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1:20 PM ET, June 21, 2018


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Associated Press:
Young immigrants detained in Virginia center allege abuse  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Immigrant children as young as 14 housed at a juvenile detention center in Virginia say they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells.
Julia Ioffe / GQ:
The Real Story of Donald Trump Jr.  —  All he ever wanted was to make his dad proud, but things have never turned out quite right for Donald Trump Jr. Even now, despite finding his purpose as a bombastic star of the far right, Junior's personal life is in shambles and the specter of Robert Mueller looms large.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — ‘Oedipal Impulses’: GQ Magazine Asks Donald Trump Jr. if He Wants to Have Sex with His Mother
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Mediaite
Washington Post:
Trump administration will stop prosecuting migrant parents who cross the border illegally with children, official says  —  The dramatic about-face comes just one day after President Trump signed an executive order ending his administration's widely denounced practice of separating families apprehended at the Mexico border.
Nikki Schwab / New York Post:
Protester yells ‘fascist’ at Stephen Miller dining in Mexican restaurant  —  SEE ALSO  —  Maybe grab a burger next time.  —  White House adviser Stephen Miller was accosted at a Mexican restaurant by a patron calling him a “fascist” — two nights before Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen …
Lisa Belkin / Yahoo:
Trump aide Stephen Miller, meet your great-grandfather, who flunked his naturalization test  —  A photo of Nison (aka Max) Miller stares out from the screen, sullen and stern, in faded black and white.  “Order of Court Denying Petition” is the title of the government form dated “14th November 1932 …
Molly Ball / TIME:
Trump Backed Down, But the Crisis at the Border Is Far From Over  —  Olivier Douliery—Abaca Press/Sipa USA/AP  —  It is a crisis Donald Trump created and always had the power to solve.  At detention facilities across the country, children are penned in cages, crying out piteously …
Melania Trump pressed the President to keep families together  —  First lady Melania Trump has been working for several days behind the scenes, encouraging the President to keep families together, a White House official tells CNN.  —  Melania has had several private conversations with her husband …
Melania Trump asks detention center: How quickly can we reunite these kids with their families?
Discussion: ABC News
GOP immigration push set to flop in embarrassment for Trump  —  The president has shown he can scare Hill Republicans but frequently cannot get them to vote the way he wants.  —  House Republicans spent weeks crafting a “compromise” immigration bill slated to hit the House floor Thursday …
Discussion: ABC News, Daily Kos, Political Wire and CNN
Tara Golshan / Vox:
The House is voting on immigration today. No one seems to know what's going on.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Clears Way for Sales Taxes on Internet Merchants  —  WASHINGTON — Internet retailers can be required to collect sales taxes in states where they have no physical presence, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.  —  Brick-and-mortar businesses have long complained …
Sam Baker / Axios:
Supreme Court opens the door to online sales taxes
Bernie Becker / Politico:
Supreme Court hands states a victory in tax case that may cost consumers
Discussion: Washington Post and
Sara Netanyahu Charged With Fraud for Ordering $100k Worth of Meals From Gourmet Chefs  —  The prime minister's wife and a deputy director of the PM's Office are indicted for violating regulations barring the ordering of meals when a cook is on the residence's staff
Discussion: Vox, Townhall and NPR
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Corey Lewandowski dropped by speakers bureau  —  Corey Lewandowski: I was mocking Democrat, not girl  —  Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has been dropped by his speakers bureau after dismissing the story of a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome who was reportedly separated …
Ari Bevacqua / The New York Times Company:
Michelle Alexander Joins The New York Times Opinion Pages as Columnist  —  Today The New York Times announced that Michelle Alexander will join the Opinion pages as a columnist in September.  —  James Bennet, New York Times editorial page editor, said, “Michelle is the author of …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Yes, Obama separated families at the border, too  —  WASHINGTON  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama separated parents from their children at the border.  —  Obama prosecuted mothers for coming to the United States illegally.  He fast tracked deportations.  And yes, he housed unaccompanied children in tent cities.
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 …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
It's possible I'll be indicted  —  said Thursday that it's possible he'll be indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller  —  “I acknowledge it is a possibility,” Stone said in an interview on Hill.TV's “Rising.”  —  Stone, however, pushed back that he is “concerned” about being charged, noting that that would suggest culpability.
Associated Press:
Trump defends his hard-line immigration policies to cheers  —  DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Hours after reversing himself to end the forced separations of migrant families, President Donald Trump returned to the warm embrace of his supporters at a raucous rally to defend his hard-line immigration policies …
Karl Vick / TIME:
A Reckoning After Trump's Border Separation Policy: What Kind of Country Are We?  —  Central American immigrants detained for possible separation in McAllen, Texas, on June 12 John Moore—Getty Images  —  Presidents have many jobs, and one is telling us who we are.
