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11:30 AM 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Splinter
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Repugnant  —  REP. ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, a Florida Republican …
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 …
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: Townhall and NPR
The Times of Israel:   Sara Netanyahu indicted for fraudulently charging $100,000 in meals to the state
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
Michael R. Bloomberg / Bloomberg:
Michael Bloomberg: Why I'm Supporting Democrats in 2018
Discussion: New York Times, CNBC and Axios
Grace Sparks / CNN:   CNN Poll: Support for Democrats ticks up and they retain enthusiasm advantage
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.
Trump administration to seek merger of Education, Labor departments  —  The Trump administration plans to advocate a merger of the Education and Labor departments as part of a sweeping government overhaul, according to two individuals familiar with the proposal who declined to be named because it's not yet public.
New York Times:   Trump to Propose Government Reorganization, Targeting Safety Net Programs
Sam Baker / Axios:
Supreme Court opens the door to online sales taxes  —  The Supreme Court today paved the way for states to begin collecting sales taxes from online vendors.  In a 5-4 decision, the court threw out a precedent that had blocked online sales taxes.  —  Why it matters: Online retailers likely …
Stephanie Ebbs / ABC News:
Supreme Court says states can collect online sales tax, consumers likely to pay more
Discussion: and Politico
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.
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 …
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 …
Erik Hanshew / Washington Post:
A Texas public defender says he can't get answers for the parents who have already lost their children.  —   Erik Hanshew is an Assistant Federal Public Defender in El Paso, Texas.  —  I sat across from my new client, a petite woman from Central America in her late 20s or early 30s …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story
Eric Lach / New Yorker:   “We Are at Capacity”: An Asylum Standoff on the Bridge Between Ciudad Juárez and El Paso
Tara Golshan / Vox:
The House is voting on immigration today.  No one seems to know what's going on.  —  House Republicans didn't know what was in their “compromise” immigration bill the day before the vote.  —  House Republicans are in a state of chaos over immigration.  —  Lawmakers are slated to take two votes …
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
House Republicans threaten DOJ, FBI officials with contempt in documents fight
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
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 "
Discussion: The Resurgent and Althouse
NBC News:
Tech companies quietly work with ICE as border crisis continues  —  The contracts highlight how technology companies are putting their innovations to work with the U.S. government in ways that are often not visible to the public.  —  Several high-profile data and tech companies have made millions …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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 …
Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:
Starbucks burned by social-justice appeasement as growth stalls, stock plunges  —  Coffee giant to shutter 150 stores next year instead of 50  —  Starbucks may have appeased progressives with its social-justice workshops and open-bathroom policy, but such moves have failed to caffeinate the company's bottom line.
Discussion: Eater
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
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
UT/TT Poll: Most Texas voters oppose family separation at the border, with greater support among men and Republicans  —  Male Republicans support separating families trying to cross illegally into the U.S. from Mexico, but most other groups — and Texas voters overall — do not …
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 …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Trump says trade wars are ‘easy.’ Here come the first American casualties.  —  President Trump believes that “trade wars are good, and easy to win.”  So he started one.  —  Now the casualties are beginning to return home from the battlefield, and on Capitol Hill Wednesday …
Discussion: Politico
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Unneeded Drugs Killed Hundreds at U.K. Hospital, Inquiry Finds  —  LONDON — As many as 650 patients at a small British hospital died from overdoses of powerful painkillers that they did not need, an investigative panel reported on Wednesday.  —  Officials failed or refused to exercise proper oversight …
Discussion: The Guardian
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.
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New York Times:
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Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Facebook Is About To Bring The Hammer Down On Overseas Fake News Operators
Italian PM will attend migration summit after text dropped
Kansas City Star:
Missouri Democrat Jason Kander eyeing run for Kansas City mayor
John Harwood / CNBC:
How the GOP morphed from the party of Reagan to the party of Trump
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Trump airs his grievances and demands more credit — for just about everything
Discussion: MSNBC
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
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
WV-03: Why a District Trump Won by 50 Points Is at Risk for GOP
Jeff Flake threatens to block Trump's appellate court nominees over Cuba travel, tariffs
Discussion: MSNBC and The Daily Caller