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10:00 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
Eliana Johnson / Politico:   The day Trump caved  —  In the face of protests at airports across …
Associated Press:
Homeland Security drafts plan to end family separation
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Trump admin's ‘tent cities’ cost more than keeping migrant kids with parents
Daniella Silva / NBC News:
Foster mom on trauma of separated migrant children: ‘They are coming crying, almost hysterical’
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.
New York Times:
In Trump's America, the Conversation Turns Ugly and Angry, Starting at the Top  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has railed against undocumented immigrants in recent days, branding many of them “murderers and thieves” who want to “infest our country.”  Not long ago, he referred to them as …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights
Discussion: Washington Press, NPR and Mother Jones
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 …
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:   Nielsen's career forever linked to family border separations
Benjy Sarlin / NBC News:
White House can't get its story straight on family separation. There could be legal consequences.
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 …
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 …
Bart Jansen / USA Today:
American, Frontier, Southwest and United airlines refuse to transport immigrant children separated …
Discussion: Vox, ThinkProgress and NPR
New York Daily News:   De Blasio: 239 immigrant children separated at border are in East Harlem
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 …
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.
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.
Grace Sparks / CNN:
CNN Poll: Support for Democrats ticks up and they retain enthusiasm advantage
Discussion: Political Wire
The Intercept:
Scott Pruitt Has Spent a Total of $4.6 Million on Security, New Disclosures Show — Including $1,500 on “Tactical Pants”  —  Scandal-plagued Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has now spent more than $4.6 million from public coffers on security, according to documents obtained …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Michelle Hackman / Wall Street Journal:
White House to Propose Merging Education, Labor Departments  —  Plan seen as part of a broader government reorganization effort.  —  The White House plans to propose merging the Departments of Labor and Education as part of a broader reorganization of the federal government, according to a person with knowledge of the proposal.
Discussion: Axios, Splinter and The Week
New York Times:
Trump to Propose Government Reorganization, Targeting Safety Net Programs
Discussion: Politico and Politics K-12
Joe Heim / Washington Post:
‘Unite the Right’ organizer gets approval for rally anniversary event in D.C.  —  An organizer of last year's deadly white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville has received initial approval from the National Park Service to hold a rally across from the White House on Aug. 12, the anniversary of last year's event.
Discussion: CNN, Splinter and Mediaite
Michael Quander / WUSA:
‘White Civil Rights Rally’ application approved for DC
Discussion: Raw Story, The Root and DCist
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
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’ …
Karson Yiu / ABC News:
N. Korea hails ‘unbreakable’ ties with China in Beijing meetings, while Kim Jong Un again calls for ‘step-by-step’ denuclearization  —  In their third meeting in less than three months, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping reportedly hailed their close and growing ties …
Erica Werner / Washington Post:
Senate rejects billions in Trump spending cuts as two Republicans vote ‘no’  —  The Senate on Wednesday rejected billions in spending cuts proposed by the Trump administration as two Republicans joined all Democrats in voting no.  —  The 48-50 vote rebuffed a White House plan to claw …
Discussion: RedState, The Daily Caller and TheBlaze
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.
John Hanna / Associated Press:   APNewsBreak: Kobach sought pardon for VP of corporate donor
Sarah Halzack / Bloomberg:
Starbucks Frappuccino Sales Tell a Troubling Tale  —  A troubling update should give investors pause about the coffee chain's ability to reinvigorate its sales.  —  Starbucks Corp. is in need of a pick-me-up.  CEO Kevin Johnson acknowledged as much in outlining the company's turnaround plans …
Discussion: Hot Air, RedState and Eater
Raf Casert / Associated Press:
EU to tax Harleys, bourbon and other US goods from Friday  —  BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union will start taxing a range of U.S. imports Friday, including quintessentially American goods like Harley-Davidson bikes and cranberries, in response to President Donald Trump's decision to slap tariffs on European steel and aluminum.
A.O. Scott / New York Times:
‘First Reformed’ Asks, Can God Forgive Us?  Its Director Has an Answer  —  One of the most talked-about movies of the spring was “First Reformed,” Paul Schrader's austere, intense portrait of a Protestant minister coming undone in upstate New York.  The movie, starring Ethan Hawke as the Rev. Ernst Toller …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
A GOP strategist abandons his party and calls for the election of Democrats  —  For three decades, Steve Schmidt has played at the highest levels of Republican politics, as a top strategist in presidential campaigns and as an adviser to other GOP candidates.  He has also been one of the most vociferous critics of President Trump.
Discussion:, Mediaite and Daily Wire
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
CHYRON MALFUNCTION: ABC Apologizes For Graphic Declaring Manafort Pleaded Guilty to Manslaughter  —  If you were watching ABC News during President Trump's remarks to pool reporters earlier, you may have seen, um, this:  —  As you probably deduced right away, no, Paul Manafort did not plead guilty to manslaughter.
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Fewer Births Than Deaths Among Whites in Majority of U.S. States  —  WASHINGTON — Deaths now outnumber births among white people in more than half the states in the country, demographers have found, signaling what could be a faster-than-expected transition to a future in which whites are no longer a majority of the American population.
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Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Rudy Giuliani says Trump is the real victim of family separations: ‘Nobody feels it more than him’
CBS Pittsburgh:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Christopher Brennan / New York Daily News:
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Nick Penzenstadler / USA Today:
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Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
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Discussion: Daily Wire
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
REVEALED: Christopher Steele Visited State Department Shortly Before 2016 Election