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2:35 PM 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.
Jonathan Blitzer / New Yorker:
The Government Has No Plan for Reuniting the Immigrant Families It Is Tearing Apart  —  A few days ago, Emily Kephart, a program coördinator at an immigrant-rights group called Kids in Need of Defense, set out to try to find a six-year-old Guatemalan girl who had been separated from her father …
Discussion: First Draft
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Facing outcry over family separations, DHS chief says, ‘We will not apologize’  —  Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen pushed back Monday at the growing condemnation of her agency's practice of separating migrant families at the border, telling a gathering of law enforcement officers, “We will not apologize for the job we do.”
New York Times:
Trump Repeats Assertion That Democrats Are to Blame for Separating Children at Border  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump remained resistant on Monday in the face of growing public outcry over his administration's policy of separating children from their parents at the border …
Marc Fortier / NBC10 Boston:   Gov. Charlie Baker Won't Send National Guard to Border, Citing ‘Cruel and Inhumane’ Actions of Trump Administration
Amanda McGowan /
Baker Cancels National Guard Deployment To Border, Citing ‘Inhumane’ Treatment Of Children And Families
Discussion: Breitbart and ThinkProgress
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Poll: Republicans Approve of Trump's Family Separation Policy
Nick Cumming-Bruce / New York Times:
U.N. Rights Chief Tells U.S. to Stop Taking Migrant Children From Parents
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
Justice Kennedy Still Won't Rule on Gerrymandering  —  Justice Hamlet lives.  —  For years, those who'd like the Supreme Court to rein in partisan gerrymanders have been teeing up cases with various theories to try to get Justice Anthony Kennedy, the swing Justice, to agree that sometimes …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court sidesteps decision on partisan gerrymandering in rulings on Wisconsin, Maryland cases  —  The Supreme Court on Monday sidestepped a decision on when partisan gerrymandering goes too far, ruling against the challengers of a Republican-drawn map in Wisconsin and a Democratic redistricting in Maryland.
Discussion: ABC News, The Week and Political Wire
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court Sidesteps Major Legal Issues in Gerrymandering Cases
Discussion: Mother Jones
Supreme Court sidesteps partisan gerrymandering cases, let maps stand for now
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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.
Jim Norman / Gallup:
Satisfaction With U.S. Direction Reaches 12-Year High  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thirty-eight percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the United States today, similar to last month's 37% satisfaction rate but marking the numerical high since a 39% reading in September 2005.
Discussion: Townhall, RedState and NTK Network
Senator Ben Sasse:
Many Nebraskans this weekend asked me about the kids at the border.  Here's a short version of what I told them.  This is a bit over-simplified, but these are broad brushstrokes of how I understand the situation at present:  —  1) Family separation is wicked.
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Lies, China And Putin: Solving The Mystery Of Wilbur Ross' Missing Fortune  —  Amid President Trump's headaches confirming cabinet secretaries, from neophyte Rex Tillerson to conflict-prone Scott Pruitt to unprepared Betsy DeVos, all of whom squeezed through, Wilbur Ross was a tonic.
Jack Crowe / National Review:
SPLC Apologizes, Pays Settlement to Islamic Reformer It Wrongly Labeled ‘Anti-Muslim Extremist’
Discussion: Jihad Watch
The Daily Beast:   SPLC Pays $3.3 Million Settlement to Counter-Extremism Group It Called ‘Anti-Muslim’
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: VICE News, Law & Crime and Raw Story
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
Deputy accused of sexually assaulting girl, 4, threatening to have mother deported if she spoke up
Erik Ortiz / NBC News:   Texas deputy sexually assaulted undocumented immigrant's child, sheriff says
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Norman Pearlstine Named Editor of The Los Angeles Times  —  LOS ANGELES — Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, the billionaire biotech executive who on Monday officially took ownership of The Los Angeles Times, named Norman Pearlstine as the newspaper's new executive editor as he seeks to restore the newspaper's morale.
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Veteran journalist Norman Pearlstine named executive editor of the Los Angeles Times
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 …
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.”
Stanley B. Greenberg / New York Times:   Riling Up the Base May Backfire on Trump
A Top Trump Aide Worked In Libya With Key Backers Of An Alleged “Sex Cult”  —  Joe Hagin saw Libyan expatriate Basit Igtet as a golden goose.  Igtet was more than that.  —  Reporting From Washington, DC  —  Joseph Whitehouse Hagin, President Donald Trump's deputy chief of staff for operations …
Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic:
The End of Civil Rights  —  he fires on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, had barely stopped burning when the Department of Justice released an extraordinary report on the city's police department.  In the findings of the 2015 investigation of the Ferguson Police Department …
Michael Hawthorne / Chicago Tribune:
Trump Tower, one of largest users of Chicago River water, has never met EPA rules for protecting fish, records show  —  A view of Trump International Hotel & Tower from across the Chicago River on June 6, 2018.  (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)  —  Fishing piers and floating gardens welcome anglers …
Discussion: Raw Story
Trent Baker / Breitbart:
Coulter Warns Trump on Immigration, Border: 'Don't Fall for the Actor Children'  —  Sunday on Fox News Channel's “The Next Revolution,” conservative commentator and author Ann Coulter advised President Donald Trump not to “fall for the actor children” at the border and cited …
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Attention, Democrats and Donors: Defend Mueller Now—or Kiss Your Country Goodbye … I Google-Newsed “defending Robert Mueller” just to see what came up and who's been doing it lately.  Result?  It would appear that the highest-profile defender of the special counsel over the past two weeks …
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Dan Stamm / NBC 10 Philadelphia:
Ed Rendell — Former Pa. Governor, Former Philly Mayor, Lifelong Political Icon — Is Fighting Parkinson's
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
Donald Trump's Deep State
Discussion: The Week and Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Trump Picks Economic Winners, Guided by Nostalgia
Jack Heretik / Washington Free Beacon:
Dem Congressional Candidate Amy McGrath Compares Trump's Election Victory to 9/11
Discussion: IJR and The Daily Caller
Yoka Verdoner / The Guardian:
Nazis separated me from my parents as a child. The trauma lasts a lifetime
Discussion: Shakesville and Raw Story
Angela Moon / Yahoo:
Americans grapple with recognizing facts in news stories: Pew survey
 Earlier Items: 
Lev Facher / STAT:
Empty desks, squabbles, inexperienced staff: Exactly who is coordinating White House drug policy?
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
RFK Jr. sent secret memo asking to ban ExxonMobil
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Michal Kranz / Business Insider France:
Meet Stephen Miller, the 32-year-old White House adviser who convinced Trump to start separating …
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
He was fired 10 months ago, but Stephen K. Bannon has won
Discussion: New Republic
Olivia Goldhill / Quartz:
A new study ranks US states in order of psychopathy
New York Post:
Stop breaking up families at the border
Discussion: NBC News and New York Magazine