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2:20 AM ET, June 20, 2018


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Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Youngest migrants held in ‘tender age’ shelters  —  Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three “tender age” shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned.
Karla Zabludovsky / BuzzFeed:   Migrants Hesitate At Border, Fearing For Their Children
Katy Vine / Texas Monthly:   A Pediatrician's View Into a Border Patrol Processing Center
Associated Press:
With eyes on midterms, Trump embraces immigration fight  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Calling the shots as his West Wing clears out, President Donald Trump sees his hard-line immigration stance as a winning issue heading into a midterm election he views as a referendum on his protectionist policies.
The Hill:
Trump vows to stand with House GOP ‘1,000 percent’ on immigration
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Mariam Khan / ABC News:
Senate Republicans buck Trump and back bill to halt immigrant family separations
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Los Angeles Times:   Republicans in Congress look for way out of border crisis as Trump publicly stands his ground
Wall Street Journal:
Michael Cohen Wants Trump to Pay His Legal Fees  —  Former personal lawyer for Trump hires New York attorney Guy Petrillo  —  Michael Cohen has hired New York lawyer Guy Petrillo to represent him in a federal investigation into his business dealings, and has told associates he wants President Donald Trump …
Trump's personal attorney is ‘willing to give info’ about the President  —  Washington (CNN)Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen has signaled to friends that he is “willing to give” investigators information on the President if that's what they are looking for …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Meghan McCain Calls Out First Daughter's Silence on Child Separation: ‘Where Is Ivanka?’  —  On The View this morning, Meghan McCain brought up Ivanka Trump to ask where she's been on this issue of family separation at the border.  —  The outrage over separating children from their parents …
Discussion: The Guardian, HuffPost and The Forward
New York Times:
Criticism of Fox News Comes From Within Murdoch Empire  —  For years, the Murdoch family has been able to maintain a separation between its Fox News network and its sprawling entertainment empire.  —  But that corporate buffer seems to be disintegrating, with several prominent creators …
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 …
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Trump Lawyer Rudy Giuliani to Trump 2020 Campaign Manager Brad Parscale: ‘Keep Quiet’ … Rudy Giuliani would prefer it if his client Donald Trump's political team would stop demanding the president fire his attorney general.  —  “I wish they'd sit back and keep quiet for a while,” Giuliani …
Discussion: Axios, The Guardian, Hot Air and CNBC
Laura Jarrett / CNN:
FBI agent Strzok escorted from FBI building Friday  —  Washington (CNN)FBI agent Peter Strzok was escorted from the FBI building Friday as part of the ongoing internal proceedings at the bureau on his conduct, according to a source familiar with the matter.  —  As of Tuesday, the source said, Strzok is still an FBI employee.
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
Abigail Williams / NBC News:
U.S. withdraws from U.N. Human Rights Council
Discussion: TheBlaze, The Right Scoop and NPR
Benny Johnson / The Daily Caller:
Here Are Horrifying Photos Of Obama's Illegal Alien Facilities The Media Refuses To Show You  —  The media and political class become more and more outraged over the Trump administration's decision to detain and prosecute immigrants illegally crossing the border.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Bloomberg:   Trump's Immigrant Child Detentions Mean $458 Million for Nonprofit
Douglas Hanks / miamiherald:
Eileen Higgins wins Miami-Dade commission seat in upset over Zoraida Barreiro  —  Political newcomer Eileen Higgins won a seat on the Miami-Dade County Commission on Tuesday, defeating the better-funded campaign of the former commissioner's wife to scramble the conventional wisdom …
Discussion: Washington Press
Esther Fung / Wall Street Journal:   Florida Officials Approve Plan to Build Largest U.S. Mall
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
President Trump seems to be saying more and more things that aren't true  —  He's done it on Twitter.  He's done it in the White House driveway.  And he's done it in a speech to a business group.  —  President Trump — a man already known for trafficking in mistruths and even outright lies …
Discussion: Political Wire
Jeff Mordock / Washington Times:
Peter Strzok escorted out of FBI building
Discussion: Power Line and The Gateway Pundit
Elizabeth Zwirz / Fox News:
FBI agent Peter Strzok ‘escorted’ from FBI building, lawyer confirms
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and RedState
Hunter Walker / Yahoo:
Businesses have made millions off Trump's child separation policy  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's controversial child separation policy is being carried out with the help of private businesses who have received millions of dollars in government contracts to help run the shelters …
Discussion: miamiherald and Splinter
Amanda Coletta / Washington Post:
Canada's Senate votes to legalize marijuana  —  TORONTO — Canada's Senate voted on Tuesday to pass the federal government's historic bill legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, clearing the way for the country to become the first advanced industrialized nation to legalize the drug nationwide …
Daniel Dale / Toronto Star:
Donald Trump accuses Canadians of smuggling shoes home from U.S.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer rejects GOP proposal to address border crisis  —  Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer  —  (N.Y.) on Tuesday dismissed a legislative proposal backed by Republican leaders to keep immigrant families together at the border, arguing that President Trump  —  could fix the problem more easily with a flick of his pen.
