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Confronted by daily images of families being traumatized at the border, Republican lawmakers plan to increase pressure on President Trump to roll back a "zero tolerance" immigration policy resulting in parents being separated from children, GOP sources tell Jonathan Swan and me.
Two potentially game-changing voices joined the debate yesterday:
The backdrop: In April, the Justice Department notified "all U.S. Attorney’s Offices along the Southwest Border of a new 'zero-tolerance policy' for ... both attempted illegal entry and illegal entry into the United States by an alien."
The outlook: Republicans tell us that with midterms approaching and the border kids becoming a transcendent story, administration efforts to blame Democrats and parse the policy could become unsustainable.
P.S. N.Y. Times Quotation of the Day ... Natalie Garcia, who watched immigration agents arrest her father, Jose Luis Garcia, as he mowed his lawn (Garcia, a legal resident since 1988, was convicted of a misdemeanor in 2001):
"Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered about are bottles of water, bags of chips and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets," AP's Nomaan Merchant reports from McAllen, Texas:
"The Border Patrol said close to 200 people inside the facility were minors unaccompanied by a parent. Another 500 were 'family units,' parents and children":
Youth revolt ... "Struggling to find jobs, and often living at home, younger generations are propelling antiestablishment parties to new heights of power" — Wall Street Journal's Eric Sylvers (subscription):
President Trump's motorcade in Falls Church, Va., en route his golf club in Sterling, Va.
The New Yorker's Jon Lee Anderson ... "A Reporter At Large: A New Revolution in Mexico — Sick of corruption and of Trump, voters embrace the maverick leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador":
"A small but growing number of behavioral scientists and former Silicon Valley developers have begun trying to counterprogram those news alerts, friend requests and updates crowding our waking hours," the WashPost's William Wan reports:
Be smart: "In the modern economy of tablets and apps, our attention has become the most valuable commodity. Tech companies have armies of behavioral researchers whose sole job is to apply principles like Skinner’s variable rewards to grab and hold our focus as often and long as possible."
California startups are increasingly targeting green-conscious carnivores with plant burgers so beef-like they bleed and sizzle, Amy Harder writes in her "Harder Line" energy column:
A hot trend today is beef-like burgers from plant material. One kind, called the Impossible Burger, is targeting carnivore eaters.
On the real beef side, Elm Innovations, a nonprofit founded in 2016, is working with researchers at University of California, Davis, to feed cattle a supplement of particular kind of seaweed.
Medical marijuana's potential as an alternative to dangerous, addictive prescription painkillers is earning is a closer look in Washington, Axios' Caitlin Owens reports:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich — dividing his time between D.C. and Italy, where Callista Gingrich is U.S. ambassador to the Holy See — on why he thinks Republicans still have a 60% chance of keeping the House:
Happening tonight: Newt Gingrich will host a signing for his book, "Trump's America: The Truth about Our Nation's Great Comeback" (published June 5) at the Barnes & Noble in Ashburn, Va. (20427 Exchange St.), at 7 p.m.
“Incredibles 2,” Pixar’s spirited sequel about a family of superheroes, had the biggest domestic debut ever for an animated movie with an $180 million opening weekend, Entertainment Weekly reports:
"As stigma lifts, more men opt for plastic surgery — from 'torso tucks' to Botox" — USA Today's David Pan:
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