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March 06, 2018
Obama Heads to Japan, Marco Rubio Intros Lie and Try, and Jim Acosta Calls Out WH
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If you were one of the people watching Trump’s short-lived campaign advisor Sam Nunberg’s cable TV meltdown last night, don’t worry. We, too, fully expected at any moment for the characters on screen to stop and look into the camera and shout, “Live from New York It’s Saturday night!” Never happened. In a dramatic blast of accusations, insults and non-sequiturs, Nunberg vowed to defy a grand jury subpoena and dared Special Counsel Robert Mueller, only to change his mind hours later. The president’s response? Nothing yet. Just a bunch of tweets about the Oscars, Barack Obama, and veiled threats to North Korea. Congress’ response? Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) is inviting Nunberg to testify before the House Intel Committee. Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans are trying to persuade Donald Trump to back off his pledge to impose tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum imports, with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) warning the president of the economic dangers of entering a trade war, as well as the political backlash that could crush Republicans in the midterms. In the upper chamber, Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) announced Monday that he will resign from the Senate on April 1st, ending a four-decade congressional career. And Texas kicks off the first primary in the country today with a pool of candidates who want to make their way to DC. We break it down below. Alexa, who else wants to come to the Beltway? Amazon! Evidence is piling up that Amazon is seriously looking at the nation's capital for its HQ2. And who wants to go to Philly? Me! Beyoncé's official Facebook page announced that she and JAY-Z will embark on a second On the Run tour together, beginning July 30th in Philadelphia. Then moments later, the tour dates were gone. Why Bey? Why? Moving on. Have you seen the papers? No, not the newspapers. The rolling papers. A pro-marijuana legalization group is selling rolling papers that display AG Jeff Sessions' face. True story. Google it. And when you do, note that today’s Google Doodle honors Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian novelist, screenwriter, & journalist who was one of the most significant writers of the 20th century. Okay, we’re kicking off Tuesday with this...
  • Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) part of bipartisan group introducing gun safety legislation.
  • CBC members call foul for sleeping in Capitol Hill offices. 
  • Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) questions loans to Kushner Cos.
  • Straight outta Compton, straight into Congress? Compton mayor may challenge Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA).
  • Former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala jumps into race to replace retiring Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL).
  • Hawaii Democratic Congresswomen Tulsi Gabbard and Colleen Hanabusa intro bill to research flower power.
  • HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson reportedly nearly left the agency over budget frustrations.
  • Florida Republican state Representative Julio González announces congressional bid.
  • Texas kicks off country’s first 2018 primary today.
  • PowerPAC Georgia infuses cash in bid for state’s first Black female governor.
  • Castro brothers and Latino Victory Fund team up for new initiative.
  • There’s a new Business and Economics Editor for the NYT’s Op-Ed section.
  • CNN WH Correspondent Jim Acosta calls out WH Press Secretary.
  • The Constitutional Accountability Center names a new COO.
  • NYC names new public schools Chancellor. Again.
  • Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) among lawmakers questioning HUD’s now-canceled furniture order.
  • Donald Trump to headline The Latino Coalition’s Legislative Summit.
  • Today in Blogs: a new report shows 2018 could be big for Black women in elected office, and meet the first double EGOT winner! 
  • And don't forget to catch Tiffany D. Cross today, and every Tuesday, on Keepin' It Real with Rev. Al Sharpton at 1:20P ET. Tune in!
Lin-Manuel Miranda with José Andrés on Sunday night at the Oscars.
 Obama administration alumnus and actor Kal Penn on Sunday night at an Oscars viewing party.
Bipartisan Senate Group Intros “Lie and Try” Gun Bill
Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL)
, Pat Toomey (R-PA), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Bill Nelson (D-FL) announced new gun safety legislation that will assist states with enforcing existing laws against individuals who attempt to purchase firearms but have no legal right to do so. The NICS Denial Notification Act requires federal authorities to alert state law enforcement within 24 hours when individuals “lie and try” to purchase firearms, which can be a warning sign of criminal behavior. “The Parkland shooter was able to carry out this horrific attack because of multi-systematic failures. While we work to ensure that our background check system contains the critical information necessary to be able to conduct an effective background check, we must also ensure that federal and state authorities are successfully communicating with one another when it comes to dangerous individuals and their attempts to acquire firearms,” said Rubio. More here.
