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9:40 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.
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 …
The Texas Tribune:
Separated migrant children are headed toward shelters with a history of abuse and neglect  —  Taxpayers have paid more than $1.5 billion to private companies operating shelters accused of serious lapses in care, including neglect and abuse.  —  Taxpayers have paid more than $1.5 billion …
Discussion: The Week
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.
Gus Bova / The Texas Observer:
Texas Officials Allow 15 Immigrant Shelters to Hold More Kids than Licenses Permit
Discussion: The Texas Tribune and Off the Kuff
Trump's Immigrant Child Detentions Mean $458 Million for Nonprofit
Discussion: Splinter
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 …
Sarah Mervosh / New York Times:
Protesters Confront Kirstjen Nielsen at Mexican Restaurant: ‘Shame!’  —  Kirstjen Nielsen, the secretary of homeland security, got an earful while she was eating dinner at a Mexican restaurant in Washington on Tuesday night.  —  With tensions continuing to escalate over the Trump administration's …
Donald Trump / The Guardian:
Trump's family separation policy is as damaging to America as Abu Ghraib
Discussion: Roll Call, The Daily Beast and The Week
Metro D.C. Democratic Socialists of America:
New York Times:
F.B.I. Agents Gave Trump a Weapon Against Mueller.  Republicans Are Wielding It.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's congressional allies trained their fire on the special counsel investigation on Tuesday, armed anew with a damaging report showing that the lead F.B.I. agent assigned …
John Wagner / Washington Post:   ‘Kangaroo court’: Giuliani says he would be crazy to let Trump be interviewed by Mueller's team
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Strzok escorted from FBI building
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and HuffPost
Sophie Tatum / CNN:
Corey Lewandowski on undocumented child with Down syndrome separated from mother: ‘Womp womp’  —  Washington (CNN)Corey Lewandowski dismissed the story of a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome who was reportedly separated from her mother after crossing the border illegally.
What Trump supporters think of family separations at the border  —  Mesa, Arizona (CNN)As the Trump administration has ramped up the practice of separating children from their parents at the border with no clear plan for reuniting them, critics have been unsparing, calling it “government-sanctioned child abuse.”
SOM - State of Michigan:
MDCR Statement on President Trump's Zero Tolerance Policy and its Impact on Michigan  —  Contact: Vicki Levengood -, 517-241-7978  —  Lansing, MI-The Michigan Department of Civil Rights today announced that the Department is actively engaged in assessing the impact …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Raw Story and New Republic
New York Times:
Merkel and Macron Try to Save European Union, and Themselves  —  BERLIN — It was supposed to be the day when President Emmanuel Macron of France received a long-awaited response from Germany on his big ideas on how to rekindle Europe as a force for liberalism in the world.  —  And he did, sort of.
Washington Post:
‘The good times for illegals are over’: Trump finds allies in Europe's anti-immigration movement
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
‘Nasty guy’: Trump attacks critic, touts accomplishments in House GOP meeting on immigration
Discussion: Towleroad
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.
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: Splinter and miamiherald
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: Raw Story and Vox
Jeff Sessions / USA Today:
We don't want to separate parents from kids  —  What we want is a safe, lawful system of immigration.  We want to build a wall to prevent illegal entry.  Congress could make that happen quickly: Opposing view  —  CONNECT  —  Some years ago, it was decided that law enforcement might arrest adults …
Discussion: CNN
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
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
In Trump's world, morality is for losers  —  “Virtue-signaling” is a snide little phrase that people vaguely of the “right” invented to tease people vaguely of the “left.”  Like “limousine liberal” or “champagne socialist,” it implies insincerity and self-righteousness.
Discussion: AOL, America's Voice and Motherboard
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 …
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.
Jonathan Stearns / Bloomberg:
EU Retaliation Against U.S. Over Metal Tariffs to Start June 22  —  The European Union triggered the first phase of retaliation against the U.S. over its metal-import tariffs imposed on national-security grounds, making good on more than three months of threats to hit American goods with tit-for-tat levies.
Wall Street Journal:
Germany's Largest Auto Makers Back Abolition of EU-U.S. Car Import Tariffs  —  The U.S. ambassador to Germany is expected to relay the industry offer in meetings with Trump administration  —  BERLIN—When the U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, returns to Washington for consultation …
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.
Nelson, Wasserman Schultz blocked from entering immigrant children shelter in Homestead  —  Amid uproar over the federal government's break-up of families caught illegally crossing the U.S. border, state and federal lawmakers were denied entry Tuesday to a shelter in Homestead …
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
Emily Crane / Associated Press:
'Kids shouldn't be pawns': Arnold Schwarzenegger slams Trump's zero tolerance immigration policy as the President faces criticism over images of children in cages  — Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke out against President Trump's hard-line immigration policies on Tuesday
Discussion: Daily Wire
Karla Zabludovsky / BuzzFeed:
Migrants Hesitate At Border, Fearing For Their Children  —  “If they take my son from me, I would die,” one woman, who was seeking asylum when she was turned away from the border, told BuzzFeed News.  —  Reporting From Reynosa, Mexico  —  REYNOSA, Mexico — Families waiting inside Mexico …
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