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3:05 PM ET, June 19, 2018


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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: Townhall 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 …
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 …
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
From ‘I Alone Can Fix It’ to ‘Change the Laws!’
Discussion: Weekly Standard, Vox and IJR
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.
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
How Anti-Immigration Passion Was Inflamed From the Fringe
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: Raw Story
Up to 1,000 children held by immigration authorities now living in Homestead compound
Discussion: Splinter
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 …
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 …
Carol Morello / Washington Post:   U.S. expected to back away from U.N. Human Rights Council
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
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 …
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.
Shannon Vavra / Axios:
The big picture: Trump's latest Chinese tariffs announcement
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
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.
Willa Frej / HuffPost:
Laura Ingraham Compares Child Immigrant Detention Centers To Summer Camps  —  The Fox News host also quoted an article that likens the centers, some of which keep children in cage-like structures, to boarding school.  —  Fox News host Laura Ingraham criticized the backlash …
Associated Press:
'Don't leave me, Mom': Detainee tells of separation from son  —  SEATTLE (AP) — The call came at mealtime — an anonymous threat demanding $5,000 or her son's life.  —  So Blanca Orantes-Lopez, her 8-year-old boy and his father packed up and left the Pacific surfing town of Puerto La Libertad …
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 …
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.
Isaac Chotiner / Slate:
“Just Me.  The President of the United States, Facing a Mob of Accusers”  —  “It's a role like any other, a coat she puts on when necessary and sheds as soon as she's done, but she can see it's working: the men trying for eye contact, checking the cleavage she's made sure to reveal …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
QAnon, the Crazy Pro-Trump Conspiracy, Melts Down Over OIG Report … A man armed with a rifle and a handgun drove an armored truck to the Hoover Dam last Friday and started blocking traffic.  He brought a homemade sign with him that said, “Release the OIG report.”  —  Except the report was already out.
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,
Trump's 2020 campaign manager calls for firing Jeff Sessions  —  Brad Parscale, President Trump's 2020 campaign manager, tweeted Tuesday that Trump should fire Attorney General Sessions and end the Mueller investigation, calling it “phony.” … Go deeper: Trump's torch-it-all strategy ... Being Jeff Sessions.
Discussion: CNN, Vox and Politico
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
Discussion: ACS Blog, CNN and Fox News Insider
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 …
Discussion: USA Today, CNN, Vox, ThinkProgress, Deadline and KTLA
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Sessions responds to Nazi comparisons: ‘They were keeping the Jews from leaving’  —  on Monday defended the Trump administration's practice of separating parents and children who cross the border illegally from comparisons to the concentration camps of Nazi Germany, saying the Nazis “were keeping the Jews from leaving.”
Discussion: HuffPost, Mother Jones and Townhall
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 …
Associated Press:
Army officially splits with West Point ‘commie cadet’  —  WATERTOWN, N.Y. — The images Spenser Rapone posted on Twitter from his West Point graduation were intentionally shocking: In one, the smirking cadet opens his dress uniform to expose a T-shirt with a blood-red image of socialist icon Che Guevara.
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 …
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Geoffrey Dickens / NewsBusters:
Six Days in June: Nets Flood Broadcasts With 176 Minutes of Separated Kids Coverage
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Senate rejects Trump's plan to lift ZTE export ban
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
IG confirms Comey under investigation over memo handling
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Daily Wire
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
FOIA: DHS Did Not Investigate Hundreds of Civil Rights Abuse Complaints
Discussion: Axios and The Week
Jonathan Blitzer / New Yorker:
In ICE Detention, a Honduran Woman Fears Deportation Without Her Son
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
House Dems Use DOJ IG Hearing To Go After GOP For Child Border Separations
Discussion: Fox News, RedState and HuffPost
Thomas J. Donohue / U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
Separating Children from Families Must End Now
Discussion: BloombergQuint
 Earlier Items: 
Guy Benson / Townhall:
For the Record: Yes, Hillary Clinton Should Have Been Prosecuted for Willful Gross Negligence
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
No Change in House Ballot
Discussion: Political Wire
Jochen Bittner / New York Times:
What Trump Gets Right About Europe
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Migrant kids are ‘child actors,’ Ann Coulter says on Fox News, telling Trump not to be fooled
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Press
Nick Juliano / Politico:
Exclusive: Zinke linked to real estate deal with Halliburton chairman
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Splinter
William Wan / Washington Post:
What separation from parents does to children: ‘The effect is catastrophic’
Discussion: The Guardian and BuzzFeed