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7:45 AM ET, June 23, 2018


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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Vote against the GOP this November  —  Amid the carnage of Republican misrule in Washington, there is this glimmer of good news: The family-shredding policy along the southern border, the most telegenic recent example of misrule, clarified something.  Occurring less than 140 days before elections …
Washington Post:
Arguments, confusion, second-guessing: Inside Trump's reversal on separating migrant families  —  The White House's hastily crafted executive order to end child separations spurred confusion and fights within the federal government, and second-guessing from the president who had demanded the order in the first place.
Exclusive: Navy Document Shows Plan to Erect ‘Austere’ Detention Camps  —  The U.S. Navy is preparing plans to construct sprawling detention centers for tens of thousands of immigrants on remote bases in California, Alabama and Arizona, escalating the military's task in implementing President Donald Trump's …
Brad Heath / USA Today:
DOJ: Trump's immigration crackdown ‘diverting’ resources from drug cases  —  Federal prosecutors warned they were diverting resources from drug-smuggling cases in southern California to handle the flood of immigration charges brought on by the Trump administration's border crackdown, records obtained by USA TODAY show.
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
An utterly disastrous week for Donald Trump  —  Washington (CNN)Fresh off one of the best — or, at the very least, most consequential — weeks of his presidency, Donald Trump just experienced one of his worst weeks in the White House.  —  The week was totally defined by the botched handling …
Eliza Relman / Business Insider:
Young Trump staffers are complaining they can't date in DC because everyone hates them  — Young Trump administration staffers are having a hard time dating in Washington, one of the most Democratic cities in the country.  — Even after leaving their administration jobs …
Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
Trump autographed photos of deceased crime victims for White House ‘Angel Families’ event  —  President Donald Trump appears to have autographed photos of deceased young people that were featured at a White House event Friday highlighting victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants.
Alex Parker / RedState:
Trump to GOP: Forget it — Immigration Reform Requires the Coming Red Wave
Discussion: Washington Post, Power Line and CNN
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The original source for Trump's claim of 63,000 immigrant murders?  Bad data from Steve King in 2005.  —  All right.  Settle in for a bit and maybe swipe over to the calculator app on your phone.  We're about to go on quite a numeric roller coaster ride.  —  President Trump shifted …
Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
More Americans Blame Undocumented Parents Than Trump For Family Separations  —  The White House has managed to dodge a lot of blame for a deeply unpopular policy.  —  The Trump administration's contradictory responses to the outrage over its family separation policy may have clouded public opinion …
Discussion: New York Times
New York Times:
Why Are Parents Bringing Their Children on Treacherous Treks to the U.S. Border?  —  President Trump hopes to deter the flow of migrants into the United States, but near the busy border crossing in Arizona, some said that the threat of separation from their children would not deter them.
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Mueller signals outside prosecutors may eventually take over Russian trolls case  —  A handful of new federal prosecutors have joined one of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's cases — an indication that he is preparing to hand off at least one prosecution to others when his office completes …
Discussion: emptywheel
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Mueller seeks September sentencing for Papadopoulos
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Mention of Trump campaign may be off the table at Manafort trial
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Mark Sanford / Washington Post:
I lost because I wasn't Trump enough.  All Republicans should worry.  —  Mark Sanford, a Republican, represents South Carolina's 1st Congressional District in the House of Representatives.  —  They say elections have consequences, and if this is so, we should all be concerned over the recent primary along the coast of South Carolina.
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Trump's false portrayal of his Sanford insult goes largely unchallenged by House Republicans: 'It wasn't a big deal'
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Just Security:
Detention of Migrant Families as “Deterrence”: Ethical Flaws and Empirical Doubts  —  Everyone knew that separating children was about deterrence, using them as pawns in a grownups' game to send a message that those seeking to migrate to the United States should stay out.
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
The four times Trump signed tax returns for his foundation that contained incorrect information  —  For years, President Trump personally signed the tax returns for his charitable foundation, scrawling his signature just below a stern warning from the IRS: Providing false information could lead to “penalties of perjury.”
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Britain Has a Russia Collusion Scandal Now.  It Looks Exactly Like Trump's.  —  The most important thing to understand about the Russia scandal is that it perfectly fits a clear pattern of behavior.  What Vladimir Putin is accused of doing to help Donald Trump win the presidency …
Jon Hernandez / CBC News:
Jogger accidentally crosses U.S. border from B.C., gets detained for 2 weeks by authorities  —  Cedella Roman, visiting mom from France, says border patrol held her for crossing into Blaine, Wash.  —  Cedella Roman says she was jogging along the beach in White Rock, B.C., when she crossed the U.S. border without realizing it.
Discussion: VICE
Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
Man charged in bike path killings speaks in court of ‘Allah’  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The man charged with murdering eight people on a New York City bike path and injuring many more spoke out in court Friday over a prosecutor's objection, invoking “Allah” and defending the Islamic State.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Can the Border Patrol ask for your papers?  This tool shows if you're in the ‘border zone.’  —  The government's crackdown on illegal immigration came to an unexpected place on Wednesday: central Maine — about as far from the border with Mexico as it is possible to get.
