Border Patrol facility in Clint, Tex. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

California Federal Judge Dolly M. Gee tasked an independent mediator with immediately improving conditions at Border Patrol facilities in Texas, reports the New York Times.

Why now: The order comes after reports detailed the conditions migrant children are being held in at a facility in Clint, Tex. The children were not provided adequate food and spent days in filthy clothes and diapers.

  • The federal judge set a July 12 deadline for the government to provide a progress report on the conditions.


  • Many of the migrant minors detained at the facility in Clint have since been been transferred.
  • The House passed a $4.5 billion emergency funding bill for humanitarian assistance for migrants and supplemental security measures on June 25. The bill specifies that children cannot be held for longer than 90 days, and shelter contractors will be barred if they fail to provide adequate accommodations.

Go deeper: Texas Republican says conditions in immigrant centers are worst he's ever seen

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Supreme Court expands religious freedoms in schools, employment

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The Supreme Court ended its term with a series of rulings on religion's role in schools, the workplace and access to health care.

Why it matters: The decisions elevated protections for people and employers of faith, while curtailing those of religion teachers, the nonreligious taxpayer and women who rely on their workplaces' health care plans for contraception.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 12,573,041 — Total deaths: 561,865 — Total recoveries — 6,915,740Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 3,213,902 — Total deaths: 134,420 — Total recoveries: 983,185 — Total tested: 38,919,421Map.
  3. Public health: Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter: "Please wear a mask to save lives" Fauci hasn't briefed Trump on the coronavirus pandemic in at least two months — We're losing the war on the coronavirus.
  4. Food: How the coronavirus pandemic boosted alternative meat.
  5. Sports: Charge of "money grab" by college football.
  6. World: India reimposes lockdowns as coronavirus cases soar.
  7. 🎧 Podcast: Rural America has its own coronavirus problem.

Scoop: Don Jr. plans convention-week Biden book

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Donald Trump Jr., in quarantine since girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle tested positive for the coronavirus, says he's used the time to finish a book that he'll self-publish the week of the Republican convention, at the end of August.

What he's saying: Don Jr., whose controversial blasts connect with President Trump's base, told me in a phone interview that "Liberal Privilege" will be his effort to paint a picture of Joe Biden and his record that the press ignores.