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 …
CBS News:
Members of Sessions' church accuse him of child abuse for border policies  —  Hundreds of United Methodists have brought church law charges against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is a member of the denomination.  In a June 18 statement, more than 600 members of the denomination …
Discussion:, USA Today, Vox and Washington Press
Daniel Arkin / NBC News:
Over 600 United Methodist clergy, laity file church complaint against Sessions, a Methodist
Discussion: AOL, Mother Jones and HuffPost
Sharyl Attkisson / The Hill:
All the times Horowitz contradicted Wray — but nobody seemed to notice  —  Nine times during their joint testimony before a Senate committee on Monday, Department of Justice Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz contradicted FBI Director Christopher Wray ...  ... but nobody appeared to notice.
Discussion: RedState
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Rise of the Amnesty Thugs  —  Ripping children away from their parents is the most cinematically cruel part of the Trump immigration policy, but it is not the most telling part.  The most telling part is what happened to Ludvin Franco.  —  Franco was an unauthorized immigrant …
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.
Leslie Patton / Bloomberg:
Starbucks Pumps the Brakes in Its Home Market  —  Americans' long-running joke about a Starbucks on every corner may be nearing its end.  —  The coffee behemoth is retrenching in its home market as it contends with sales growth that Chief Executive Officer Kevin Johnson acknowledges isn't fast enough.
Discussion: Business Wire, Breitbart and Daily Wire
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Kerry Picket / The Daily Caller:
Tony Perkins: Sessions Talking To Lawmakers About Using DNA Tests To Verify Parents Of Immigrant Children
Discussion: Breitbart
SOM - State of Michigan:
MDCR Statement on President Trump's Zero Tolerance Policy and its Impact on Michigan
Katie Van Syckle / New York Times:
Meet the Woman Who ‘Really Runs’ the New York Times Newsroom
This News Goes to 11: Media Hype Plays into Trump's Hands
Five US states refuse to deploy National Guard to border amid outcry
Jason Hancock / Kansas City Star:
Governor's lawyer argues texts automatically deleted by app aren't public records
 Earlier Items: 
Casey Michel / ThinkProgress:
Russians and the American right started plotting in 1995. We have the notes from the first meeting.
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Trump's media allies struggle to defend his immigration policy
The Federal Agent Behind A Mysterious Leak Investigation Railed Against “Hyphenated-Americans”
Michael Harriot / The Root:
Watch This White Woman Explain to a Black Woman Why Slavery Wasn't So Bad
Discussion: Raw Story
Fox News:
Manafort in ‘solitary confinement’ to avoid attack by someone intent on ‘street cred,’ Trump ex-lawyer says
Discussion: VICE and Mediaite
Emily Davies /
Hard-Partying Donald Trump Jr. Was Dubbed ‘Diaper Don’ in College, New Book Details
Discussion: Splinter
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
‘Pro-Life,’ Pro-Family Groups Are MIA On Family Separations At The Border