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12:45 PM ET, June 22, 2018


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Daily Mail:
Denis Javier Varela Hernandez (far right) spoke out about his wife Sandra and daughter, Yanela  —  Two-year-old Yanela, a Honduran asylum seeker, has become the face of the child separation crisis after she was photographed crying in McAllen, Texas, as Border Control agents searched her mother
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
The crying Honduran girl on the cover of Time was not separated from her mother, father says  —  The photo of the little girl crying as a U.S. Border Patrol agent patted down her mother became a symbol of the families pulled apart by the Trump administration's “zero tolerance” policy at the border …
CBS News:   Viral photo of crying girl: Border Patrol agent involved says there's more to the story
Gustavo Palencia / Reuters:
Father says little Honduran girl on Time cover was not taken from mother
Ginger Thompson / ProPublica:   For a 6-Year-Old Snared in the Immigration Maze, a Memorized Phone Number Proves a Lifeline
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
About That Time Magazine “Crying Girl” Cover ...
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump to GOP: Wait until after midterms to pass immigration bill  —  As House Republicans scramble for votes on its comprehensive immigration bill, President Trump tweeted Friday that Republicans should “stop wasting their time” and punt the immigration fight to after the midterms.
NBC News:
Tom Arnold tweets picture with Michael Cohen, says he ‘has all the tapes’  —  Arnold is hunting for ‘incriminating’ tapes of Trump as part of a show for Vice.  —  President Donald Trump's embattled personal attorney, Michael Cohen, retweeted a photo of himself with comedian Tom Arnold …
The Daily Beast:
Tom Arnold Meets Michael Cohen: ‘This Dude Has All the Tapes’  —  Tom Arnold—the actor and comedian who's said he's on a mission to find incriminating video of President Trump—tweeted a photo of himself with Michael Cohen late Thursday, saying “this dude has all the tapes.”
Young Trumpies Hit D.C.  —  ... And D.C. hits them right back.  —  When Matt Mowers moved to Washington in November 2016, he wasn't expecting a hero's welcome.  The young political operative had worked for Donald Trump's campaign in New York, where you can hardly walk down the block …
Discussion: Splinter and Raw Story
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
If We Want to End the Border Crisis, It's Time to Give Trump His Wall  —  You could think of the last week as a solid victory for the Democrats and for basic human decency.  An utterly indefensible and morally foul policy of separating children from their parents is over for now.
Sam Baker / Axios:
Supreme Court limits cell phone searches  —  Police officers cannot retrace the location of your cell phone without a warrant, the Supreme Court ruled today — a narrow but critically important victory for privacy advocates as well as giant tech companies.  —  Why it matters …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court rules that warrant is needed to access cell tower records
Discussion: Political Wire
Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and intellectual provocateur, dies at 68  —  Charles Krauthammer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist and intellectual provocateur who championed the muscular foreign policy of neoconservatism that helped lay the ideological groundwork …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The Charles Krauthammer I knew
Elizabeth Llorente / Fox News:
Charles Krauthammer, conservative commentator and Pulitzer Prize winner, dead at 68
New York Times:
Behind Trump's Plan to Overhaul the Government: Scaling Back the Safety Net  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump, spurred on by conservatives who want him to slash safety net programs, unveiled on Thursday a plan to overhaul the federal government that could have a profound effect on millions of poor and working-class Americans.
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
National Enquirer sent stories about Trump to his attorney Michael Cohen before publication, people familiar with the practice say  —  During the presidential campaign, National Enquirer executives sent digital copies of the tabloid's articles and cover images related to Donald Trump …
Media Matters for America:
Fox & Friends host: “These aren't our kids. ...  It's not like [Trump] is doing this to the people of Idaho or Texas”  —  Brian Kilmeade: “Like it or not, these aren't our kids”  —  From the June 22 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:  —  Loading the player reg...
Emily Holden / Politico:
New Pruitt question: Where are his emails?  —  The EPA administrator wrote only one email in 10 months to anyone outside the agency, if the official paper trail is to be believed.  Watchdog groups don't believe it.  —  An examination of Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt's …
Kevin Brady / Wall Street Journal:
Six Months After Tax Reform, Something Big Is Happening  —  The economy is back in the fast lane—but Democrats want to undo it all.  —  Six months ago, Republicans in Congress joined with President Trump to redesign America's tax code and enact sweeping tax cuts.
Z. Byron Wolf / CNN:
There's nearly a Nixon '74 level of public support for impeaching Trump
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Elena Kagan Is Up to Something  —  What is Justice Elena Kagan doing?  So far this term, the liberal justice has crossed ideological lines at least three times to join the Supreme Court's conservatives.  Most recently, on Thursday, Kagan authored the majority opinion in Lucia v. SEC …
Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
The chaotic effort to reunite immigrant parents with their separated kids  —  BROWNSVILLE, Tex. — Each of the mothers had a different memory of the moment she was separated from her child.  —  For some, it was outside a Border Patrol station just north of the Rio Grande, shortly after being apprehended.
Amanda Schaffer / New Yorker:   A Physician in South Texas on an Unnerving Encounter with an Eight-Year-Old Boy in Immigration Detention
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Trump's Cynical Immigration Strategy Might Work for Him—Again  —  The lesson Trump learned was not that saying shocking, untrue, and arguably racist things about immigrants was politically dangerous but that doing so helped him become President.  —  On Sunday, June 3rd, Senator Jeff Merkley …
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The real hoax about the border crisis  —  It's all a hoax.  A great big hoax.  —  Not the family separations, the babies alone in cages, the drugged immigrant children, the stolen toddlers too traumatized to speak, the wailing children whom Ann Coulter slanders as “child actors.”
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Return of the Blood Libel
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
AP-NORC Poll: Americans say no to presidential self-pardons  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Even in an era of deep political division, Democrats and Republicans agree presidents should not pardon themselves.  And if the nation's chief executive ever does so, majorities of Americans in both parties believe Congress should impeach that president.
Discussion: Axios
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Trump administration plans to use Coast Guard money to pay for border enforcement  —  The Trump administration, facing a growing immigration enforcement mission on the southern U.S. border, is considering a plan to shift money from the U.S. Coast Guard to other parts of the Department of Homeland Security …
Discussion: New Republic
John F. Muller / Politico:
I Sat on the Other Side of Stephen Miller's First Wall  —  It was third grade.  And things got messy.  —  Each time a new outrage emerges in the saga of Stephen Miller—author of the Muslim ban and chief architect of the child separation policy—I think of the year I spent with him.
Philip Lewis / HuffPost:
Protestors Outside Kirstjen Nielsen's House Play Audio Of Detained Migrant Children  —  The DHS secretary had to walk by protesters shouting “Shame!” as she left her house.  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. Protestors gathered outside Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's townhouse Friday morning …
Jordan Libowitz / CREW:
CREW FILES CRIMINAL, ETHICS COMPLAINTS AGAINST WILBUR ROSS  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Washington—Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross should be investigated for possible violations of the STOCK Act or other insider trading laws and false statements to the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) …
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Trump Insider Wanted to Sell Social Media Surveillance Tools to Abusive Governments, Leaked Documents Suggest  —  Earlier this year, it was reported that Elliott Broidy, a convicted felon in a 2009 bribery case and a top Donald Trump fundraiser, proffered meetings with the president …
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Who Is Dolly Gee, the Judge Deciding the Fate of Trump's Executive Order?  —  LOS ANGELES — Judge Dolly M. Gee has called the treatment of immigrant children in detention “deplorable” in a legal opinion.  She has castigated the federal government for “fear mongering” when it argued …
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Under Trump, Americans are becoming more supportive of immigration  —  THE BIG IDEA: President Trump said Friday that Republicans should put off addressing immigration until after the midterm elections.  He suggested that the GOP can use the issue to pick up Senate seats …
Wall Street Journal:
Pentagon Had Spurned U.S. Space Force, Prompting Trump's Decree  —  After White House directive, military moderated previous concerns about cost, integration  —  President Donald Trump's call this week for a separate U.S. “space force” was the culmination of months of frustration over what he felt …
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Jinx or coincidence: Why is L.A. City Hall a graveyard for gubernatorial ambitions?  —  William Stephens may be best known — to the extent he's remembered at all — for being California governor in 1917 when anarchists dynamited the governor's mansion in Sacramento, blowing a small hole in a basement wall.
