☕️ Good Monday morning, and welcome to October:
A majority of the separated migrant families who were in the news earlier this year have been reunited. But another kids crisis is growing: The Trump administration is struggling to provide shelter and find homes for a record-breaking 13,000+ migrant children in its custody, Axios' Stef Kight reports.
The Times reports a shocking detail about the move of hundreds of migrant kids in recent weeks from shelters from Kansas to New York, to "a barren tent city on a sprawling patch of desert in West Texas":
Why the numbers are growing: Not only was there a surge of minors caught attempting illegal solo crossings of the border this summer, new vetting policies at the Department of Health and Human Services have slowed the process for releasing these kids to suitable families already in the U.S.
There are not only more kids in custody, but they're being held longer:
Why it'll get worse ... "[D]eep structural forces threatening to send even more migrants north: hunger, joblessness and the gravitational pull of the American economy," the WashPost's Nick Miroff reports from Guatemala City.
What the administration says ... A Department of Homeland Security official told me: "The lack of awareness and discussion of ... debilitating loopholes [under current laws and court rulings] remain one of the great underreported stories of our times."
It's now the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. (You can dance to it!)
Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday "signed a bill into law that makes California the first state to require corporate boards of directors to include women," per the L.A. Times' Patrick McGreevy:
"The new law requires publicly traded corporations headquartered in California to include at least one woman on their boards of directors by the end of 2019 as part of an effort to close the gender gap in business."
Ryan Lizza reports from Sibley, Iowa, for Esquire, House Intellgence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) for years has "spun himself as a straight talker whose no-BS values are rooted in his family’s California dairy farm."
"On my third day in Sibley, I became used to the cars tailing me."
During a heated conversation about Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, Kellyanne Conway tells Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union" that she was a victim of sexual assault:
This is about whether or not this man and his impeccable judicial temperament and qualifications in 12 years on the second highest court in this country is qualified to be on the United States Supreme Court. ... I feel very empathetic, frankly, for victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment and rape. ...
I'm a victim of sexual assault. ... That is who is responsible for a sexual assault, the people who commit them. ... I have just had it. I have just had it with it all being the same.
P.S. "In a call to Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, nine days ago from his Bedminster, N.J., country club, Mr. Trump unleashed an expletive-filled tirade, telling Mr. McConnell that he had let the process get away from him," the N.Y. Times' Mike Shear and Robin Pogrebin report:
Bruce Mehlman of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas says in one of his famous slide decks that the 2018 midterm results will help determine Dems' more promising path for 2020:
A new "G-9" .... "America’s Allies Must Step Up as America Steps Down," Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay write in the November/December issue of Foreign Affairs (adapted from their book, "The Empty Throne: America’s Abdication of Global Leadership," out Oct. 16):
The major allies of the United States can leverage their collective economic and military might to save the liberal world order. France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the EU in Europe; Australia, Japan, and South Korea in Asia; and Canada in North America are the obvious candidates to supply the leadership that the Trump administration will not.
Together, they represent the largest economic power in the world, and their collective military capabilities are surpassed only by those of the United States.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
A nascent organization funded by global oil companies to address climate change may seem ironic — but it's a credible effort that could actually have a real impact, writes Axios' Amy Harder in her "Harder Line" energy column.
"In her most pointed comments to date about allegations of harassment at CBS, Katie Couric said the reports about the network's toxic, male-centric culture ring true," CNN reports:
What we're listening to: Couric and Brian Goldsmith made a podcast documentary to mark the 10-year anniversary of her interview with Sarah Palin:
Out tomorrow from Fox News' Tucker Carlson, "Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution" (Free Press):
Donald Trump was in many ways an unappealing figure. He never hid that. Voters knew it.
Trump might be vulgar and ignorant, but he wasn’t responsible for the many disasters America’s leaders created. Trump didn’t invade Iraq or bail out Wall Street. He didn’t lower interest rates to zero, or open the borders, or sit silently by as the manufacturing sector collapsed and the middle class died. ...
Happy countries don’t elect Donald Trump president. Desperate ones do.
"Minivans are the future of transportation — just don’t call them minivans," reports Michael Laris for The Washington Post: