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5:55 PM ET, June 20, 2018


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Donald J. Trump / The White House:
Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., it is hereby ordered as follows:  —  Section 1.
New York Times:
Trump Plans Executive Order to End Family Separation  —  President Trump is preparing to issue an executive order as soon as Wednesday that ends the separation of families at the border by indefinitely detaining parents and children together, according to a person familiar with the White House plans.
Tresa Baldas / Detroit Free Press:
Torn from immigrant parents, 8-month-old baby lands in Michigan  —  The president of the American Academy of Pediatrics says migrant children being separated from their parents at the border are suffering from child abuse.  Veuer's Elizabeth Keatinge has more.  Buzz60  —  CONNECT
Associated Press:
Homeland Security drafts plan to end family separation  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is drafting an executive action for President Donald Trump that would direct her department to keep families together in detention after they are detained crossing the border illegally …
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Trump admin's ‘tent cities’ cost more than keeping migrant kids with parents  —  Separating migrant kids from their parents will cost the administration more than placing them in permanent structures or keeping them with their parents.  —  WASHINGTON — The cost of holding migrant children …
Washington Post:
Trump reverses course, signs order ending his policy of separating families at the border
The Daily Beast:
Trump Stops Separating Immigrant Families After Claiming He Couldn't
Discussion: Axios, ABC News and Mother Jones
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Michael Bloomberg Will Spend $80 Million on the Midterms.  His Goal: Flip the House  —  Michael R. Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, has decided to throw his political clout and personal fortune behind the Democratic campaign to take control of the House of Representatives this year …
Pew Research Center:
Voters More Focused on Control of Congress - and the President - Than in Past Midterms  —  GOP leads on economy, Democrats on health care, immigration  —  The congressional elections are more than four months away, but voter engagement is high when compared with comparable points in previous midterm cycles.
Erica Werner / Washington Post:
Senate rejects billions in Trump spending cuts as two Republicans vote ‘no’
Discussion: RedState, The Daily Caller and TheBlaze
Grace Sparks / CNN:   CNN Poll: Support for Democrats ticks up and they retain enthusiasm advantage
Mike Bloomberg:
Statement of Mike Bloomberg on the 2018 Midterm Elections
Joe Simonson / The Daily Caller:
Socialist Activist Who Harassed Homeland Security Secretary Works For The Department Of Justice  —  One of the activists who chased Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen out of a Mexican restaurant Tuesday night over the Trump administration's immigration policies is an employee of the Department of Justice …
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Kirstjen Nielsen heckled by protesters at Mexican restaurant.  Other diners applauded them.  —  Protesters entered a Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C., Tuesday evening to heckle Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen.  She appeared to sit quietly with her head …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump and Kirstjen Nielsen's embarrassing surrender on separating families at the border  —  The Trump administration insisted it didn't have a policy of separating children from their parents at the border.  It said that it was merely following the law.  And it said “Congress alone can fix” the mess.
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Nielsen's career forever linked to family border separations  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Fair or not, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will probably always be the face of family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border.  —  The brusque 46-year-old former Bush administration official …
Benjy Sarlin / NBC News:
White House can't get its story straight on family separation. There could be legal consequences.
Discussion: MSNBC
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
DSA Says They're Coming After More Trump Officials After Ruining Kirstjen Nielsen's Dinner
Discussion: IJR, USA Today and Breitbart
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Stephen Actually Enjoys Seeing Those Pictures at the Border”: The West Wing Is Fracturing Over Trump's Callous Migrant-Family Policy  —  Miller gloats and Sanders sulks as the president—oblivious to the moral problem and political consequences—bulls ahead.
Immigrant children forcibly injected with drugs, lawsuit claims  —  President Donald Trump's zero tolerance policy is creating a zombie army of children forcibly injected with medications that make them dizzy, listless, obese and even incapacitated, according to legal filings that show immigrant children …
Eliana Larramendia / ABC News:
Michael Cohen resigns from RNC committee post, sources say  —  Michael Cohen, President Trump's longtime confidant and former personal attorney, has resigned from his post as deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee's Finance Committee, sources close to the RNC told ABC News.