Discussion: New Republic
Emily Atkin / New Republic:
The Military Drinking-Water Crisis the White House Tried to Hide  —  The Trump administration feared it would be a “public relations nightmare”: a major federal study that concluded contaminated groundwater across the country, especially near military bases, was more toxic than the government realized.
Discussion: Raw Story, ABC News and
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Make America Grimm Again?  Ex-Con Could Cost The GOP A Safe NYC House Seat  —  Could Trump-fueled infighting cost New York City Republicans their only seat in Congress?  —  That's the question looming over Tuesday's bloody, hard-fought GOP primary race between incumbent Rep. Dan Donovan …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Dan Merica / CNN:
How soybeans — yes, soybeans — could impact the midterm elections  —  China is hitting the US where it hurts: Soybeans  —  Easton, Minnesota (CNN)President Donald Trump touted his aggressive approach to trade policy Wednesday at a rally miles from Minnesota's famed Iron Range …
Discussion: Raw Story and Eschaton
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Trump threatens 20% tariff on all car imports from the EU  —  President Donald Trump tweeted another tariff threat Friday, this time targeting imported autos from the European Union.  —  The president said on his feed that if the EU does not removed duties on U.S. cars, then the U.S. will have no choice but to act.
Françoise Mouly / New Yorker:
Barry Blitt's “Yearning to Breathe Free”  —  In recent years, the artist Barry Blitt has become known for his satire, which skewers, in soft watercolors, those in or adjacent to power.  But Blitt, who began working for the magazine in 1992, has always been more than a comic artist, and this week's cover features a sombre touch.
Discussion: Washington Post and Gothamist
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Laura Kuenssberg / BBC:
Watchdog expected to find Vote Leave broke rules
Alexa Ura / The Texas Tribune:
Japanese-Americans imprisoned at Texas internment camp in 1940s watch border crisis unfold with heavy hearts
Emily Stewart / Vox:
The Republican tax law is becoming less popular, not more
Discussion: Bloomberg
Mihir Zaveri / New York Times:
Sixth Grader's Parents Say School Didn't Do Enough to Stop Her Suicide
Discussion: Althouse
Tim Reid / Reuters:
In age of Trump, evangelicals back self-styled top U.S. pimp
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Of Course Trump Backed Down on Family Separations
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
‘Abolish ICE!’ is the new rallying cry for progressive Democrats
Diana Stancy Correll / Washington Examiner:
Consumer bureau setup defies Constitution, federal judge rules
 Earlier Items: 
Ana Marie Cox / Rolling Stone:
A Night Among the Trump Believers Way Up North
Alex Silverman / WCBS Newsradio 880:
EXCLUSIVE: Emails Reveal Effort to Disown Stonewall Pride Flag By Trump Administration Official
Gabriela Galindo / Politico:
Rage in Spain after ‘wolf pack’ set free
Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
The most damning element of this tragic American tale
Discussion: Breitbart and Daily Kos
Lomi Kriel / Houston Chronicle:
Fate of immigrant children separated from parents at Texas border is unclear
Discussion: New York Times
Amber Jamieson / BuzzFeed:
The Heartbreaking Case Of The Three-Year-Old Boy In Immigration Court