👓 The White House Unified On Old Issues — And Then Started New Fights | Five Thirty Eight

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The Trump administration has deep internal conflicts. That was true when President Trump was sworn into office, and it’s true now. But the nature of those conflicts has changed: The mostly ideological fights of 2017 seem to have somewhat subsided, while issues around Russia are creating new (and maybe even bigger) fissures.
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👓 Newly Released Emails Show Brett Kavanaugh May Have Perjured Himself at Least Four Times | The Daily Beast

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Formerly confidential emails have been released that show the Supreme Court nominee contradicting statements he made under oath to the Senate.
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👓 So No One’s Going to Ask Brett Kavanaugh How He Got Into Massive Debt by Allegedly Buying Baseball Tickets? | Slate

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One big personal issue has been absent from the potential Supreme Court justice's confirmation hearing.
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👓 I Wrote Some of the Memos That Brett Kavanaugh Lied to the Senate About. He Should Be Impeached, Not Elevated. | Slate

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Brett Kavanaugh procured his own confirmation to the federal bench by committing perjury.
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👓 I Am the Anonymous NYT Op-Ed Writer from the White House | Matt Gross

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At last, the senior administration official comes clean.

Hilarious Matt!

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👓 I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the New York Times Opinion Desk | BuzzFeed

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I work for the Gray Lady, but my loyalty is to the Take.
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👓 Trump inauguration crowd photos were edited after he intervened | The Guardian

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Exclusive: documents released to Guardian reveal government photographer cropped space ‘where crowd ended’
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👓 Here are the four Trump staffers most likely behind the anonymous New York Times op-ed. | Weekly Standard

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It’s only been online for a few hours, but the anonymous New York Times op-ed penned by a “senior official in the Trump administration” has set off a frenzy of guessing about who is claiming to be one of the people “working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst…
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👓 I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration | The New York Times

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I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

I catch myself thinking for a moment that it would be an entertaining joke on Trump if they published this without such a source existing. The end of this week’s news cycle is going to be consumed with this piece…

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👓 This Is a Constitutional Crisis | The Atlantic

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A cowardly coup from within the administration threatens to enflame the president’s paranoia and further endanger American security.
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👓 Trump’s Power to Fire Federal Workers Curtailed by Judge | New York Times

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The ruling, which the administration will almost certainly appeal, is a blow to Republican efforts to rein in public-sector labor unions.
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👓 Wife of former Marine to be deported to Mexico Friday, after 20 years in U.S. | CBS

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Alejandra Juarez has lived in the U.S. for 20 years and has two daughters who are American citizens
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👓 U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials | New York Times

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Trade sanctions. Withdrawal of military aid. The Trump administration used both to try to block a measure that was considered uncontroversial and embraced by countries around the world.

You know what I want for my birthday? Stupidity like that described in this article not to exist.

Nestle gave a half-assed response here. They can do far better. Now that their US headquarters has left Glendale, California for Virginia, I suspect their political stance will actually get worse on these issues.

A 2016 Lancet study found that universal breast-feeding would prevent 800,000 child deaths a year across the globe and yield $300 billion in savings from reduced health care costs and improved economic outcomes for those reared on breast milk.  

Pure corruption here. Protectionism to prop up profits of approximately 630 million versus major benefits and savings of 300 billion. Even if you look at the calculus of the entire industry of 70 billion it becomes a no brainer.

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🎧 ‘The Daily’: Father and Son, Forced Apart at the Border | New York Times

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A 5-year-old boy named José and his father fled the violence in Honduras and headed to the United States. They were separated at the border. What has happened to them in the weeks since?

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• Miriam Jordan, who covers immigration for The New York Times.

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• Many children who have been taken from their parents as a result of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy end up in shelters or foster homes.

• Federal criminal prosecutions of migrants have skyrocketed, and the volume of cases has prompted rapid-fire hearings in which multiple defendants — in one instance, 40 people — are brought into the courtroom at once.

• Republicans in the House and the Senate voiced their intention to halt the practice of separating families at the border — but clashed over how to proceed.

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🎧 ‘The Daily’: How Separating Migrant Families Became U.S. Policy | New York Times

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President Trump has blamed Democrats for his administration’s practice of taking children from their parents at the border. Why is one of his top aides, Stephen Miller, claiming credit?

On June 7, Julie Hirschfeld Davis and I interviewed Stephen Miller, President Trump’s senior policy adviser, in his West Wing office about the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy at the border, which has led to heartbreaking images of children being forcibly separated from their families. Here are some key points from that interview.

1. The zero-tolerance policy grew out of a desire to end what Mr. Miller calls “crippling loopholes” that attract illegal immigrants into the United States.

From where Mr. Miller sits, illegal immigration is driven by a belief among people outside the United States that those who make it across the border will be allowed to stay indefinitely. “The success rate is the predominant factor that drives illegal migration,” he told us. By instituting a zero-tolerance policy, Mr. Miller said, the administration is sending a message that should reduce the flow of illegal immigration into the country. He conceded that the policy has not reduced the immigration numbers, but said, “It’ll take a few months of sustained effort.”

2. Anything less than zero tolerance at the border creates what Mr. Miller calls “perverse” incentives for lawbreakers.

Mr. Miller used the example of speeding laws in the United States. Imagine, he said, if the police decided that speeding laws didn’t apply to people who have a child in the back seat. “Could you imagine what the consequences of that would be? Well, one thing, a lot more child endangerment,” he said, comparing the situation to the lack of enforcement of illegal border crossings under prior administrations.

3. Continuing policies in place during the Obama administration would cause what Mr. Miller called a “vicious cycle” that would increase illegal immigration.

Mr. Miller said a “giant hemispheric shift in migration patterns” was driving people toward the United States, which he said must respond with tighter borders. He said Obama-era policies would allow the number of immigrants to “spiral upward endlessly.” Using a favorite phrase, Mr. Miller said: “So you have to turn the ship. And so again, it’s a whole-of-government approach.”

4. Zero tolerance at the border will keep out dangerous illegal immigrants who would otherwise “grievously harm innocent Americans,” Mr. Miller said.

Reading from a list of arrests in Philadelphia in May 2017, Mr. Miller recounted the crimes committed by illegal immigrants: murder, child neglect, negligent manslaughter, car theft, prostitution, racketeering, rape. “It is impossible to take moral lectures from people like the mayor of Philadelphia, who dance in jubilant celebration over ‘sanctuary cities,’ when you had innocent Americans, U.S.-born and foreign, who are victimized on a daily basis because of illegal immigration,” Mr. Miller said.

5. Trump administration officials believe Americans will support their zero-tolerance policies over what Mr. Miller calls the “nihilism” of the Democratic agenda.

Mr. Miller said he believed the issue of border security, even with the controversy over family separations, was a “90-10” issue for Mr. Trump and his Republican allies. He predicted that voters in November would reject “the Democrats’ open-borders extremism,” adding that Democrats had adopted “a point of view so radical that it can really only be described as absolute nihilism.”

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