CBC Members Call Foul on Members Sleeping in Their Capitol Hill Offices
More than two dozen members of the Congressional Black Caucus are calling for an ethics investigation into the widespread practice of lawmakers sleeping in their offices, arguing it's an abuse of taxpayer funds. In a letter obtained by Politico to Ethics Committee Chairwoman Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Ranking Member Ted Deutch (D-FL), they ask for a probe into the “legality and propriety” of such conduct by members of Congress. “There’s something unsanitary about bringing people to your office who are talking about public policy where you spent the night, and that’s unhealthy, unsanitary -- and some people would say it’s almost nasty,” said Ranking Homeland Security Committee member Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-MS). “Members who sleep overnight in their offices receive free lodging, free cable, free security, free cleaning services, and utilize other utilities free of charge in direct violation of the ethics rules which prohibit official resources from being used for personal purposes,” the December 5th letter reads. They asked for a response by January 5th but never heard back. Politico reports that among the 30 CBC signatories are CBC Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn (D-SC), and Ranking House Oversight Committee member Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD). More here.
Tulsi Gabbard and Colleen Hanabusa Intro Tropical Flower Research Bill
Hawaii Democratic Congresswomen Tulsi Gabbard and Colleen Hanabusa have introduced a bill which would allow states to seek grants of at least $250,000 per year to research and develop disease-resistant varieties of tropical flowers. The State Assistance for Tropical Floriculture Research Act of 2018 would award grants to state departments of agriculture on a competitive basis. States would be required to conduct and submit an audit each year regarding the use of their funds. This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced on February 16th and will be considered by the Agriculture Committee before possibly being sent on to the House or Senate. You never know. There may actually be a glowing purple herb growing somewhere that conflates human DNA with a panther and gives us superhuman strength. More here.
Cummings Leads Bicameral Push Questioning Loans to Kushner Cos.
Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD)
wants answers following allegations that Advisor-In-Law Jared Kushner may have engaged in pay-to-play activities, abusing his government position, which resulted in loans to Kushner Companies. In separate letters to Kushner Cos. and the White House Counsel’s Office responding to news reports that two financial firms -- Apollo Global Management and Citibank -- made loans worth more than half a billion dollars after meetings in the White House with Kushner, Cummings and Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Gary Peters (D-MI) demanded to know more about the circumstances surrounding the WH meetings and the subsequent sizable loans made to Kushner Cos. “If true, these reports raise significant questions about what was discussed in these meetings, the terms of these loans, and what Mr. Kushner knew about Kushner Companies’ solicitations for financial assistance,” the Democrats wrote. “Underlying these questions is the same concern that has driven prior queries: we must understand how Mr. Kushner’s official position has affected the Kushner Companies’ bottom line. To determine whether Kushner Companies benefited because of Mr. Kushner’s White House position, we are asking that you provide information about the terms of the loans you have applied for and received as well as recent investments made in Kushner Companies.” More here.
House Minority Whip Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) Saturday on the Faith & Politics MLK Pilgrimage in Montgomery, AL.
Lend Up's Jotaka Eaddy at the Oscars red carpet on Sunday. 
Obama Heading to Japan
Former President Barack Obama is likely planning a trip to Japan later this month. According to sources within the Japanese government, final arrangements are underway for the visit by Obama, with the most likely date considered to be March 24th and 25th. While there, he may hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over the North Korean nuclear and missile issues, a Japanese government source said Monday. In May 2016, Obama’s final year in office, POTUS44 became the first sitting U.S. president to travel to Hiroshima, the site of the first U.S. atomic bombing in the closing stage of World War II. Obama’s visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum spiked attendance as nearly 1.6 million additional visitors toured the memorial, setting a record for the year. Obama gifted origami planes he made to the memorial, and the paper cranes became such an attraction that the museum extended their display by five months. Obama and Abe also visited Hawaii's Pearl Harbor in a show of reconciliation between the two World War II foes. More here.
