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4:20 PM ET, June 19, 2018


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McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
The Outrage Over Family Separation Is Exactly What Stephen Miller Wants  —  When the news stories began to surface last month of sobbing young migrant children being forcibly removed from their parents at the border, many close White House watchers instantly suspected Stephen Miller was behind it.
Aviya Kushner / The Forward:
‘INFEST’ — The Ugly Nazi History of Trump's Chosen Verb About Immigrants
Discussion: Raw Story and Boing Boing
Washington Post:
Trump is defiant as border crisis escalates, prepares to lobby House GOP on immigration bills
Discussion: The Atlantic and New York Times
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Two charts demolish the notion that immigrants here illegally commit more crime
Discussion: The Daily Caller, ThinkProgress and AOL
New York Times:
How Anti-Immigration Passion Was Inflamed From the Fringe
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Meghan McCain Calls Out First Daughter's Silence on Child Separation: ‘Where Is Ivanka?’
Discussion: Washington Post, Vox and ThinkProgress
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Exclusive: US officials likely lost track of nearly 6,000 unaccompanied migrant kids  —  WASHINGTON  —  The Trump administration has likely lost track of nearly 6,000 unaccompanied migrant children, thousands more than lawmakers were alerted to last month, according to a McClatchy review of federal data.
Discussion: Axios, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
A reporter at the White House decided to play the audio of children sobbing.  Somebody had to.  —  Olivia Nuzzi had no plans of playing the heart-rending audio of Central American children crying for their parents when she arrived in the White House briefing room Monday.
Salvador Rizzo / Washington Post:
The facts about Trump's policy of separating families at the border  —  “I hate the children being taken away.  The Democrats have to change their law.  That's their law.”  —  “We have the worst immigration laws in the entire world.  Nobody has such sad, such bad and actually, in many cases …
Former U.S. Attorneys:
Bipartisan Group of Former United States Attorneys Call on Sessions to End Family Separation  —  Dear Attorney General Jefferson B. Sessions:  —  We write as former United States Attorneys who have served under both Republican and Democratic Presidents.  Like the majority of Americans …
Nick Wadhams / Bloomberg:
U.S. Plans to Withdraw From UN Human Rights Council Today  — Haley has said panel wages ‘pathological’ anti-Israel campaign  — U.K.'s Johnson has said council is flawed but has value  —  The Trump administration plans to announce its withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council …
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:   Sens. McCain, Coons urge Trump to withdraw migration nominee
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Trump loses temper over border wall funding  —  The president complained in a private meeting that Senate Republicans won't fully fund his wall — and threatened a shutdown in September.  —  President Donald Trump is getting frustrated with his administration's own demands for border wall funding.
Discussion: National Review, Townhall and Raw Story
Nielsen becomes face of Trump's border separations
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Buyers tied to Russia, former Soviet republics paid $109 million cash for Trump properties  —  WASHINGTON  —  Aleksandr Burman, a Ukrainian who engaged in a health care scheme that cost the federal government $26 million and was sentenced to a decade in prison, paid $725,000 cash for a condo …
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Erik Prince: I ‘Cooperated’ With Mueller … Erik Prince, the founder of private security company Blackwater, has found himself embroiled in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.  —  During the campaign …
Discussion: Raw Story
George Takei / Foreign Policy:
‘At Least During the Internment ...’ Are Words I Thought I'd Never Utter  —  I was sent to a camp at just five years old — but even then, they didn't separate children from families  —  Imagine this scene: Tens of thousands of people, mostly families with children, are labeled by the government …
Eric Boehlert / Shareblue Media:
Jeff Sessions' own church charges him with child abuse
CBS News:
Members of Sessions' church accuse him of child abuse for border policies
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
Breaking: Michael Cohen, Holding His Cards Close to the Vest, Has Hired a New Lawyer  —  The president's former attorney, who parted with his lawyers last week, has now hired Guy Petrillo, who served as the chief of the criminal division in the S.D.N.Y. from 2008 to 2009.  —  BY - EMILY JANE FOXJune 19, 2018,
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Former ICE Director: Some migrant family separations are permanent  —  “You could be creating thousands of immigrant orphans in the U.S.,” said ex-Acting Director John Sandweg.  —  WASHINGTON — The former head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told NBC News that migrant parents separated …
Rudy Giuliani Says FBI Questioned Him On Leaks That Hurt Clinton Campaign  —  Trump's lawyer says he talked with two FBI agents in his suite at the Trump International Hotel in D.C.  —  WASHINGTON Rudy Giuliani says FBI agents interviewed him in his room at the Trump International Hotel earlier …
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
How the Koch Brothers Are Killing Public Transit Projects Around the Country  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A team of political activists huddled at a Hardee's one rainy Saturday, wolfing down a breakfast of biscuits and gravy.  Then they descended on Antioch, a quiet Nashville suburb, armed with iPads full of voter data and a fiery script.
