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9:50 PM ET, June 24, 2018


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Washington Post:
Let the Trump team eat in peace  —  OVER THE WEEKEND there was a fair bit of argument over the decision by a small restaurant in Lexington, Va., not to serve dinner to President Trump's press secretary.  It wasn't the first time recently that strong political feelings have spilled into what used to be considered the private sphere.
CBS News:   Homeland Security employees warned of increased threats amid immigration uproar
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Trump Calls for Depriving Immigrants Who Illegally Cross Border of Due Process Rights  —  President Trump asserted on Sunday that immigrants who crossed into the United States illegally should be sent back immediately without due process or an appearance before a judge, an escalation of his attacks on the judicial system.
Washington Post:
Trump advocates depriving undocumented immigrants of due-process rights  —  President Trump on Sunday explicitly advocated depriving undocumented immigrants of their due-process rights, arguing that people who cross the border into the United States illegally must immediately be deported without trial …
Discussion: The Week
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Trump: We must ‘immediately’ return undocumented immigrants ‘with no judges or court cases’
Discussion: HuffPost, NPR and Breitbart
Doina Chiacu / Reuters:   Trump calls for deporting illegal immigrants with ‘no judges or court cases’
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Overheard at the DSCC retreat on Martha's Vineyard  —  SEN. MARK WARNER (D-Va.) hosted a dinner Friday night for more than 100 guests at his house on Martha's Vineyard as part of the DSCC'S annual Majority Trust retreat.  OVERHEARD: Warner, the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee …
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren Condemned Trump in Reno. He Answered in Las Vegas With a Slur.
Discussion: Politico
Emily Holden / Politico:
Pruitt faces another probe for employee retaliation allegations  —  The U.S. Office of Special Counsel is reviewing claims that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt retaliated against a handful of employees who pushed back against his spending and management, according to three people familiar with the process.
Discussion: ABC News and CNN
New York Times:
New Emails Suggest Scott Pruitt Discussed Hiring a Friend of Lobbyist Landlord  —  Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, discussed hiring a friend of a lobbyist family that owned a condominium he was renting for $50 a night, newly released emails suggest.
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:   Lobbyist tied to Pruitt's condo rental pushed for EPA to hire family friend, emails show
Mitt Romney / Salt Lake Tribune:
Where I stand on the Trump agenda  —  I appreciate the argument made by those who believe we should stay silent, but I cannot subscribe to it.  —  One of the questions I am asked frequently on the campaign trail is whether as Senator I will support the Trump agenda.
Mike Godwin / Los Angeles Times:
Do we need to update Godwin's Law about the probability of comparison to Nazis?  —  Does Godwin's Law need to be updated?  Suspended?  Repealed?  I get asked this question from time to time because I'm the guy who came up with it more than a quarter century ago.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Allan Richarz / The Hill:
The strategic blunder of ‘Trump-as-Hitler’
Discussion: Instapundit
New York Times:
How an Affair Between a Reporter and a Security Aide Has Rattled Washington Media  —  The pearl bracelet arrived in May 2014, in the spring of Ali Watkins's senior year in college, a graduation gift from a man many years her senior.  It was the sort of bauble that might imply something …
What we're watching: How Trump's Democrat-blaming plays with the GOP  —  As pressure builds for Congress to pass legislation that would keep migrant families together at the border, President Trump continues to tweet, blaming Democrats for lawmakers' failure to act and forcing fellow Republicans to contend with his statements.
The Daily Beast:
Sunday Shows Feature 12 Headliners, Only One of Whom Is Hispanic
Discussion: Axios
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
The big picture: 2018's stormiest clouds for the GOP  —  A source close to Republican leadership emails about the biggest political clouds hovering over the rest of the year:  —  “Only thing that matters now is a) how bad they get crushed on ACA premium increases; b) the final Mueller verdict; and c) how crazy Trump gets with the CR.”
Paul Demko / Politico:   Reversal of fortune: Obamacare rate hikes pose headache for Republicans
Beth Reinhard / Washington Post:
Stormy Daniels to meet with prosecutors in Michael Cohen investigation  —  Stormy Daniels is scheduled Monday to be interviewed by prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, preparing for a potential grand jury appearance about a $130,000 payment from President Trump's attorney Michael Cohen …
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Trump Leaves His Mark on a Presidential Keepsake  —  Under President Trump, once stately medallions have gotten glitzier, and at least one featured a Trump property.  Ethics watchdogs are worried.  —  WASHINGTON — Since Bill Clinton occupied the White House, the commemorative medallions known …
Discussion: Althouse
CBS News:
CBS News Battleground Tracker: Arizona, Florida, Texas - immigration and key Senate races  —  The latest CBS News Battleground Tracker dives into how the issue of immigration and the separation of families at the border is playing in the key states of Arizona, Texas and Florida.
CBS News:   CBS News Battleground Tracker: Sharp divides over immigration, separation
Earl Blumenauer:
It's time we abolish ICE  —  We've all experienced a phone app that's not working properly, or a computer program that freezes the machine.  What do you do?  Lesson number one: shut it down.  —  It works for computers.  Maybe that's what we need to do with Immigration and Custom Enforcement …
Discussion: Washington Post
Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:
Kamala Harris Says Congress Needs To Change ICE, Perhaps ‘Start From Scratch’  —  She is the highest profile Democrat to endorse significant change to the nation's immigration enforcement system.  —  Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said Congress should reconsider the nation's immigration enforcement system …
Ilan Ben Zion / Associated Press:
Kushner rips Abbas, says Mideast peace plan due ‘soon’  —  JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser said in an interview published Sunday that the administration will soon present its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, with or without input from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Business Insider:
America's closest allies are furious about Trump's tariffs, and now an unorthodox idea to go after him is gaining steam  —  President Donald Trump's headlong push toward a trade war is prompting unprecedented responses from countries around the world and blowback from top US allies.
Washington Post:
Separated immigrant children are all over the U.S. now, far from parents who don't know where they are  —  Their mothers are missing, their fathers far away.  They get pizza, maybe cold cuts.  They are exhausted; they cannot sleep.  There are other children around, but they had never seen …
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Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Activists hold hunger strike to protest Trump immigration policy
Discussion: WUSA, Breitbart and POLITICUSUSA
David Weigel / Washington Post:
McCaskill stays on the trail despite a broken rib — courtesy of Joe Manchin
Discussion: Politico
Eileen AJ Connelly / New York Post:
North Korea erasing most anti-US propaganda
April Glaser / Slate:
How Conservative Videos on Facebook Boosted Trump's Message on Immigration
New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Is Winning Converts. But Primary Victories Remain Elusive.
Washington Post:
Democrats may be walking into an immigration trap
 Earlier Items: 
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
This Obama-era pilot program kept asylum-seeking migrant families together. Trump canceled it.
Molly McKew / Los Angeles Times:
The whole world sees it: Trump is doing lasting damage to the global order that made the U.S. a superpower
Thomas Lifson / American Thinker:
Facing humiliation, Mueller backs away from prosecution of Russian entities
Discussion: Power Line
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse
Dan Spinelli / Mother Jones:
She Spoke out About Climate Change—and They Tried to Make Her Pay for It
Heather Knight / San Francisco Chronicle:
Poop. Needles. Rats. Homeless camp pushes SF neighborhood to the edge
Discussion: American Greatness
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
This Was the Week That Finally Broke Trump's Spell