Did Ben Carson Almost Leave HUD?!
HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson reportedly recently considered leaving the Trump administration when negotiating the agency’s budget with the White House. The NYT reports that people close to Carson said that the Secretary was frustrated by Trump’s deep cuts to HUD and had to negotiate for an extra $2 billion. “He was ready to walk — he would have walked,” said Mr. Carson’s longtime business manager and political advisor, Armstrong Williams. The paper has a profile of Carson’s tenure thus far, which also touches on his seeming lack of influence on the president -- who reportedly views the former brain surgeon as a beta “winner,” not as a “killer,” according to WH aides. For his part, Carson told the NYT that “[t]here are more complexities here than in brain surgery … Doing this job is going to be a very intricate process.” The entire must-read piece is here.
Senate Questions Carson’s Now-Canceled Furniture Order
Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)
, Gary Peters (D-MI), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) want to know more about the process that led to the approval of a $31,000 dining set -- which was canceled last week after an uproar -- for HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson. In a letter to HUD Assistant Secretary of Administration Suzanne Tufts, the lawmakers want more information on how HUD determined this was an appropriate use of tax dollars, whether any of the wasted funds can be recouped, and whether the Trump administration retaliated against a civil servant who sought to comply with the law. “These actions are the latest in a troubling pattern of senior Trump Administration officials wasting taxpayer money on extravagant goods and services while simultaneously undermining the systems and processes intended to prevent such waste,” they wrote. “Our most fundamental responsibility as public servants is to use tax dollars prudently and efficiently, and approving the purchase of expensive furniture at a cost that exceeds the median wage American workers take home in a year is an inappropriate use of taxpayer funds.” See the full letter here.
Training Director
Elizabeth for MA is planning to organize training sessions for promising college students, recent graduates, and others interested in gaining practical skills in digital communication, organizing, and grassroots political action. This will develop the next generation of progressive campaign volunteers and staffers and give them immediate campaign experience. Elizabeth for MA is looking for a Training Director to develop and coordinate this training program. Click here to learn more and apply
Compton Mayor Will Reportedly Challenge Barragán
TMZ is reporting that Compton, CA Mayor Aja Brown will announce on Thursday that she is entering the race for California’s 44th Congressional District. Should the USC grad enter the race, she would be mounting a challenge to incumbent Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (D). The California native made national news in 2013 by becoming the youngest Mayor ever elected in the City of Compton at 31, a role she has held since. TMZ reports that Brown had no intention of running until she saw that Clueless actress Stacey Dash announced she was running. Members from California’s congressional delegation reportedly contacted Brown and urged her to run against Dash. But, again, she’d actually be running against Barragán and would only face Dash if she defeated the incumbent in the June 5th primary. We’ll keep you posted. More here.
Former HHS Secretary Jumps Into FL-27 Race to Replace Ros-Lehtinen
Former HHS Secretary and University of Miami President Donna Shalala has filed paperwork to enter the race to replace retiring Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). The Lebanese American was born in Cleveland, OH and has a twin sister, Diane. The Western College for Women grad, who earned her Ph.D. from Syracuse University, was appointed HHS Secretary in 1993 by President Bill Clinton -- a position she held for eight years, becoming the longest-serving HHS Secretary to date. She also served as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at HUD in the Carter administration from 1977 to 1980. In her academic career, Shalala has held tenured professorships at Columbia University, the City University of New York, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She served as President of Hunter College of the City University of New York from 1980 to 1987 and as Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1987 to 1993. She served as President of the University of Miami from 2001 to 2015. Dr. Shalala served as President of the Clinton Foundation from June 2015 to March 2017. Fun fact: Shalala was one of the country’s first Peace Corps volunteers; she served in Iran from 1962 to 1964. The 77-year-old has never run for elected office, but her entry shakes up an already-crowded Democratic field; she will face former Judge Mary Barzee Flores, Miami Beach Commissioner Kristen Rosen González, state Senator José Javier Rodríguez, state Representative David Richardson, former Miami Herald Reporter and Knight Foundation Director Matt Haggman, and Miami Commissioner Ken Russell in the August 28th primary. More here.