Discussion: New Republic
Don Junior cancels fundraiser with Bush son  —  Donald Trump Jr. and George P. Bush had formed an unlikely alliance despite their fathers, Donald Trump and Jeb Bush, loathing each other — with Don Jr. backing George P. in his re-election campaign for Texas land commissioner …
Dow tumbles 400 points, wiping out gain for year, as Trump directs more tariffs at China  —  Stocks fell sharply on Tuesday after President Donald Trump's latest threat to China increased fears of an impending trade war between the world's largest economies.
Discussion: Breitbart
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Laura Ingraham: Migrant child detention centers ‘essentially summer camps’  —  Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Monday described the child detention facilities housing immigrant youth as “essentially summer camps.”  —  Ingraham's comments come amid growing outcry over the Trump administration's policy …
Wall Street Journal:
Michael Cohen Called In Loan While Seeking Funds to Pay Stormy Daniels  —  Trump's former personal lawyer filed to foreclose on $3.8 million loan to French investor in October 2016  —  Michael Cohen took aggressive steps to collect on a multimillion-dollar debt in October 2016 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Lia Eustachewich / New York Post:
New Yorker fact-checker under fire after mistaking ICE worker's tattoo for Nazi symbol  —  A Harvard-educated fact-checker for the New Yorker is being excoriated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency for “baselessly slandering” a Marine veteran — by falsely accusing him of having a Nazi tattoo, according to reports.
Mike McIntire / New York Times:
Commerce Secretary Shorted Stock as Negative Coverage Loomed  —  Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross Jr. shorted stock in a shipping firm — an investment tactic for profiting if share prices fall — days after learning that reporters were preparing a potentially negative story about his dealings with the Kremlin-linked company.
Gabriel Malor / The Federalist:
Democrats' Border Separation Bill Would Let Nearly All Parents Who Commit Federal Crimes Get Off Scot-Free  —  Every Senate Democrat has signed on to cosponsor a bill written so carelessly that it does not distinguish between foreign children at the border and U.S. citizen children.
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Clinton Emails: What the IG Report Refuses to Admit  —  The fix was in.  —  Despite the sprawl of Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz's 568-page report on the Clinton-emails investigation, there is precious little discussion of the most important issue …
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
‘Pro-Life,’ Pro-Family Groups Are MIA On Family Separations At The Border  —  “We refrain from public comment on immigration,” said the president of SBA List, whose mission is to “encircle the vulnerable ones who need us.”  —  WASHINGTON Conservative groups that promote themselves as …
Erik Wasson / Bloomberg:
House GOP Unveils Budget to Fast-Track Tax Cuts, End Obamacare  — Republicans aim to energize base with $8 trillion spending cut  — Democrats see Obamacare defense as key to winning back House  —  House Republicans unveiled a 2019 budget proposal Tuesday to send a message …
USA Today:
Donald Trump is wrong.  My client Peter Strzok is a patriot, not a ‘sick loser.’  —  Donald Trump is attacking Peter Strzok, the FBI and the Justice Department in order to pre-emptively discredit the results of Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.  —  CONNECT
Sam Lavigne:
Downloading the profiles of everyone on LinkedIn who works for ICE  —  As ICE continues to ramp up its inhumane surveillance and detention efforts, I believe it's important to document what's happening, and by whom, in any way we can.  —  To that end, I've downloaded and made available the profiles of …
Discussion: Motherboard
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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Kevin Costner Condemns Trump's Border Separation Policy: 'I'm Not Recognizing America Right Now'
Discussion: Breitbart
Santiago Pérez / Wall Street Journal:
Mexico Criticizes U.S. Over Policy Removing Immigrant Children From Parents
Discussion: Raw Story
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:
Mike Huckabee Praised Qatar Without Revealing He Was Paid $50,000 by Qatar
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Guatemalan asylum-seeker sues Trump administration for taking her 7-year-old son …
The Onion /
Stephen Miller Furious At ProPublica For Only Releasing 7-Minute Recording Of Immigrant Children Sobbing
Discussion: The Onion
Isabel Vincent / New York Post:
Why Canadians will never give up American products
Discussion: Breitbart
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Feds don't plan to call reporters in trial of ex-Senate aide accused of lying in leak probe
Discussion: Axios
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Trump treks to Capitol Hill as immigration firestorm rages
Discussion: ABC News and Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
'Don't leave me, Mom': Detainee tells of separation from son
Geoffrey Dickens / NewsBusters:
Six Days in June: Nets Flood Broadcasts With 176 Minutes of Separated Kids Coverage
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
DHS Did Not Investigate Hundreds of Civil Rights Abuse Complaints, Documents Reveal
Discussion: Axios and The Week
Isaac Chotiner / Slate:
“Just Me. The President of the United States, Facing a Mob of Accusers”
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
QAnon, the Crazy Pro-Trump Conspiracy, Melts Down Over OIG Report
Jochen Bittner / New York Times:
What Trump Gets Right About Europe
Nick Juliano / Politico:
Exclusive: Zinke linked to real estate deal with Halliburton chairman
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Splinter