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10:45 AM ET, June 19, 2018


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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: Raw Story, Axios and 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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: MSNBC
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Republicans fret about what family separations will cost them
Discussion: Washington Post, Roll Call and CNN
New York Times:
When Did Caging Kids Become the Art of the Deal?
Discussion: Vox, Splinter, The Atlantic and USA Today
Grace Sparks / CNN:
Majority oppose policy that causes family separation, but Republicans approve
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
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 …
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Kim Jong-un Returns to China, This Time With Leverage
Washington Post:
Trump escalates China trade war, threatens tariffs on $200 billion in products
Discussion: National Review and Reuters
CNBC:   Dow tumbles 400 points, wiping out gain for year, as Trump directs more tariffs at China
Emily Rauhala / Washington Post:   North Korea's Kim makes another trip to China. That complicates things for Trump.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump threatens additional tariffs on $200b worth of Chinese goods
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.
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
From ‘I Alone Can Fix It’ to ‘Change the Laws!’
Discussion: The Hill, Atlanta Black Star and Slate
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
John Kruzel / @politifact:
No, Donald Trump's separation of immigrant families was not Barack Obama's policy
Discussion: Vox, HuffPost and Wall Street Journal
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
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
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
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
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 …
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
Sohrab Ahmari / Commentary Magazine:
The SPLC Has Its Nose Rubbed in the Dirt  —  Belated justice.  —  Few left-wing pressure groups are as vicious and mendacious as the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Founded in 1971, the SPLC today mainly exists to smear opponents of full-spectrum progressivism as “bigots” and “extremists.”
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.
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
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New poll shows close race for U.S. Senate Race in North Dakota
Discussion: NTK Network
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
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Discussion: Instapundit and American Greatness