Florida Conservative Enters Congressional Race
Florida Republican state Representative Julio González will seek the congressional seat being vacated by retiring Congressman Tom Rooney (R-FL). González is an orthopedic surgeon and the son of Cuban immigrants. He pursued a medical career at the University of Miami, teaching classical guitar and conducting medical research at the VA to help pay for his schooling. He graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1990 and accepted a commission to the United States Naval Reserve as part of the United States Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program. In 1990, Dr. González continued his training at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virginia, where he completed an internship in Internal Medicine. The following year, he trained in Aviation Medicine at the Navy’s Flight Surgery School in Pensacola, Florida, earning his wings in 1992. He first won a seat in Florida’s state legislature in 2014 and was re-elected in 2016. “It’s been a long time coming, but the day has finally arrived for me to take our fight for conservative principles and American exceptionalism to Washington, D.C.,” González wrote in the email. He’s planning to formally kick off his campaign on March 12th at the Venice Community Center in Florida’s 17th Congressional District. He will face Bill Akins and Greg Steube in the August 28th primary. More here.
Activist Eddie Huang last week at a NY Knicks game at halftime with participants of the We Run As One program.
A behind-the-scenes moment with Trevor Noah on Friday recording another episode of The Daily Show.
Texas Kicks Off Country’s First Primary Today
Texas kicks off the nation’s first midterm primary today. Already, nearly twice as many people have voted early as did in the last midterm four years ago. In the red state, Democrats outnumbered Republicans in early voting this year. Republican Governor Greg Abbott will likely dominate his two challengers but the Dems have former Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez who is facing eight challengers. She is the first openly gay female Sheriff in the state and was the only Hispanic female Sheriff in the country. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) faces four GOP challengers who are likely to fall short. However, on the Dem side, Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) appears to be the frontrunner and the two may face off in November. Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX) faces one GOP challenger. On the Dem side, there’s no real frontrunner in the 23rd district, but Gina Ortiz Jones’ story as a gay Filipina former U.S. Air Force officer has gotten her a lot of ink. Her toughest competition is Jay Hullings, who enjoys the endorsement of former HUD Secretary Julián Castro. There’s also former NFL player and Barack Obama appointee Colin Allred, who faces six contenders in the Democratic effort to unseat Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX). We’ll be watching and break down all the results in tomorrow’s Beat DC. Stay tuned. Here’s a look at all the candidates on the ballot.
Castro Brothers Link with Latino Victory
Congressman Joaquín Castro (D-TX)
and his brother, former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, are teaming up with the Latino Victory Fund to launch “Latino Victory Slate,” a new fundraising platform that will help raise grassroots donations for Latino candidates in 2018 congressional swing districts. The new initiative is an extension of Swing Left District Funds -- a grassroots fundraising effort to pool money in advance of the primaries for the eventual Democratic nominee in each swing district. Money raised will be divided among the Democratic Latino candidates who win competitive primaries in Swing Left’s 70 target swing districts. The initiative’s website enables individuals to both donate and fundraise on their own, including eventually via individual fundraising pages and codes that allow them to track on a leaderboard the contributions they collect. “Despite significant gains, Latinos continue to be underrepresented in Congress. The Latino Victory Slate will give progressive Latino candidates an edge coming out of the primaries and help deliver even more victories in November,” said the Congressman. The former Secretary weighed in, saying, “Latino Victory Fund and Swing Left are democratizing political fundraising in a way that will provide a larger platform for great candidates in our community. This will help build a donor bench for candidates in 2018 and beyond." More here.
