for Viewing Website of Party Involved in Argument
During arguments over crisis pregnancy centers on Tuesday, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said she visited the website of one of the centers involved in the Supreme Court case. In response, Justice Anthony Kennedy said, "Well, in this case I didn't go beyond the record to look on the internet because I don't think we should do that," Kennedy said. But when Chief Justice John Roberts did something similar seven years ago, no one uttered a peep. Going beyond the record, in legal terms, refers to material that is not part of the court record and so untested by the adversarial process. As CBS News points out, in a case on campaign contribution limits in 2011, Roberts said he consulted the website of one of the parties to the case that morning and asked a question about what he saw. During arguments in 2016 over a Texas law that restricted abortion clinics, Justice Samuel Alito made use of an article from the Huffington Post. Justice Stephen Breyer will sometimes begin a question by saying he had his clerks look something up. Nothing from Justice Kennedy during any of those instances. More here.
Senator Elizabeth Warren, a champion for working families, is looking for talented video editors to join our digital team’s 2018 re-election campaign. You’ll help tell the story of our campaign for millions of people across Massachusetts and around the country -- and motivate people to join this fight.
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Senator Elizabeth Warren, a champion for working families, is looking for talented video producers to join our digital team’s 2018 re-election campaign. You’ll help tell the story of our campaign for millions of people across Massachusetts and around the country -- and motivate people to join this fight.
Click here to learn more and apply!
DCCC Adds More Candidates of Color to Red to Blue Program
DCCC Chairman Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) yesterday announced the fourth round of candidates for its Red to Blue program, including two who are Black, two Asian Americans, and one Latino: Lauren Underwood, an Obama alumna who, as the only woman and person of color on the ticket, beat six men to become the Democratic nominee in Illinois’ 14th Congressional District; Colin Allred, an Obama alumnus, attorney, and former NFL player, in Texas’ 32nd Congressional District; Aftab Pureval, a County Clerk and attorney, in Ohio’s First Congressional District; Gina Ortiz Jones, a former Air Force officer and challenger to Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX), who would be the first openly gay Congresswoman of color from Texas, in the state’s 23rd Congressional District; and Randy “the Iron Stache” Bryce, the U.S. Army veteran and ironworker challenging House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) in Wisconsin’s First Congressional District. Underwood and Allred are the first Black candidates added to the program; the DCCC had faced a backlash from the Collective PAC over its failure to include any Black candidates in this initiative. “The candidates in this new round of Red to Blue are running grassroots campaigns bolstered by local endorsements and key indicators of support in their communities. We’re also incredibly proud of the diversity represented in this latest list –in terms of race, gender, geography and backgrounds – and I am confident these individuals will play a critical role in helping take back the House,” said Luján. Others added to the program include Gretchen Driskell (MI-07), TJ Cox (CA-21), Nancy Soderberg (FL-06), and Betsy Londrigan (IL-13). Thirty-three candidates are now a part of the Red to Blue, and more than half of them are women. More here.
UnidosUS Launches New Voter Registration Campaign
UnidosUS (formerly NCLR) has kicked off Power of 18, a voter outreach campaign geared at mobilizing eligible Latinos to register and vote in the upcoming midterms. The campaign will leverage an online platform -- Powerof18.com -- to engage a growing voting bloc: Latino youth. “We have witnessed over the past several months the courage, leadership, and tenacity of our young people, who have galvanized efforts to challenge our national leaders on a number of critical issues from DACA to gun control laws,” said UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía. “This new generation of voters is reminding us that we hold the power within us to make change and it starts by registering to vote.” The campaign was unveiled during this week’s UnidosUS Leaders in Action Summit. More here.
