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The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Trump doubles down on controversial child separation policy | Says country won't be a 'migrant camp' | US could be holding 30,000 children by August | Laura Bush blasts policy | Photos of a detention facility | Supreme Court punts on gerrymandering cases | DOJ inspector general, FBI chief testify on Clinton probe report | Trump's Space Council meets



BREAKING -- Trump defends his controversial child separation policy: 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpKey takeaways from the Arizona Senate debate Major Hollywood talent firm considering rejecting Saudi investment money: report Mattis says he thought 'nothing at all' about Trump saying he may leave administration MORE just defended his controversial policy of separating children from their parents when illegally crossing the border. He just said from the White House: “The United States will not be a migrant camp and will not be a refugee holding facility.” Livestream of his full explanation: http://bit.ly/2JMHcUR


The gist — here’s one of the tweets: Trump claimed the children are being used by criminals. “Children are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth as a means to enter our country. Has anyone been looking at the Crime taking place south of the border. It is historic, with some countries the most dangerous places in the world. Not going to happen in the U.S.” Full series of tweetshttp://bit.ly/2yrEazM

WAIT, WHY ARE ALL OF THESE CHILDREN NOW SEPARATED FROM THEIR FAMILIES?: "Announced in April, the administration's 'zero-tolerance' policy criminally prosecutes adults for undocumented entry, but since U.S. protocol prohibits detaining children with their parents, the practice results in the division of families." How many children: Almost 2,000 children have been separated from their families in just April and May of this year. https://ti.me/2My3DdY

NEW REPORT -- EXCUSE ME, HOW MANY KIDS DID YOU SAY??: Via The Washington Examiner's Anna Giaritelli, a senior administration official said the Trump administration could be holding 30,000 children by August. How: Currently officials take in about 250 kids per day, plus there are 11,500 children already being cared for. https://washex.am/2t6qF3J


Happening this morning -- what timing: 

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsFBI investigated whether McCabe leaked info about Flynn and Trump to media Ex-Senate Intel staffer pleads guilty to lying to feds over contacts with journalists House Judiciary chairman threatens to subpoena Rosenstein MORE and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenTop Judiciary Dems call for unredacted 'zero tolerance' memo The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by PhRMA — Dem path to a Senate majority narrows Hillicon Valley: Officials warn of Chinese influence efforts | Dow drops over 800 points | Tech stocks hit hard | Google appeals B EU fine | James Murdoch may be heading for Tesla | Most Americans worried about election security MORE are speaking at a law enforcement conference in New Orleans. https://wapo.st/2JMWaKf

Livestream: https://cbsn.ws/2t4YbqP


No apologies: Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told sheriffs at the event to ignore press reports of migrant minors being mistreated. "It is important to note that these minors are very well taken care of — don’t believe the press," Nielsen said. http://bit.ly/2HYV20v


It's been a busy Monday so far -- welcome back. I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com@CateMartel and on Facebook.




Over the weekend -- Father's Day protests for immigrant children: 
Via Time's Laignee Barron, hundreds of people protested on the border in Texas, where a new facility opened last Thursday for immigration children who have been separated from their parents while crossing the border. https://ti.me/2My3DdY

THIS A.M. — TEXAS DEPUTY ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT: Via NBC’s Erik Ortiz, “A Texas sheriff's deputy was being held Monday on a charge of "super aggravated sexual assault" of a 4-year-old girl after authorities say her mother, an undocumented immigrant, was being blackmailed to stay silent about the abuse — or face deportation.” Full story: https://nbcnews.to/2ylYItJ

KIDS ARE CHANGING DIAPERS: "A teenager told an advocate that she had to teach kids at a US Border Patrol facility in Texas how to change a young girl's diaper after she was separated from her aunt." http://bit.ly/2JYmpN7

PHOTOS OF THE FACILITY -- YIKES: Think: chain link fences, thermal blankets, mattresses on the floor and children separated from their parents. Keep in mind: Media were allowed to tour the facility yesterday but was banned from taking any photos or videos. The agency did release a few government images of the facility though. Photos: https://cnn.it/2HZjLBG

WHERE DO LAWMAKERS STAND — A HOUSE DIVIDED: Republicans are becoming divided on the issue. How so: https://cbsn.ws/2K2D420

SCATHING WORDS FROM LAURA BUSH: Former first lady Laura Bush wrote an op-ed on the mass detention centers for families illegally crossing the border. Excerpt: "I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart." Full op-ed: https://wapo.st/2MCt52f

STATEMENT FROM Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania spokeswoman calls for boycott of TI over video The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump sends Pompeo to meet Saudi king | How Trump could work with a Dem House | Trump heads to Florida to view hurricane damage The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Trump travels to hurricane-ravaged Florida, Georgia MORE: First lady Melania Trump released a rare statement on the crisis. Her spokeswoman said on CNN: "Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform. She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart." https://cnn.it/2MxNfdo



This tweet has received a lot of attention: 


Op-ed on the toxic effect of stress on the children kids: http://bit.ly/2tjG9k9



Eh, this feels like more of a 'you' problem: 