PowerPAC Wants to Deliver Georgia Their First Black Female Governor
PowerPAC Georgia plans to spend $2.5 million to boost the campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams by hiring 250 organizers to turn out an additional 80,000 rural Black voters. Abrams could use the air cover; she’s already burned through about 80% of her campaign cash. Another outside group has already pledged $1.2 million for a volley of ads to boost Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s campaign. The seven leading candidates have combined to raise or loan themselves more than $20 million. Abrams has argued that there is an untapped pool of voters throughout Georgia that could catapult a Democrat to victory in the deeply red state where the GOP has controlled the governor's mansion for four consecutive terms. African Americans comprise 30.5% of the state’s population. Abrams’ campaign has emphasized outreach to African American voters early on in the race. She is running against state Representative Stacey Evans in the Democratic primary. Most polls show Abrams as the early frontrunner. More here.
NBC anchor José Díaz-Balart getting ready to anchor NBC Nightly News on Saturday.
Dolores Huerta, Benjamin Bratt, Talisa Soto, and Camila Chávez backstage at the Oscars on Sunday night.
Jyoti Thottam Joins NYT Op-Ed
The NYT yesterday announced that Jyoti Thottam would join their Op-Ed section as its Business and Economics Editor. Born in India, the Yale grad -- who received her Master’s from Columbia -- was raised in Sugar Land, TX after moving to the U.S. as a young girl. She has previously worked for Al Jazeera America, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and held various positions at Time Inc. including serving as TIME’s South Asia Bureau Chief and Senior Editor. The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Adjunct Lecturer speaks four languages: English, Hindi, Malayalam, and Spanish. Fun fact: she has what she describes as a “hard-earned” certificate from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust -- an awarding body and registered charity devoted to the development and delivery of qualifications and courses in wines and spirits. Congrats, Jyoti! More here.
Fox Re-Signs Jehmu Greene
Fox News announced on Monday that it has re-signed Jehmu Greene as a Contributor. She will continue to offer analysis into issues of social justice and politics across Fox News and Fox Business programming. “I’m looking forward to providing my signature, unapologetically progressive, commentary to the Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network audience,” Greene said in a statement. Jehmu is currently Chair of the Board of VoteRunLead. In 2017, she ran an unsuccessful bid to chair the DNC. Prior to joining Fox, Greene was appointed by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to serve on the U.S. National Commission for United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). She began her career working in local Texas politics. Since then, she has worked on more than 20 political campaigns at the local, state, and national level, and served as an advisor and national surrogate for Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. Jehmu also served as the first African American President of Rock the Vote from 2000-2005. More here.
Jim Acosta Calls Out WH Press Sec
The White House has a very hostile relationship with CNN. From Donald Trump consistently referring to the network as “fake news,” to the cable network’s commercial clapback intimating that this White House is about to catch a case. During Monday’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused, yet again, to call on CNN. But the network’s White House Correspondent Jim Acosta pressed Sanders as she wrapped the briefing. “Sarah, this is the third briefing you have not taken a question from CNN. Do you expect the Justice Department to enforce all subpoenas, Sarah?” Acosta asked as Sanders left the podium. Sanders walked out of the Brady Briefing Room without looking back or acknowledging the question. See the exchange here.
Idaho's first Native American gubernatorial candidate, Paulette Jones, last week with Gary Litefoot Davis.
Conservative commentator Amy Holmes and The Beat DC's Tiffany D. Cross after appearing on Fox News' Outnumbered with Harris Faulkner.
Constitutional Accountability Center Names New COO
The Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC), a think tank, law firm, and action center dedicated to fulfilling the progressive promise of the U.S. Constitution, announced that Surjeet Ahluwalia had joined the organization as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining CAC, Ahluwalia was Deputy Chief Operating Officer at The Raben Group, where she grew the business development function in support of a range of progressive causes. Previously, the University of Rochester grad -- who also has a Master’s from Harvard -- was the Executive Director of Asian American LEAD and has also been in operations-focused roles for Teach For India, AmericaSpeaks, and DC’s Child and Family Services Agency. “I have long admired CAC and its role as a leader of the progressive legal movement,” Ahluwalia said. “We are a small, dynamic team that punches above our weight in the courts and in the public square, and I’m excited for the opportunity, under Elizabeth’s [Wydra] inspirational leadership, to help make an already great organization even better.” Congrats, Surjeet! More here.