Julia Reinstein / BuzzFeed:
Where Is This Little Girl?  The Government Won't Say.  —  The little girl has been on the front cover of newspapers and magazines.  Her whereabouts remain a mystery.  —  Public outrage towards the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant families at the border reached a fever pitch this week …
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Record-High 75% of Americans Say Immigration Is Good Thing  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — A record-high 75% of Americans, including majorities of all party groups, think immigration is a good thing for the U.S. — up slightly from 71% last year.  Just 19% of the public considers immigration a bad thing.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
How did Peter Strzok's notorious text stay hidden so long?  —  It was the most damaging of all the damaging texts exchanged between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.  On Aug. 8, 2016, in the second week of the Trump-Russia investigation on which both were working, Page texted Strzok to say …
Annie Correal / New York Times:
First Step to Helping Children Sent to New York: Find Them  —  As reports came in of hundreds of children sent quietly to New York after being separated from their families at the southern border, consular officials from Central American countries scrambled to help.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
Leaked Internal Memo Reveals the ACLU Is Wavering on Free Speech  —  The American Civil Liberties Union will weigh its interest in protecting the First Amendment against its other commitments to social justice, racial equality, and women's rights, given the possibility that offensive speech might undermine ACLU goals.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
New York Times:
N.F.L. Players to Trump: Here's Whom You Should Pardon  —  President Trump recently made an offer to National Football League players like us who are committed to protesting injustice.  Instead of protesting, he suggested, we should give him names of people we believe were “unfairly treated by the justice system.”
Geoffrey Skelley / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Senate 2018: Two Rust Belt Ratings Move in the Democrats' Direction  —  Pennsylvania and Wisconsin look more and more like Republican reaches  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — The Crystal Ball has new ratings in the Pennsylvania and Wisconsin U.S. Senate contests, both in Democrats' direction.
Discussion: Vox
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 …
Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Rank-And-File Evangelicals Aren't Likely To Turn On Trump Over Family Separation  —  Over the past few weeks, religious leaders have emerged as some of the strongest critics of President Trump's “zero-tolerance” immigration policy that has resulted in the separation of children from their parents at the U.S.'s southern border.
Jacob Magid / The Times of Israel:
Hamas paid family to claim Gaza baby was killed by Israeli tear gas, says cousin  —  Mahmoud Omar, arrested by Israel for terror-related offenses, tells interrogators his relatives lied: 8-month-old Layla actually died from fatal blood condition that runs in family
Media Matters for America:
Sinclair “must-run” segment on family separation policy and child detention attacks the media  —  Sinclair's Boris Epshteyn: Media have “seized on this issue to make it seem as if those who are tough on immigration are somehow monsters”  —  Audiences across the country are watching a segment …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Mueller worried ‘widespread media attention’ may have biased jurors  —  ‘Such publicity increases the possibility that jurors will form biases,’ Mueller's team wrote in a filing.  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller's team wants to use a written questionnaires to gauge whether …
Discussion: ABC News
Ashley Balcerzak / Center for Public Integrity:
Democratic super PAC hits jackpot with Chinese company stock  —  Private prisons, gun advocates also have busy spring, new disclosures show  —  A receptionist works behind the logo for, a Chinese language search engine, at the company's office in Beijing, in this July 28, 2005, file photo.
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo:
Obama cyber chief confirms ‘stand down’ order against Russian cyberattacks in summer 2016  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama White House's chief cyber official testified Wednesday that proposals he was developing to counter Russia's attack on the U.S. presidential election were put on a “back burner” after he was ordered to "
Michael R. Bloomberg / Bloomberg:
Michael Bloomberg: Why I'm Supporting Democrats in 2018  —  Republicans in Congress have had almost two years to prove they could govern responsibly.  They failed.  —  I've never much liked political parties.  I've always believed that we should put country before party.
Discussion: CNBC, New York Times and Axios
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Confused about his brand of populism, Trump wants to be ‘the elite’  —  Most of Donald Trump's remarks at a campaign rally in Minnesota last night were predictable - the president shared his usual grievances - but towards the end of his speech, the Republican shared a thought I haven't heard him make before.
Discussion: Washington Post and MarketWatch
Mark Naymik / Plain Dealer:
Bahama Breeze in Orange Village calls police on black sorority over bill dispute  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio - An African-American sorority member accused the Bahama Breeze Restaurant in Orange Village of racial profiling because the manager called police Tuesday at the end of a sorority gathering.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
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Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
IG Report Highlights FBI Counterspy Failings
Jillian Jorgensen / New York Daily News:
ICE detention of unaccompanied minors in New York is up more than 500%, city says
Discussion: The Week
Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand Prime Minister gives birth to a baby girl
Discussion: New York Times and IJR
New York Times:
Horrific Details on Syria Chemical Attacks Left Out, for Now, From U.N. Report
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Facebook Is About To Bring The Hammer Down On Overseas Fake News Operators
John Harwood / CNBC:
How the GOP morphed from the party of Reagan to the party of Trump
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
Disposable America  —  A straw is a simple thing.
Tom O'Connor / Newsweek:
Russia will take China's side against U.S. in world trade war
 Earlier Items: 
Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:
Starbucks burned by social-justice appeasement as growth stalls, stock plunges
Discussion: Sean Hannity and Eater
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Trump says trade wars are ‘easy.’ Here come the first American casualties.
Discussion: MSNBC and Politico
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
UT/TT Poll: Most Texas voters oppose family separation at the border, with greater support among men and Republicans
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
WV-03: Why a District Trump Won by 50 Points Is at Risk for GOP
NBC News:
Tech companies quietly work with ICE as border crisis continues
Erik Hanshew / Washington Post:
A Texas public defender says he can't get answers for the parents who have already lost their children.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story