Gray Matters / Houston Chronicle:
Flight attendant: I won't work flights that separate immigrant kids from families  —  For the past 29 years I have been a flight attendant for a major U.S. airline.  Several weeks ago, I worked two flights (one to San Antonio and the other to McAllen) which proved to be two of the most …
Wall Street Journal:
Publisher of National Enquirer Subpoenaed in Michael Cohen Probe  —  Prosecutors eye whether company coordinated with ex-Trump lawyer on payment to bury affair allegation  —  Federal authorities have subpoenaed the publisher of the National Enquirer for records related to its $150,000 payment …
Sherman Smith / Topeka Capital-Journal:
Kobach's office tells counties to keep enforcing proof of citizenship law  —  Sherman Smith sherman_news  —  The elections director for Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach told county clerks in a conference call Tuesday to continue enforcing a proof of citizenship law that a federal judge ruled unconstitutional.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
John Hanna / Associated Press:   APNewsBreak: Kobach sought pardon for VP of corporate donor
Kira Lerner / ThinkProgress:   Kansas secretary of state defies court order, won't register eligible voters
Benny Johnson / The Daily Caller:
Melania Calls Secret Service After Actor Peter Fonda Calls For Barron Trump To Be Kidnapped  —  The Office of the First Lady has notified the Secret Service after actor Peter Fonda called for kidnapping Melania and Donald Trump's son, Barron, The Daily Caller has learned exclusively.
Daily Mail:   Peter Fonda apologizes to Trumps for ‘highly inappropriate and vulgar’ …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Giuliani's act of love sets off GOP furor  —  The bizarre tale of the ex-New York mayor's support for an obscure House candidate in Louisiana.  —  Rudy Giuliani's love life is causing trouble for the White House.  —  In a move that blindsided the West Wing and sent Hill Republicans into a tizzy …
Discussion: Raw Story
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Exclusive: Pope criticizes Trump administration policy on migrant family separation  —  VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has criticized the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant families at the Mexican border, saying populism is not the answer to the world's immigration problems.
Emily Birnbaum / The Hill:
Protesters shut down Portland ICE facility  —  One person was arrested Tuesday after Portland protesters reportedly shut down a facility used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain immigrants.  —  A guard told a woman trying to get into the building that the prison …
Discussion: Washington Press and Splinter
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
REVEALED: Christopher Steele Visited State Department Shortly Before 2016 Election  —  Former British spy Christopher Steele visited the State Department in October 2016 and briefed officials there about his work on the infamous anti-Trump dossier, it was revealed on Wednesday.
Cameron Joseph / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Senate Nominee Cramer Compares Cages For Migrant Kids To Playgrounds  —  Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) pushed back hard on the idea that keeping border-crossing children in chain-link cages was inhumane, defending the practice in two local radio shows on Wednesday.
Bruce Springsteen:
Bruce's Remarks before “The Ghost Of Tom Joad”  —  In response to requests for the text of Bruce's remarks before he performed “The Ghost of Tom Joad” last night, here is a rough transcript:  —  I never believed that people come to my shows, or rock shows to be told anything.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
The Guardian:
US lobbyist for Russian oligarch visited Julian Assange nine times last year  —  It is unclear whether Adam Waldman's 2017 visits had connection to Oleg Deripaska  —  A longtime US lobbyist for the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska visited Julian Assange nine times at the Ecuadorian embassy …
Ali Schmitz /
Stuart man charged with threatening Rep. Brian Mast's children over Trump policy  —  A Stuart man was arrested Tuesday after a federal complaint states he threatened U.S. Rep. Brian Mast's children over the Trump administration's child-separation immigration policy.
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Dems Doing Well in Senate, CD03  —  Trump popular, but not decisive factor  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Incumbent Joe Manchin holds a small lead over GOP challenger Patrick Morrisey in the race for U.S. Senate in the deep red state of West Virginia.  Even though Donald Trump is widely popular …
Discussion: The Week
Hungary passes ‘Stop Soros’ law banning help for migrants  —  The Hungarian parliament has passed new legislation that criminalises lawyers and activists who help asylum seekers.  —  Anyone “facilitating illegal immigration” will face a year in jail.  —  Viktor Orban's government has dubbed …
Discussion: Politico
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Trump Meets With GOP Lawmakers as Outrage Over Family Separation Policy Grows  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump visited House Republicans Tuesday on Capitol Hill amid calls for the administration to end a “zero tolerance” immigration policy that has led to the forced separation of children …
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Emily Stewart / Vox:
Obama finally speaks out on Trump's family separation
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Lawmakers Barred From Talking To Kids At Border Patrol Facilities
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Washington Post:
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Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
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Discussion: America's Voice
Matthew Walther / The Week:
Why Trump country is unfazed by the child separation crisis
Discussion: Hit & Run
Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
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