NYC Names Public Schools Chancellor, Take Two
Last week, we told you that Alberto M. Carvalho, Superintendent of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, had been named the next Chancellor of NYC public schools before doing a 180 during his announcement and turning it down. Well, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio yesterday announced that Richard A. Carranza, the Superintendent of the Houston Independent School District since 2016, would take on the NYC role. Before the post in Houston, Carranza served as Superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District for four years. Carranza is a fluent Spanish-speaker, lifelong educator, and accomplished mariachi musician. Previously, the grandchild of Mexican immigrants was San Francisco’s Deputy Superintendent of Instruction, Innovation, and Social Justice for three years. Before that, Carranza served as Northwest Region superintendent for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, and as a high school principal in Las Vegas and Tucson, AZ. Carranza has also has worked as an assistant principal and teacher of bilingual social studies and music. He grew up speaking Spanish at home and first learned English in public school. Carranza earned a Bachelor’s from the University of Arizona and a Master’s from Northern Arizona University; he has completed his doctoral coursework through Northern Arizona University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership through Nova Southeastern University. “As the son of blue collar workers and a lifetime educator, it is an honor to serve New York City’s 1.1 million children as schools chancellor,” Carranza said. “I want to thank the mayor and first lady for the opportunity to join an administration that knows public education is an investment in our future. I will work every day to further the progress Chancellor Fariña has made in strengthening our public schools for generations to come.” More here.
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) on Monday with South Carolina high school student Harshini Abbaraju, participating in the 56th Annual United States Senate Youth Program. 
Congressman Raúl Ruíz (D-CA) on Saturday honoring veterans in California.
WA Sets Up Net Neutrality Showdown
Washington state yesterday became the first state to pass a net neutrality law that prohibits the blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization of content. While other states have put executive orders in place to try and force providers into following net neutrality guidelines that mirror the Obama-era rules, WA is the first state to enact a law. However, Chairman Ajit Pai’s FCC put a provision in place when it repealed the rules which stated that the agency’s actions preempt state regulations, so it remains unclear which laws will stand if challenged in court. The repeal already faces challenges in court by state Attorneys General, tech companies, advocacy groups, and others. More here.
Latino Coalition Announces Donald Trump As Headliner
The Latino Coalition (TLC) yesterday announced that Donald Trump will headline its Legislative Summit taking place later this week. In a release, TLC said that Trump is expected to deliver keynote remarks about the economy, tax reform, and leadership at home and abroad. The Legislative Summit will also address topics such as infrastructure investment, regulatory rollbacks, and the role women are playing in business. The rest of the lineup includes: Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Congressman Lou Correa (D-CA), and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), among others. More about the Summit here.
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Today, 12P: A lunch and reception honoring CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra. The City Club, South Flower Avenue, 51st. Floor, Los Angeles. RSVP to Elizabeth Tauro, 310.795.3977 or etauro@capstratca.com, or click here to RSVP online.
Today, 5:45PRaúl AlvillarAlex WagnerAdrienne CooperDawn Huckelbridge, Jesse Boateng, and Square One Politics co-host a conversation about the future of progressive politics. Special guests include IL congressional candidate Lauren Underwood and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA). 270 Strategies, 722 12th Street NW, Floor 3. Click here to RSVP
Today, 6:30P: Sherrilyn Ifill, President of the NAACP LDF, and Anthony Thompson, Director of the Center on Race, Inequality and the Law at NYU, discuss the book they co-authored with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and death penalty lawyer Bryan StensonA Perilous Path: Talking Race, Inequality, and the Law. National Press Club, 529 14th Street, N.W. 13th Floor. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets
Today, 7P: The Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Stanford University welcomes NYT Executive Editor Dean Baquet as their third Media Innovator Series Speaker for 2017-2018. Free. Click here for more information and to register.
Wednesday, March 7th, 9A: A breakfast with author Steve Phillips to mark the release of the updated edition of his NYT bestseller, Brown is the New White. 1341 G Street, N.W., 5th Floor. To RSVP, email Daniel Herrera at dherrera@rabengroup.com.
