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9:40 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 …
Discussion: Axios and POLITICUSUSA
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 …
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Family separation policy starts dividing Republicans  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The emotional policy of separating children from their parents is also starting to divide Republicans and their allies as Democrats turn up the pressure.  —  Former first lady Laura Bush called the policy “cruel” …
Discussion: CNN
Nick Cumming-Bruce / New York Times:
U.N. Rights Chief Tells U.S. to Stop Taking Migrant Children From Parents  —  GENEVA — The United Nations' top human rights official on Monday entered the mounting furor over the Trump administration's policy of separating undocumented immigrant 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: Boing Boing, Econlib and Mediaite
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
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Leading Republicans Join Democrats in Pushing Trump to Halt Family Separations
Washington Post:
Democrats intensify fight for immigrant children — and bludgeon Trump and Republicans ahead of midterms
Discussion: HuffPost and Talking Points Memo
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Melania Trump weighs in on her husband's cruel policy. Where are you, Ivanka?
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:   ‘Zero-tolerance policy means zero humanity:’ Democrats decry Trump immigration policy after tour of detention center
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
What do Republicans suspect really happened in the FBI Trump-Russia investigation?  —  The struggle to uncover the FBI's conduct in the Trump-Russia probe has made some congressional investigators deeply suspicious of the bureau.  But what do those investigators think the FBI actually …
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
FBI agent removed from Russia probe for anti-Trump texts says he's willing to testify before Congress
Jennifer Palmieri / Washington Post:   A former campaign staffer on the ironies in the Inspector General's report.
Stanley B. Greenberg / New York Times:
Riling Up the Base May Backfire on Trump  —  Political commentators and strategists write with some awe of President Trump's outrageous, gutsy strategy of ginning up his base with one more attack on black athletes, one more crackdown on Central American mothers and children on the Mexican border …
Washington Examiner:
Don't become the party of Trump  —  “Complacency is our enemy,” Republican National Committee Chairman Ronna McDaniel wrote on Twitter on Thursday morning.  “ Anyone that does not embrace the @realDonaldTrump agenda of making America great again will be making a mistake.”
John Fund / National Review:   Trump the Bulldozer  —  The President cows his critics …
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Kim Jong Un More Popular Than Pelosi Among Republicans: Exclusive Poll Results … Self-identified Republicans now have a marginally more favorable view of Kim Jong Un than they do for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), according to a new Ipsos poll done exclusively for The Daily Beast.
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
Dana Branham / Dallas Morning News:
Texas deputy accused of sexually assaulting 4-year-old threatened her mother with deportation, sheriff says  —  A Texas sheriff's deputy accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl threatened the victim's mother into staying quiet about the assaults, authorities said Sunday.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
David Siders / Politico:
Shell-shocked Democrats regroup in Wisconsin  —  Donald Trump's stunning 2016 victory in the state sparked an urgent recovery mission.  —  OSHKOSH, Wis. — Donald Trump's romp through white, working class America in 2016 was nowhere more traumatic for Democrats than in Wisconsin …
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
The Dream and the Nightmare of Globalization  —  After World War II, only the United States possessed the capital, the military, freedom, and the international good will to arrest the spread of global Stalinism.  To save the fragile postwar West, America was soon willing to rebuild and rearm war-torn former democracies.
Lee Smith / American Greatness:   Trump's Moves With N. Korea Are Nothing Like Obama's With Iran
Lucy Handley / CNBC:
Four in 10 people have deleted a social media account in the past year due to privacy worries, study says  —  There is a serious lack of trust in social media such as Facebook and Twitter and consumers expect brands that advertise on such platforms to urgently find solutions, according to research published Monday.
Michal Kranz / Business Insider France:
Meet Stephen Miller, the 32-year-old White House adviser who convinced Trump to start separating migrant children from their parents at the border  —  White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller has been identified as the driving force behind the Trump administration's “zero tolerance” …
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Nation
Ilya Somin / Reason:
“Enforcing the Law” Doesn't Justify Separating Migrant Children from their Parents  —  The Trump administration recently adopted a “zero tolerance” policy under which undocumented immigrants apprehended by federal officials are forcibly separated from their children.
Discussion: Raw Story, KTLA and CNN
Daniella Silva / NBC News:   First lady Melania Trump makes statement on family separations as protests grow
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Joe Parkin Daniels / The Guardian:
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Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Rolf Boone / thenewstribune:
Armed man dead, 2 injured in shooting at Tumwater Walmart
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Wire
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump's go-to excuse
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
He was fired 10 months ago, but Stephen K. Bannon has won
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Stephanie Miner to Make Independent Bid to Challenge Gov. Cuomo
 Earlier Items: 
Pope Francis says abortion to avoid birth defects is similar to Nazi crimes
Discussion: Daily Wire
Noah Berlatsky / NBC News:
This Father's Day, men are experiencing a crisis of masculinity. The solution? More feminism.
United States Senator Jeff Flake:
Flake, Collins Press DHS, HHS on Immigration Policies
Discussion: Townhall, Splinter and Axios
Cary Darling / Houston Chronicle:
Cruz edges out Kimmel in charity basketball game in Houston
Discussion: Daily Wire
National Journal:
The GOP's Rapid Retreat in the Midwest
George Packer / New Yorker:
Donald Trump Goes Rogue
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Instead of Trump's propaganda, how about a nice ‘truth sandwich’?
Discussion: Hullabaloo