Sway, Joe Madison, and Others Help SiriusXM Launch Urban View Vote
SiriusXM announced on Thursday the launch of Urban View Vote -- a nonpartisan, midterm election year voter registration campaign designed to raise awareness about voter registration opportunities throughout the fifty states. The initiative kicks off today in Ft. Lauderdale and will focus on the African American community and address voter disenfranchisement. To elevate the program, they’re bringing out some of their star talents. On April 12th, Urban View hosts Karen Hunter, Joe Madison "The Black Eagle," and Sway Calloway from Eminem's exclusive SiriusXM channel Shade 45, will participate in a town hall conversation with the students of Morehouse College, where voting rights and voter registration among millennials will be the focus. Calloway will also broadcast his popular morning show from the campus. SiriusXM's Urban View channel will roll out an Urban View Vote vehicle to tour multiple states -- visiting other college campuses, community centers, and key locations to help register voters and disseminate information on civic engagement. More here.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) meeting on Tuesday with actress Alexandra Daddario and sportswriter Rick Riley as part of the Nothing But Nets Summit to end malaria.
Former VP Joe Biden on Tuesday in Florida with Latino Victory Fund President Cristóbal Alex.
BET Boots Journo for Publishing Details About Michelle Obama Chat
Remember when we told you about former First Lady Michelle Obama speaking at BET’s Leading Women Defined conference? We got the tea from WaPo’s Robin Givhan who, apparently, was not supposed to spill. BET booted the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from the conference for publishing a Q&A and sparking a social media storm. Givhan had been invited to the conference in Bal Harbour, FL but BET said it was a sacred space and the conversation with FLOTUS44 was meant to be private. BET posted sections of the interview on its website and Valerie Jarrett, who conducted the chat, teased on social media that fans should “tune in to BET” to hear all that Obama really said. Still, Givhan was subjected to a barrage of backlash on social media with one tweeter saying she “violated a sacred trust between women, black women.” Writer Jamilah Lemieux posted, “This is a complete violation of journalistic ethics and Black girl code,” while other journalists defended Givhan. A BET rep insisted Givhan was “invited as a guest (not working press) to moderate a fashion panel,” and her travel and hotel were paid for by BET. Givhan was to moderate a panel on fashion at the conference but with her ousting, the panel has been canceled. More here.
Byron Allen Buys the Weather Channel
Byron Allen
continues to expand his Entertainment Studios media holdings with the purchase the Weather Group, the parent company of The Weather Channel TV network and Local Now streaming service. His company, Allen Media, made the purchase from The Blackstone Group, Bain Capital, and Comcast/NBCUniversal. No official dollar figure has been revealed, but according to sources, the purchase price was around $300 million. “The acquisition of The Weather Channel is strategic, as we begin our process of investing billions of dollars over the next five years to acquire some of the best media assets around the world,” said Allen. Allen, a comedian-turned-entrepreneur who owns 100% of his company, has been growing his Entertainment Studios, which became the largest independent producer of first-run syndicated programming. In 2009, Allen launched six 24-hour HD television networks: Pets.TV, Comedy.TV, Recipe.TV, Cars.TV, ES.TV, and MyDestination.TV. In the past few years, he has also emerged as an indie film producer and distributor acquiring Freestyle Releasing in 2015. His recent movie successes include 47 Meters Down and Hostiles, and his 2018 pics via Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures include Toronto Film Festival buys Chappaquiddick and Replicas. Congrats, Byron! More here.
Executive Director (San Francisco)
A state as diverse as California should have a justice system led by advocates of all races and ethnicities. That’s why the California Bar Foundation invests in the next generation of bright, diverse scholars to ensure that they have the opportunity to become tomorrow's legal changemakers. We’re looking for a bold and strategic Executive Director who isn’t afraid to think and act big to solve California’s equity problems. Click here to apply!
PBS NewsHour Adds to the Anchor Desk
The PBS NewsHour yesterday announced big changes at the program. In addition to naming Judy Woodruff as the program’s solo anchor, they announced that Amna Nawaz was coming on board as a general reporter and will also serve as the substitute at the anchor desk for Woodruff, starting on April 2nd. Later this spring, the University of Zimbabwe and University of Pennsylvania grad, who also has a Master’s from the London School of Economics and Political Science, will launch a podcast and digital video version of NewsHour’s 5 Stories You Missed series. Previously, the Emmy Award-winning journalist, who speaks English, French, Hindi, and Urdu, was with ABC News. Prior to that, Amna worked for NBCNews.com, NBC News, Dateline NBC, and ABC News Nightline. NewsHour also named Nick Schifrin as their Foreign Affairs and Defense Correspondent. Congrats to all! More here.
