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5:05 AM ET, June 18, 2018


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Laura Bush / Washington Post:
Separating children from their parents at the border ‘breaks my heart’  —  Laura Bush is a former first lady of the United States.  —  On Sunday, a day we as a nation set aside to honor fathers and the bonds of family, I was among the millions of Americans who watched images of children who have been torn from their parents.
Nomaan Merchant / Associated Press:
Hundreds of children wait in Border Patrol facility in Texas  —  McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing.  One cage had 20 children inside.  Scattered about are bottles of water …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Leading Republicans Join Democrats in Pushing Trump to Halt Family Separations  —  WASHINGTON — Leading figures of both parties pressured President Trump on Sunday to halt his administration's practice of separating children from their parents when apprehended at the border …
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Associated Press Uses ‘Cages’ to Describe Chain-Link Partitions in Border Patrol Center  —  The Associated Press published a report Sunday evening describing chain-link partitions within a U.S. Border Patrol facility in McAllen, Texas, as “cages” — while other news organizations described them as “fences.”
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Poll: Republicans Approve of Trump's Family Separation Policy … Nearly every day, voters have been confronted with heart wrenching stories about immigrant children being separated from their parents upon crossing the border into the United States.  —  The president incorrectly blames …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Melania Trump weighs in on her husband's cruel policy.  Where are you, Ivanka?  —  Melania Trump, the most reticent first lady since Pat Nixon, has done an admirable thing.  She has lent her voice to those who oppose the Trump administration's heinous policy of separating migrant children from their parents.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Trump and the Baby Snatchers  —  This was the lead paragraph of a New York Times report last week:  —  “The Trump administration said on Friday that it had separated 1,995 children from parents facing criminal prosecution for unlawfully crossing the border over a six-week period that ended last month …
Discussion: Econlib and Mediaite
Daniella Silva / NBC News:   First lady Melania Trump makes statement on family separations as protests grow
New York Post:
Stop breaking up families at the border  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan says he wants to stop the mass separation of children from their families along the border, but his bid to fix it is pathetic.  And President Trump's claim that Democrats need to change the relevant law is no better.  —  SEE ALSO
Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg:   Paul Ryan Has Sacrificed the Rest of His Principles
John Binder / Breitbart:
Lou Dobbs: If Paul Ryan ‘Deceives’ Trump into DACA Amnesty, GOP Will Lose House Majority
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:
Democrats intensify fight for immigrant children — and bludgeon Trump and Republicans ahead of midterms  —  Democrats expanded their campaign Sunday to spotlight the Trump administration's forced separation of migrant children from their families at the U.S. border, trying to compel a change …
Discussion: HuffPost and NPR
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:   ‘Zero-tolerance policy means zero humanity:’ Democrats decry Trump immigration policy after tour of detention center
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
'I Can't Go Without My Son,' a Mother Pleaded as She Was Deported to Guatemala  —  As a growing number of families are being separated as part of the Trump administration's attempt to control illegal immigration, some parents are being deported before recovering their children.
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
FBI agent removed from Russia probe for anti-Trump texts says he's willing to testify before Congress  —  The FBI agent who was removed from the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign for sending anti-Trump texts intends to testify before the House Judiciary Committee …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Pentagon Puts Cyberwarriors on the Offensive, Increasing the Risk of Conflict  —  WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has quietly empowered the United States Cyber Command to take a far more aggressive approach to defending the nation against cyberattacks, a shift in strategy that could increase …
Kabb / WOAI:
12 immigrants ejected, 5 die after car being chased by Border Patrol crashes  —  BIG WELLS, Texas (KABB/WOAI) - Authorities said five undocumented immigrants are dead following a chase involving Border Patrol agents.  —  Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd said the crash happened off Highway 85 in Big Wells at about noon.
Frank Miles / Fox News:
At least 5 dead after SUV carrying illegal immigrants crashes, sheriff says
Discussion: Townhall
John Fund / National Review:
Trump the Bulldozer  —  The President cows his critics, but he should be careful how much loyalty he demands.  —  Inside the Republican party, President Trump is riding high and his critics seem to be running scared.  He enjoys sky-high approval ratings from voters who identify with the GOP …
National Journal:
The GOP's Rapid Retreat in the Midwest  —  Republicans have abandoned Senate races in states Trump carried, and could lose several key governorships as well.  Trump's boasting of crashing the blue wall is rapidly becoming ancient history.  —  One of the biggest red flags …
Olivia Goldhill / Quartz:
A new study ranks US states in order of psychopathy  —  Sometimes, it can feel like there are psychopaths everywhere.  If you live in the United States, it's now possible to move to less psychopathic environs, thanks to new research ranking 48 contiguous states by psychopathy.
Beth Quimby / Press Herald:
Collins says she opposes family separations at border, but calls Democratic bill to stop them too broad  —  The Republican senator came out against the Trump policy Sunday morning.  —  U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said Sunday she opposes the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children …
Discussion: Splinter and New York Magazine
Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:   GOP fears midterms backlash from breaking up families at the border
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
Steve Bannon: Donald Trump Doesn't Lie, and Never Has ‘To My Knowledge’  —  President Donald Trump doesn't lie and hasn't lied to the American people, said former White House Chief Strategist and Trump campaign manager Steve Bannon Sunday on This Week.  —  Guest host Jon Karl played clips …
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 6-17-18: Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon
Discussion: New York Post, Townhall and Politico
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Discussion: Daily Wire
Noah Berlatsky / NBC News:
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Discussion: Louder With Crowder
NBC 10 Philadelphia:
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Discussion: and Weasel Zippers
Lee Smith / American Greatness:
Trump's Moves With N. Korea Are Nothing Like Obama's With Iran
United States Senator Jeff Flake:
Flake, Collins Press DHS, HHS on Immigration Policies
Discussion: Splinter and Axios
Cary Darling / Houston Chronicle:
Cruz edges out Kimmel in charity basketball game in Houston
Discussion: Daily Wire
George Packer / New Yorker:
Donald Trump Goes Rogue
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Joel Kotkin / Orange County Register:
Patriarchy or no, it's good to have dad around on Father's Day
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Mervosh / New York Times:
A Legal Resident, an Arrest by ICE and Father's Day in Jail
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
New York Times:
Safety Concerns Grow as Inmates Are Guarded by Teachers and Secretaries
Discussion: The Crime Report
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Instead of Trump's propaganda, how about a nice ‘truth sandwich’?
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Nicole Belle / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Where Are The Girls Being Detained By The Trump Administration?
Discussion: Althouse and Hullabaloo
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Slow-moving White House communications shakeup sinks morale
Discussion: Axios
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New York Times:
Corey Stewart, Virginia Senate Nominee, Evokes Trump on Racial Issues
Trump tweets defense of his North Korea summit
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller, AOL and ABC News