Via The Hill's Lydia Wheeler, the Supreme Court ruled on two cases of partisan gerrymandering, one in Wisconsin and another in Maryland. The outcomes -- sidestepped: The justices used procedural grounds to rule against voters challenging their state's maps. The Supreme Court sent the Wisconsin case back down to the lower court and dismissed a second challenge out of Maryland. Full explanation: http://bit.ly/2JKtrWF



Talk to me, baby --> http://bit.ly/2tgEXOs:

FBI agent Peter Strzok, who sent anti-Trump texts during the 2016 presidential race, offered to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. Why he's offering: There are reports that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteHouse Judiciary chairman threatens to subpoena Rosenstein Fusion GPS co-founder will invoke 'constitutional rights not to testify': lawyers House GOP sets deposition deadline for Fusion GPS co-founder MORE (R-Va.) is trying to subpoena him. http://bit.ly/2t8n5WH


What, this investigation hasn't been oodles of fun for you?: 

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Former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperWrong for Democrats to call for more Kavanaugh investigations The Hill's Morning Report — Where the Kavanaugh nomination stands Hillicon Valley: 50M affected by Facebook hack | Google CEO to testify on Capitol Hill | Tesla shares slump after SEC sues | House Intel votes to release Russia probe transcripts | Dem holds up passage of key intel bill MORE said he hopes special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE will end the election probe soon and tell Americans the outcome. "I think the overarching point here is that this whole issue has to come to a resolution," Clapper said in an interview on Hill.TV's new morning show, "Rising." Watch his reasoning: http://bit.ly/2JWk4zf



It's another immigration week. What a surprise...: 

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney and Juliegrace Brufke, House Republicans are scrambling on an immigration plan after President Trump sent mixed signals and sparked chaos. What could happen this week: "The weekly schedule indicates that immigration and border security legislation could be added, but neither the bill by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) nor the compromise bill have a definitive date to come to the floor." http://bit.ly/2yohjFs



The explosive report on the 2016 presidential race: Congress will look into last week's explosive report on the FBI right before the 2016 election. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz and FBI Director Christopher Wray are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

Chinese telecom: "The Senate is poised to approve legislation blocking Trump's deal to save Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE."

Defense: The Senate is expected to pass a giant defense policy bill tonight.

Rescissions: "Senate Republicans are expected to bring Trump's plan to clawback spending up for a vote this week, even as they appear short on votes. Congress has until Friday if they want to approve the $15 billion rescissions package by a simple majority, allowing them to avoid a Democratic filibuster." 

Appropriations: Senators are working to fund the government so they can avoid another omnibus later this year.

Opioids: The House is expected to work on bills to combat the opioid epidemic. 

Details and context for each: http://bit.ly/2yohjFs



The gist on how the Jimmy Kimmel/Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBeto O'Rourke will not share million he raised with other Dem Senate candidates Election Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight Donald Trump Jr. blasts Beto O’Rourke: ‘Irish guy pretending to be Hispanic’ MORE basketball game went -- 'We apologize to the game of basketball': 

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and TV host Jimmy Kimmel played each other in a charity basketball game Saturday. The outcome: The two were supposed to play to 15 points, but called it quits when Cruz won 11-9 after a two-hour game. Why they played: Kimmel said Cruz looked "like a blobfish," so Cruz challenged him to a one-on-one game. https://ti.me/2JW2lI6

How the Houston Chronicle described the game: "a slow-motion car-crash of half-court basketball."

Kimmel after the game: "We apologize to the game of basketball."

Video of the game and practices -- see for yourself: https://abcn.ws/2K0F0bl



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An interesting graphic:  



The House is out. The Senate will meet this afternoon.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump signs the Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2018.

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Sens. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyDisasters become big chunk of U.S. deficit Lawmakers, Wall Street shrug off Trump's escalating Fed attacks Florida politics play into disaster relief debate MORE (R-Ala.) and Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by PhRMA — Dem path to a Senate majority narrows GOP shrugs off dire study warning of global warming Overnight Health Care — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Senators face Wednesday vote on Trump health plans rule | Trump officials plan downtime for ObamaCare website | Lawmakers push for action on reducing maternal deaths MORE (R-W.Va.) in the Oval Office.

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets. 

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate has three roll call votes. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2tivS7x



11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump met with the National Space Council. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2JMHcUR

2 p.m. EDT: Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz and FBI Director Christopher Wray testify in a Senate committee over the handling of the Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCarter Page files defamation lawsuit against DNC Dems fear party is headed to gutter from Avenatti’s sledgehammer approach Election Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight MORE email probe during the 2016 presidential race. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2JPbvdm

3:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives a press briefing. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2yhmNlg



Today is International Picnic Day.


This is light and refreshing:

Via Fox Sports, here’s every goal that was scored during yesterday’s World Cup matches. Watch: https://foxs.pt/2ylh1ix


And to get your through your Monday afternoon, here's a puppy who feels exactly how you currently feel: http://bit.ly/2MyfuJ0