Yoon Named Professor of Journalism at the University of Michigan
Robert Yoon
, CNN’s former Director of Political Research and Host of The J Word -- a public affairs radio show all about journalism, has been named the Howard R. Marsh Visiting Professor of Journalism at the University of Michigan. As CNN’s Director of Political Research, the University of Michigan grad, who has a Master’s from Harvard, covered five presidential campaign cycles and helped prepare eight different moderators for 30 presidential debates. His contributions to CNN’s election coverage earned him two Emmy Awards, five total Emmy nominations, a Peabody Award, and a National Headliner Award. In 2017, the University of Michigan awarded the Asian American Journalists Association member a Knight-Wallace fellowship. Congrats, Rob! More about him here.
Congressman Anthony Brown (D-MD) on Thursday with the 2,232-page omnibus spending bill.
Janet Murguía from UnidosUS on Wednesday with young community activists from across the country.
Obama Alumna Heads to Pandora
Pandora has named Parita Shah as its new Head of Public Affairs on the government relations and public policy team. Until early 2017, Shah served in the Barack Obama administration. She was Chief of Staff at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a foreign assistance agency created by President George W. Bush. Prior to that, she was the Press Secretary at the Department of Commerce. The 1999 University of Southern California grad, who went on to earn her MPA from Columbia University in 2003, got her start in politics as a member of President Bill Clinton’s national advance team. In the private sector, Shah was VP of Corporate Communications and Issues Management at APCO Worldwide where she specialized in international business issues, reputation management for corporations and non-profits, and overall public relations strategy development. She joins Pandora as the music streaming company made a rare foray into acquisitions, dolling out $145 million on the adtech startup AdsWizz. Congrats, Parita! More here.
There’s a New President and Partnership at Women Impacting Public Policy
Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), a nonpartisan voice for women business owners, announced that Candace Waterman would join the organization as its President on May 1st. Most recently, the Madonna University grad served as the Vice President of Certification and Program Operations for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Waterman is a former corporate executive and nationally recognized business leader and strategist and has more than 30 years of experience in business relations, medical facilities management, procurement, finance, real estate law, strategic leadership, and operations. “Through its tireless advocacy efforts and valuable educational offerings, WIPP has been a true leader in the effort to give women entrepreneurs a seat at the table. I’m thrilled to be joining an organization that has accomplished so much,” Waterman said. WIPP and WBENC also announced a new partnership that will enable both organizations to strengthen their education and advocacy efforts to support women business owners across the country and at the public policy table. More here.


Trump appointee SBA Southeast Region Administrator Ashley Bell last week with legislators at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta.
Symone Sanders with comedian and TV host W. Kamau Bell of CNN last week at SXSW.
RUN-D.M.C. Raising Hell in the Library of Congress
Each year, the Library of Congress inducts 25 titles that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” into the National Recording Registry. RUN-D.M.C.’s 1986 album Raising Hell is among this year’s selected recordings. And they’re in good company. Other inducted recordings include: Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine’s 1987 hit Rhythm Is Gonna Get You; George Herzog and members of the Yanktoni Tribe’s Standing Rock Preservation Recordings; The Temptations’ 1964 hit My Girl; 1978 hit Le Freak by Chic; 1930 single Sitting on Top of the World by Mississippi Sheiks; The 1950s chart-topper How I Got Over by Clara Ward and the Ward Singers, Harry Belafonte's 1956 album Calypso, and Yo-Yo Ma for his 1996 Premieres: Concertos for Violoncello and Orchestra album. See the full list of inductees here.
