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5:55 PM ET, June 21, 2018


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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.
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Border Patrol will stop referring migrant parents who cross into the U.S. illegally with children for prosecution, official says  —  This story has been updated to clarify how migrant parents will be processed going forward.  An earlier verision incorrectly stated the Trump administration …
Washington Post:
Pentagon asked to make room for 20,000 migrant children on military bases  —  The Trump administration is considering housing up to 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children on military bases in coming months, according to lawmakers and a Defense Department memo obtained by The Washington Post.
Discussion: Axios, Raw Story and The Week
The Daily Beast:
Trump's New Plan for Immigrants: Jail Them on Military Bases … EL PASO, Texas — The Trump administration's plan for immigrant families on the southern border involves holding them together on military bases for a prolonged, uncertain period of time.  —  President Trump's executive order …
Daily Mail:
Melania Trump wears $39 jacket with 'I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?' scrawled across the back as she boards a plane to visit immigrant children being held at the Texas border  — The first lady wore the khaki green Zara jacket upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland but changed before she disembarked the plane in Texas
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Melania Trump makes surprise visit to border facilities
Associated Press:   Feds seek removal of 20-day limit on immigrant family holds
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.
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — ‘Oedipal Impulses’: GQ Magazine Asks Donald Trump Jr. if He Wants to Have Sex with His Mother
Tara Golshan / Vox:
Trump undermined House Republicans' entire immigration debate in one tweet  —  Trump on GOP “compromise” immigration bill: “What is the purpose”?  —  Just hours before the House is scheduled to vote on two sweeping Republican-led immigration bills, President Donald Trump managed …
John Bresnahan / Politico:
House delays vote on immigration bill in face of likely defeat  —  House GOP leaders, staring down an embarrassing defeat, postponed a vote on a “compromise” immigration proposal until Friday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced following a hastily called meeting of top Republicans.
Washington Post:
House narrowly passes farm bill that includes stricter work requirements for food stamps …
Catherine Boudreau / Politico:
House farm bill passes with controversial food stamp changes
Discussion: Vox and The Hill
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Townhall and Vox
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump administration asks court to alter decree to OK family detention
Discussion: Axios
Dara Lind / Vox:
Family separation was new, but Trump's new border policy is an Obama throwback
Joshua Matz / Take Care Blog:
The Imminent Demise of Chevron Deference?  —  One of the most important doctrines in administrative law—indeed, arguably in all of law—is known as “Chevron deference.”  Arising from the Supreme Court's decision in Chevron USA Inc. v. NRDC, 467 U. S. 837 (1984), this doctrine provides …
Jessica Gresko / Associated Press:
High Court: Online shoppers can be forced to pay sales tax
Discussion: IJR
Callie Ferguson / Bangor Daily News:
Border patrol agents question drivers at I-95 checkpoint about citizenship  —  U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents set up a checkpoint Wednesday on Interstate 95, stopping drivers and asking them questions about their citizenship before letting them proceed.
Discussion: Raw Story and Hullabaloo
Michael Anton / Washington Post:
Why do we need more people in this country, anyway?  —  Michael Anton is a lecturer and research fellow at Hillsdale College and a former national security official in the Trump administration.  —  As Capitol Hill Republicans attempt for — what, the eighth? ninth? — time in the past …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Peter Strzok Has Lost His Security Clearance, Says Jeff Sessions  —  Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday that former FBI official Peter Strzok has lost his security clearance amid an internal disciplinary review.  —  “Mr. Strzok, as I understand, has lost his security clearance,” Sessions told radio host Howie Carr.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   How did Peter Strzok's notorious text stay hidden so long?
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
Voters Blame Parents, Not Feds, For Border Children Crisis  —  Most voters blame the parents of the separated children at the border for the latest illegal immigration crisis, not the federal government.  —  When families are arrested and separated after attempting to enter the United States illegally …
Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
As border crossings surge, a Mexican couple tests Trump's policies … REYNOSA, Mexico — They agreed to pay the smugglers $12,000 to get to Florida.  It was a package deal — with three chances to cross the border.  —  The first attempt had ended a week earlier, in the headlights of a Border Patrol truck on a South Texas ranch.
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 …
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.
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.”
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.
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 …
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 …
Benny Johnson / The Daily Caller:
Lawsuit Photos Reveal Inhumane Conditions For Migrant Children Held At Obama Detainment Facility  —  The national debate over the American system of migrant detainment rages on in spite of President Donald Trump signing an executive order ending the practice of separating illegal immigrant families …
Cynthia Sewell / Idaho Statesman:
$192,000 for his wife.  81 uses of a lobbyist's home.  Crapo election funds draw scrutiny  —  Lax campaign finance reporting and ongoing payments to family have prompted new scrutiny of Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo's election funds.  —  In 9 of the past 11 years, Crapo's elections staff failed …
Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
Graydon Carter is launching his own media company  —  Revenge may just be the sweetest victory for Graydon Carter.  —  The legendary magazine editor, less than a year after stepping away from Vanity Fair, is close to launching his own media company, The Post has learned.
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Good News for Republicans, It's Not 2006  —  For much of 2017 and early 2018, GOP consultants of a certain age would tell us that this election had the same look, feel and smell of 2006; the last time Republicans had a terrible midterm election.  The President was unpopular …
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Democrats Plan New Effort to Target Minority Voters  —  The Democratic National Committee is undertaking an expansive, multimillion dollar strategic plan to motivate voters who typically sit out midterm elections, with a particular focus on engaging nonwhite communities through new investments …
Discussion: Axios
Paul Wood / Spectator:
What does the British government know about Trump and Russia? … When the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu visited London in 1978, the British government did some serious sucking up.  Ceausescu was an egomaniac and possibly crazy.  When he went hunting outside Bucharest …
Discussion: Raw Story and Coffee House
Sonja Drimmer / The Atlantic:
Melania Trump Plays the Role of Medieval Queen  —  On June 17, First Lady Melania Trump issued a rare statement on current policy through her spokesperson.  That statement lamented the separation of refugee children from their parents by the Department of Homeland Security and declared that America should be …
Discussion: CNN, Breitbart and Vox
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Sylvan Lane / The Hill:
Federal court rules consumer bureau structure unconstitutional
Discussion: Townhall
Melania Trump Stages Shelter Photo-Op While Canceling Real Detention Center Visit
Family separation and the Nazi comparison
Tiffany May / New York Times:
John Oliver, Having Mocked Chinese Censorship, Is Censored in China
Discussion: New Republic and BBC
Grant Stern / The Dworkin Report:
Alyssa Milano just demanded Trump's resignation for separating refugee families
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / The Atlantic:
The Lesson Democrats Have Yet to Learn on Immigration
Discussion: The Independent
Fred Barbash / Washington Post:
This unusual pastor took out an active shooter and expertly treated the wounded, all after delivering his Sunday sermon
Discussion: National Review and NewsBusters
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Julia Reinstein / BuzzFeed:
Where Is This Little Girl? The Government Won't Say.
Geoffrey Skelley / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Senate 2018: Two Rust Belt Ratings Move in the Democrats' Direction
Discussion: Vox and Shareblue Media
Mark Naymik / Plain Dealer:
Bahama Breeze in Orange Village calls police on black sorority over bill dispute
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
It's possible I'll be indicted