Good Wednesday morning.
Situational awareness: "The Trump administration will soon begin fingerprinting parents claiming custody of children who entered the United States illegally without an adult relative, [HHS said yesterday], prompting criticism that children may be abandoned by those who fear being identified and deported. Currently, most parents are not required to be fingerprinted to get custody of their children." (Reuters)
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
There are at least 43 Democratic black women running as challengers for U.S. House seats, but only one — Lauren Underwood, a nurse running in Chicago's western suburbs — has the backing of the national campaign organization, Axios' Alexi McCammond reports:
Be smart: The conversation about the party's support of the black community — both as voters and candidates — is not going away any time soon:
One big challenge: Politics is driven by money. If you're not raising a lot of it, you're viewed as unelectable. But raising money as a first-time candidate and a black woman is often half the battle, candidates told Axios.
"Candidates who hope to win the endorsement of a leading Massachusetts women’s rights group this election cycle should be prepared to answer this question: 'Have you ever been formally accused of sexual harassment? If so, please explain,'" the Boston Globe reports:
"House Republican candidates are blanketing the airwaves with TV ads embracing a hard line on immigration — a dramatic shift from the midterm elections in 2014," USA Today reports:
Why it matters: "The competing messages demonstrate how far apart the two parties are. They’re not just talking about issues differently; they’re touting completely different issues to motivate activists and win hotly contested primaries."
CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta works in Nashville last night as Trump supporters shout toward members of the press before the start of a presidential rally.
There's been lots of coverage of the surge of women running in House races, but it's also true of the Senate.
A record 42 women from major parties are running for 19 seats in the Senate, according to AP:
"Since the release of my book Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth in 2011, I’ve encouraged women to take risks and negotiate their worth from my seat on the news desk to national events."
Officials still don't have an agreed upon number of storm-related casualties from Hurricane Maria, which slammed the island of Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017. A new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Monday, finds a far higher estimate for the actual death toll, 4,645, than the official estimate of just 64, Axios science editor Andrew Freedman reports:
Boston Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert: "ABC played with fire when it brought Roseanne Barr back to TV this year. And the network got burned."
"In the time it took to compose a 53-character tweet, Roseanne Barr went from a hero that ABC was banking upon to unemployed," AP's David Bauder writes:
"Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens [R] ... abruptly announced he is stepping down effective 5 p.m. Friday in the face of an impeachment effort, an adverse judicial ruling and criminal investigations," per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
The N.Y. Times' Peter Baker, "When the President Testified: People in the Room Recall Clinton’s 1998 Interrogation ... The date was Aug. 17, 1998. President Bill Clinton testified before a grand jury. Twenty years later, people in the room and those waiting nearby share their memories":