Did Trump Appoint a Non-Native to Native American Ambassadorship?
Donald Trump appointed Kaya Jones, aka Chyrstal Neria, to the National Diversity Coalition as the Native American Ambassador. However, some in the Native American community are questioning her bona fides. In an opinion piece for the North Coast Journal, André Cramblit reports that preliminary investigative information regarding her genealogy found nothing to substantiate her personal declaration of Native ancestry. This is despite Jones purporting herself to be either 40% or half Apache (not from any particular Nation or recognized tribe, just the generic Apache) through her father Christopher Neria. Apache is a term used for a broad range of peoples who speak a similar language. There are several autonomous Apache nations that are politically sovereign and have their own distinct requirements for membership. She says her father is from the Apache reservation in Dallas, TX. However, according to the report, there never has been any land held in trust for any Apache tribe in the state of Texas. The article also points out that Jones calls herself a member of the Pussycat Dolls, though the group has denied any formal affiliation with her. More here.
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Today - Sunday, March 25th: The National Hispanic Medical Association 22nd Annual Conference, "Conquistando el Futuro: Clinicians Leading Latino Health Care.” Gaylord National, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD. Click here for more information and to register. Congressional staffers or federal government workers: email pmontenegro@nhmamd.org for a discount code.
Thursday, March 29th, 8P: Jazz, hip hop, and soul combine in August Greene, the newly formed supergroup featuring emcee Common, pianist and composer Robert Glasper, and percussionist and producer Karriem Riggins. Kennedy Center. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Tuesday, April 3rd, 9A: The National Civil Rights Museum's MLK 50 Symposium. Scholars, historians, and thought leaders from across the country will present on the state of civil and human rights issues including Moving Memphis Forward, Economic Equity & Justice for All, and The Promise of Education. Moderated by former NPR Host Michele Norris. Rose Theatre, University of Memphis, 470 University, Memphis, TN. Free. Click here to register
Tuesday, April 17th, 8A: The Hill Latino hosts "Latinos in College: Closing the Graduation Gap." The program will feature lawmakers, university presidents, education officials, and students in a series of conversations exploring strategies to boost Hispanic college completion rates. The event is sponsored by Excelencia in Education and Gallup. 901 F Street, N.W. RSVP to events@thehill.com. 
Wednesday, April 18th, 6P: The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) 2018 Gala and Awards. Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. To purchase tickets, contact Heaven Ocampo, hocampo@maldef.org or 213.629.2512 ext. 143. 
Wednesday, April 18th - Saturday, April 21st: The National Action Network hosts its annual conference, this year commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Sheraton Times Square, NYC. Click here for more information
Thursday, April 19th: The University of North Dakota sponsors a conference on the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Standing Rock protests. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, April 24th - Thursday, April 26th: The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Legislative Conference. The Willard Intercontinental Hotel, DC. Click here for more information and to register.
Wednesday, April 25th - Friday, April 27th: The African American Mayor Association 2018 Annual Conference. DoubleTree Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA. Click here to purchase tickets
Wednesday, June 6th - Saturday, June 9th: The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit. Charlotte, NC. More than 1,000 CEOs, investors, and business experts are expected to attend.Click here for more information and to register
Thursday, June 21st - Sunday, June 24th: The Black Millennial Political Convention, which aims to increase engagement of Black millennials in the political sphere and shed a light on policy issues impacting black communities. This year’s theme is The Advocacy of Policy, Pipeline and Power for the People. Hyatt Regency, Crystal City, VA. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Saturday, July 7th - Tuesday, July 10th: The 2018 UnidosUS annual conference, Marriott Marquis Hotel, DC. Click here for more information and to register.
Tuesday, July 17th - Wednesday, July 18th: The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) 2018 National Women’s Conference. Phoenix. Click here for more information and to register.
Wednesday, August 1st - Saturday, August 4th: The National Urban League 2018 Annual Conference “Save Our Cities: Powering the Digital Revolution.” Columbus, OH. Click here for more information and to register.
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