Wednesday, March 7th, 5:30P: An information session to learn about Master’s Programs in Public Policy and Public Administration offered by Harvard Kennedy School. Cannon HOB, Room 234. Presented by Natara Gray, Assistant Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Harvard Kennedy School. Congressman Jimmy Gómez (D-CA) and other alumni will be in attendance. Click here to RSVP
Wednesday, March 7th, 6:30P: A reception and fundraiser for NY congressional candidate Antonio Delgado. 306 3rd Street, S.E. Click here to RSVP or email nolan@delgadoforcongress.com.
Wednesday, March 7th - Saturday, March 10th: The 2018 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit. Orlando, FL. Click here for more information and to register
Thursday, March 8th, 6P: The Too Young to Wed Inaugural Gala on International Women’s Day, celebrating empowered former Boko Haram child brides Ya Kaka and Hauwa, as they share their journey from survivors to advocates. Journalist Ann Curry is among the hosts. Bathhouse Studios, 538 East 11th Street, NYC. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Thursday, March 8th, 6P: The Radio Television Digital News Foundation honors ABC’s Good Morning America's Robin Roberts with the 2018 First Amendment Lifetime Achievement Award. Washington Marriott Marquis, 901 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Friday, March 9th - Saturday, March 10th: The Progressive Caucus Center hosts the 2018 Strategy Summit. Baltimore, MD. Click here to register.
Saturday, March 10th, 9A: Latina Circle’s conference, Amplify: Moving from Intention to Acción. Northeastern University, Boston, MA. Click here for more information and to register.
Saturday, March 10th, 10A: A program to present Full Color Future, a new think tank and advocacy organization committed to changing the narrative about people of color in media, tech, and innovation. Presented by Google, at SXSW. Google Austin, TX Office, 500 West 2nd Street. Click here to RSVP.Saturday, March 10th, 3P: The Raben Group and the Consulate General of Mexico host a panel discussion, Tech and Trade: Modernizing the U.S.-Mexico Partnership for the Digital Age. Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street, Austin, TX. Click here to RSVP.

Sunday, March 11th, 9A: The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historic Park Bus Trip, 4068 Golden Hill Road, Church Creek, MD. Click here for more information and RSVP to dmvblackhistoryfieldtrips@gmail.com.
Tuesday, March 13th, 7P: The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials presents Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) with the 2018 Edward R. Roybal Award for Outstanding Public Service during the organization’s annual Edward R. Roybal Legacy Gala in DC. JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Tuesday, March 13th, 7:30P: National Geographic conversation, “Environmental Justice | What's Next?” Talia BufordRobert BullardJon WaterhouseMustafa Ali, and Adrianna Quintero on how the environmental justice movement must adapt in the face of a changing planet. National Geographic, Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M Street, N.W. Click here for more.
Wednesday, March 14th, 9A: The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute sponsors the CHCI Energy Summit: A World in Transition. Newseum, 5 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Click here for more information
Wednesday, March 14th - Sunday, March 18th: The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation 7th Annual Black Women’s Roundtable Women of Power National Summit: Time for A Power Shift!!! Crystal City Marriott, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Thursday, March 15th, 6P: The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership hosts its headshot happy hour. Local 16, 1602 U Street, N.W. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
Friday, March 16th, 6P: The Greater Washington Urban League celebrates its 80th anniversary at the 46th annual Whitney M. Young, Jr. Gala. Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) will receive the COURAGE UNDER FIRE Impact Leadership Award. Congressman Lewis will also be interviewed by retired AMEX CEO Ken Chenault in a live, one-on-one discussionRonald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Thursday, March 22nd - 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.
Friday, April 6th - Saturday, April 7th: The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) 2018 National Women’s Conference. San Francisco. Click here for more information and to register.
Thursday, April 12th - Sunday, April 15th: The inaugural Black Millennial Political Convention. The gathering aims to increase engagement of Black Millennials in the political sphere and shed a light on policy issues impacting the Black community. Hyatt Regency Hotel. 
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
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
Saturday, July 7th - Tuesday, July 10th: The 2018 UnidosUS annual conference, DC. 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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