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2:00 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 …
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
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 …
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Melania Trump makes surprise visit to border facilities  —  McAllen, Texas (CNN)First lady Melania Trump touched down in McAllen, Texas, Thursday making a publicly unannounced and hastily planned trip to get a first-hand look at the crisis affecting immigrant families at the US border.
Molly Ball / TIME:   Trump Backed Down, But the Crisis at the Border Is Far From Over
Melania Trump asks detention center: How quickly can we reunite these kids with their families?
Discussion: ABC News
Wall Street Journal:   New link at Wall Street Journal
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 …
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
John Bresnahan / Politico:
House GOP leaders weigh delaying immigration vote  —  House Republican leaders, staring at an embarrassing defeat, are considering delaying a vote on a “compromise” immigration bill slated to hit the House floor Thursday, according to multiple GOP leadership aides.
Discussion: ABC News, Political Wire, Daily Kos and CNN
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
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.
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.
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: Axios and Wall Street Journal
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 …
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 "
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.
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: MarketWatch
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
IG Report Highlights FBI Counterspy Failings  —  Counterintelligence division under fire for mishandling Clinton email probe  —  Disclosures by the Justice Department inspector general of political bias among FBI agents is focusing new attention on problems within the FBI's once-storied counterintelligence division.
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.”
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
Alex Nowrasteh / Cato Institute:
Alternatives to Detention Are Cheaper than Universal Detention  —  President Donald Trump recently modified his policy of separating children from their families.  His new executive order requires the children of border crossers to be detained with their family members.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Guardian
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 …
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.
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Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Pelosi, Schumer urge Trump to present plan to reunite families
Discussion: National Review
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Mueller worried ‘widespread media attention’ may have biased jurors
Discussion: ABC News
Ashley Balcerzak / Center for Public Integrity:
Democratic super PAC hits jackpot with Chinese company stock
Mark Naymik / Plain Dealer:
Bahama Breeze in Orange Village calls police on black sorority over bill dispute
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Facebook Is About To Bring The Hammer Down On Overseas Fake News Operators
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
Disposable America  —  A straw is a simple thing.
Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:
Starbucks burned by social-justice appeasement as growth stalls, stock plunges
Discussion: Sean Hannity and Eater
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: Hot Air
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
Michael R. Bloomberg / Bloomberg:
Michael Bloomberg: Why I'm Supporting Democrats in 2018
Discussion: CNBC, New York Times and Axios
The Intercept:
Scott Pruitt Has Spent a Total of $4.6 Million on Security, New Disclosures Show — Including $1,500 on “Tactical Pants”