Sep 12, 2019

DCCC names new executive director after staff shake-up

Lucinda Guinn. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) said in a statement Wednesday that it's chosen Lucinda Guinn as its new executive director — the first Latina to serve in the role.

Why it matters: Per Politico, the appointment of the former EMILY’S List executive comes after more than a month-long search following a mass exodus of senior staffers in July, including former executive director Allison Jaslow, triggering an outcry from Democrats over a lack of diversity at the campaign arm.

The big picture: The DCCC said that the native New Mexican, who grew up in El Paso, has worked on campaigns "up and down the ballot, including managing large Red-to-Blue races and serving as Political Director at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund."

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Updates: George Floyd protests nationwide

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued for a seventh day across the U.S., with President Trump threatening on Monday to deploy the military if the unrest continues.

The latest: Seattle police declared a riot late Monday, tweeting: " Crowd has thrown rocks, bottles and fireworks at officers and is attempting to breach barricades one block from the East Precinct."

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Civil rights leaders blast Facebook after meeting with Zuckerberg

Screenshot of an image some Facebook employees used as part of their virtual walkout on Monday.

A trio of civil rights leaders issued a blistering statement Monday following a meeting with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other top executives to discuss the social network's decision to leave up comments from President Trump they say amount to calls for violence and voter suppression.

Why it matters: While Twitter has flagged two of the president's Tweets, one for being potentially misleading about mail-in ballot procedures and another for glorifying violence, Facebook has left those and other posts up, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg saying he doesn't want to be the "arbiter of truth."

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Cisco, Sony postpone events amid continued protests

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Cisco said Monday night that it is postponing the online version of Cisco Live, its major customer event, amid the ongoing protests that have followed the killing of George Floyd.

Why it matters: Cisco joins Sony, Electronic Arts and Google in delaying tech events planned for this week.