The Daily Beast:
Trump Reaffirms North Korean Nuclear Threat After Saying It Was Gone  —  President Donald Trump told Congress in a letter on Friday that North Korea's “provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions...continue to constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat” to the United States.
Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix Fires PR Chief After Use of N-Word in Meeting (Exclusive)  —  The streaming giant is letting its top spokesperson go after six years in the role.  —  Netflix is letting go of its top communications spokesman.  —  Jonathan Friedland, who's served as the streaming giant's chief communications officer …
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Donald Trump and the 1930s playbook: liberal democracy comes unstuck  —  “I really don't care.  Do u?” said graffiti on the back of Melania Trump's coat as she boarded the plane for Texas to visit encaged child migrants.  No one, except Donald Trump, who tweeted that her garb was meant as a criticism of the …
Erin Banco / New Jersey Online:
Trump Organization and Kushner Companies sever ties on N.J. business deals  —  Kushner Companies and the Trump Organization are calling it quits on two hotel business deals in New Jersey, according to a source familiar with the matter and a recently published story by The New York Times.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans' Certainty About Voting This Year Starting Off Low  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fifty-six percent of U.S. adults are currently “absolutely certain” they will vote in the November elections for Congress.  That's on the low side in Gallup's trend of final pre-election midterm polls since 1954 …
Eric Russell / Press Herald:
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate from Maine arrested at Texas child detention center  —  Zak Ringelstein, who is challenging U.S. Sen. Angus King, had traveled to McAllen, Texas, with supplies he said he wanted to deliver to children separated from their parents.
Discussion: Daily Wire and Law & Crime
Dan Diamond / Politico:
HHS creates task force to reunify migrant families  —  HHS on Friday created an “unaccompanied children reunification task force,” a first step toward reunifying thousands of migrant children in the agency's custody with their families, according to an internal document obtained by POLITICO.
Discussion: Axios
The ‘New York Times’ Invites You to Fight Fake News with This $300 T-Shirt  —  The Gray Lady teamed up with a Japanese streetwear company to sell you woke merch.  —  Screenshot via Sacai/Saks Fifth Avenue  —  In the post-truth era, many are wondering how to fight the epidemic of fake news.
Discussion: Mediaite
Elizabeth Hewitt / VTDigger:
For second year, Sanders earns more than $1M  —  WASHINGTON — For the second year in a row, Sen. Bernie Sanders' income topped seven figures.  —  A recent financial disclosure report shows the junior Vermont senator made nearly $1.06 million in 2017.  Most of his income — $885,767 …
Associated Press:
Trump pushes back against border separation uproar  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump tried to cast doubt Friday on wrenching tales of migrant children separated from their families at the border, dismissing “phony stories of sadness and grief” while asserting the real victims …
Peter Stone / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Inside the Ukraine peace plan in Mueller probe: More authors, earlier drafting than believed  —  A controversial peace plan for Ukraine and Russia that has drawn headlines and scrutiny from Special Counsel Robert Mueller was initially devised in early 2016 with significant input from an ex-congressman …
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Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Donald Trump and the 1930s playbook: liberal democracy comes unstuck   Find
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
President Trump, Deal Maker? Not So Fast   Find
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Britain Has a Russia Collusion Scandal Now. It Looks Exactly Like Trump's.   Find
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Sidney Powell / The Daily Caller:
The FBI DELIBERATELY IGNORED ‘Golden Emails,’ Crucial Abedin Messages And More
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Voting machine vendor treated election officials to trips to Vegas, elsewhere
Discussion: Reuters
Adolfo Flores / BuzzFeed:
500 Children Separated From Their Parents Under Trump's “Zero Tolerance” Policy Have Been Reunited
Discussion: CNN and Mother Jones
Raina Lipsitz / The Nation:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Fights the Power
Ryan Park / New York Times:
The Last of the Tiger Parents
Emily Alpert Reyes / Los Angeles Times:
Garcetti says L.A. can resume disputed ban on overnight sidewalk sleeping
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Wear / TIME:
Don't Quit the Republican Party. Stay and Fight
Discussion: Slate
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Facebook Built A New Team To Spot Problems Before They Arise
GOP nominee who railed against diversity also called Kwanzaa ‘phony,’ made anti-Muslim comments
Discussion: Raw Story
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
After Nevada GOP push, Treasury quietly changed lucrative policy benefiting one county
Discussion: Raw Story
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:
“The Images Are Out of His Control”: How Trump Lost His Grip on the Child-Detention Narrative
Tom Embury-Dennis / The Independent:
Italy's deputy PM Salvini called for ‘mass cleansing, street by street, quarter by quarter’ …
Discussion: The Guardian
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Steve King singles out Somali Muslims over pork
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite