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8:55 AM ET, June 19, 2018


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Ginger Thompson / ProPublica:
Listen to Children Who've Just Been Separated From Their Parents at the Border  —  Leer en Español.  —  The desperate sobbing of 10 Central American children, separated from their parents one day last week by immigration authorities at the border, makes for excruciating listening.
Wall Street Journal:
The GOP's Immigration Meltdown  —  Restrictionists may cost Republicans their majorities in Congress.  —  Are Republicans trying to lose their majorities in Congress this November?  We assume not, but you can't tell from the party's internal feuding over immigration that is fast becoming …
Discussion: The Week
New York Times:
Forget Tax Cuts.  Trump Wants to Rally G.O.P. Base Over Immigration  —  WASHINGTON — As Republicans try to keep their midterm election strategy focused on the economy, tax cuts and falling unemployment, President Trump sent his clearest signal yet on Monday that he intends to make divisive …
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Republicans fret about what family separations will cost them  —  Senior Republicans on Monday warned President Trump that forcibly separating migrant children from their illegal-immigrant parents was a political loser that could cost the party control of Congress in the midterm elections.
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and Bloomberg
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 …
New York Times:
When Did Caging Kids Become the Art of the Deal?
Discussion: USA Today, CNN, The Hill and Roll Call
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
‘I wanted to stop her crying’: The image of a migrant child that broke a photographer's heart
Discussion:, HuffPost and NPR
Harry Enten / CNN:   Moderate GOP voices on immigration are at risk of a November wipeout in the House
Nielsen becomes face of Trump's border separations  —  The Homeland Security secretary has been seen as weak on enforcement, but on Monday she defended decisions that have left kids warehoused on the border.  —  Kirstjen Nielsen, President Donald Trump's secretary of Homeland Security …
Washington Post:
Trump defiant as crisis grows over family separation at the border  —  The Trump administration's move to separate immigrant families at the border and detain children apart from their parents spiraled into a humanitarian and political crisis Monday as the White House struggled to contain the growing public outcry.
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 …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Joshua Adam Schulte Charged With The Unauthorized Disclosure Of Classified Information And Other Offenses Relating To The Theft Of Classified Material From The Central Intelligence Agency  —  Geoffrey S. Berman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, John C. Demers …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Ex-CIA engineer charged with massive leak to WikiLeaks  —  A former CIA computer engineer has been indicted on charges he masterminded what appears to be the largest leak of classified information in the spy agency's history.  —  Joshua Schulte, 29, was charged in a new grand jury indictment …
Discussion: CNN
Adam Goldman / New York Times:   New Charges in Huge C.I.A. Breach Known as Vault 7
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Ex-CIA employee charged in major leak of agency hacking tools
Huileng Tan / CNBC:
China says the US ‘has initiated a trade war,’ and Beijing isn't afraid to fight back  — China's Commerce Ministry said Tuesday morning that it will take counter measures if the U.S. publishes an additional tariffs list.  — China's Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, said the country …
Discussion: Reuters and HuffPost
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump threatens additional tariffs on $200b worth of Chinese goods
Washington Post:
Trump escalates China trade war, threatens tariffs on $200 billion in products
Discussion: National Review and Reuters
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Kim Jong-un Returns to China, This Time With Leverage
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
Wichita Eagle:
Judge strikes down Kansas voter law, orders Kobach to take classes  —  TOPEKA  —  A federal judge has struck down a Kansas voter citizenship law that Secretary of State Kris Kobach had personally defended.  —  Judge Julie Robinson also ordered Kobach, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor …
Sam Levine / HuffPost:
Federal Judge Strikes Down Kansas Proof Of Citizenship Law
Discussion: Mother Jones and Splinter
New York Times:
How Anti-Immigration Passion Was Inflamed From the Fringe  —  WASHINGTON — Jeff Sessions and Stephen Miller spent years on the political fringe in the nation's capital as high-decibel immigration hard-liners, always warning about the dangers of open borders but rarely in a position to affect law or policy.
Discussion: Political Wire
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
From ‘I Alone Can Fix It’ to ‘Change the Laws!’  —  Nearly two years ago, on July 21, 2016, Donald Trump stood at a lectern in Cleveland and made a solemn vow.  —  “Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it,” he said.  —  To his critics, this line was chilling …
Discussion: Slate, RedState and The Guardian
William Wan / Washington Post:
What separation from parents does to children: ‘The effect is catastrophic’  —  This is what happens inside children when they are forcibly separated from their parents.  —  Their heart rate goes up.  Their body releases a flood of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline.
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Call to suspend Mueller probe was just posturing, Giuliani says  —  President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani said on Monday that he was actually just bluffing last week when he called for Justice Department leaders to suspend special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation within 24 hours.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and HuffPost
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 …
Steve Hendrix / Washington Post:
Bob Dole's final mission  —  Each Saturday, before Bob Dole sets off on his latest vocation, he has cornflakes, a little sugar on top, and a bottle of chocolate Boost.  —  It takes less time to get dressed now that the 94-year-old finally allows a nurse to help him, but it remains a rough half-hour on a body racked by injury and age.
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
Elon Musk emails employees about ‘extensive and damaging sabotage’ by employee  — Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent an e-mail to all employees on Sunday night alleging there was a saboteur within the company's ranks.  — Musk alleged this employee tweaked code on internal products and sent company data out without authorization.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S., South Korea Cancel Major War Game Planned for August  —  Move comes after President Trump's promise at Singapore summit to halt maneuvers on Korean Peninsula  —  WASHINGTON—The Pentagon said Monday that it had agreed with South Korea to cancel an important military exercise …
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Pentagon suspends August military drills with South Korea
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Mike Morken /
New poll shows close race for U.S. Senate Race in North Dakota  —  (Valley News Live) Fargo An exclusive statewide poll by Valley News Live and Mason-Dixon Polling shows, that not even a week after North Dakota's primary, the race for the U.S. Senate is tightening.
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Migrant kids are ‘child actors,’ Ann Coulter says on Fox News, telling Trump not to be fooled  —  In the flourishing world of baseless conspiracy theories, this one, part hoax, part smear, has been having its moment.  —  The idea that people whose experiences speak to some of the consequences …
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Press
Victor Balta / The Guardian:
‘Homophobic and not very clever’: why puto chants haunt Mexican football  —  El Tri's victory over Germany on Sunday was marred by alleged homophobic chanting.  It's a common trend across stadiums in the Americas  —  You can say this for Mexican soccer fans: they've managed to turn …
Discussion: BBC, Daily Wire, NPR and Reuters
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
Impeach Rod Rosenstein  —  How Congress can remind the unelected government it answers to the elected part.  —  The long-awaited showdown between the Justice Department and Congress is finally here.  —  It started late Friday afternoon.  While the rest of the country was parsing …
Harriet Sinclair / Newsweek:
DONALD TRUMP JR. LIKES TWEET SUGGESTING CHILDREN SEPARATED FROM PARENTS AT BORDER ARE CRISIS ACTORS  —  President Donald Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., liked a tweet suggesting that children who had been separated from their parents at the U.S. southern border had been “coached” by liberals, comparing them to crisis actors.
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Sarah Chaney / Wall Street Journal:
Economic Confidence Rises Among Lower-Income Americans
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Trump Is Pushing the 'Devil's Schemes,' Says Gillibrand
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Zinke linked to real estate deal with Halliburton chairman
Sohrab Ahmari / Commentary Magazine:
The SPLC Has Its Nose Rubbed in the Dirt
Matt Johnson /
Our Instinct for In-Group Loyalty
Discussion: National Review
Financial Times:
US Senate blocks F-35 sales to Turkey
Justin Mattingly /
Richmond's J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School — honoring a Confederate — will be renamed for Barack Obama
Discussion: The Week
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George Prayias / The Rush Limbaugh Show:
How the Drive-Bys Peddle Fake Outrage
Discussion: NewsBusters
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Russia cuts Treasury holdings in half as foreigners start losing appetite for US debt
Discussion: Breitbart
Mathieu Gorse / Yahoo:
Spain's new government to remove Franco's remains from mausoleum
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
“Terrified” San Francisco Tourists Shocked By Aggressive Vagrants, Discarded Needles, Dead Bodies
Discussion: Instapundit and American Greatness
Gov. Hickenlooper signs order barring use of state resources to separate immigrant kids from parents
Discussion: Denver Post and Breitbart
Pew Research Center:
Distinguishing Between Factual and Opinion Statements in the News
Discussion: National Review