"Horrifying" conditions at the border. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and other Democratic members of Congress visited a border facility holding detained migrants. They described squalid conditions, including people drinking out of toilets - https://reut.rs/2NoW4e1

  • The Associated Press released video of a 12-year-old migrant girl describing terrible conditions inside a Texas Border Patrol station. She said she and her 6-year-old sister were not allowed to play or bathe - http://bit.ly/2NuXrIc

Disturbing. US Customs and Border Protection officials say they're investing a closed Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol agents that featured shocking jokes about migrant death and other offensive content including a picture photoshopped to show Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez being sexually assaulted by President Donald Trump - http://bit.ly/2NrRQTe


The Fourth of Trump. President Trump's 4th of July rally on the National Mall will include tanks and military aircraft. It's unknown how much the celebration will cost, but some of the aircraft costs more than $30,000 per hour to fly - http://bit.ly/323DYl4

  • Officials are worried that Arlington Memorial Bridge, which connects Arlington National Cemetary and the Lincoln Memorial may not be able to hold the weight of the 60-ton tanks - https://nyti.ms/324cVX0

2020 

  • Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren are on the rise, while former vice president tumbled a bit following the first Democratic presidential debates - https://cnn.it/321UF0k
  • A political ad tracking firm says the total cost of TV and digital ads in next year's election will top $6 billion - https://politi.co/2NBGBaW
  • This is usually not a good sign. Democrat John Hickenlooper has shaken up his presidential campaign after 3 top staffers exit - https://politi.co/2Nt3iOh

Iran. On Monday, the country exceeded the limit on how much nuclear fuel it can possess under the 2015 deal that President Trump abandoned. Iranian officials announced they would begin enriching nuclear material - https://nyti.ms/3279fna


North Korea

  • Trump administration officials are unsure how to proceed with North Korea following President Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un over the weekend - https://nyti.ms/321MqkW
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been given two to three weeks to start talks with North Korea about denuclearization - https://wapo.st/3247eZ9

China. Republican Sen. Rick Scott said a trade deal between the U.S. and China is highly unlikely - https://cnb.cx/324zcUB


For your radar. The Trump administration missed its own July 1 deadline to print the forms needed for next years Census. President Trump said he might seek to delay the Constitutionally mandated count after the Supreme Court would not allow the White House to include a citizenship question on the once-a-decade count - https://n.pr/326fiID


Say what? Sen. Ted Cruz's lawyers likened him to civil rights icon Rosa Parks in a case over whether Cruz can recoup a $10,000 loan he made to his campaign - https://cbsn.ws/2NukdA2


"Ubereats with guns." A whistleblower in the State Department told a House committee that Secretary of Stae Mike Pompeo's security team was asked to pick up food or take the Pompeo family dog to the groomer - https://cnn.it/2NppSaw


Journalism in crisis. The news business is on pace for the worst job losses in a decade as about 3,000 people have already been laid off or offered buyouts so far in 2019 - https://bloom.bg/324L491


Lee Greenwood weeps. A new Gallup survey finds the number of Americans who are "proud" of the U.S. is at its lowest point since 2001. There's a significant partisan divide in the results. 76% Republicans say they are "extremely proud" to be an American while only 22% of Democrats feel that way - http://bit.ly/2Nui47s


Culture war update. Nike reportedly pulled a shoe featuring the "Betsy Ross Flag" on the heel after former NFL quarterback Colin Kapernick and other groups said the image had been co-opted as a symbol of white nationalism. Others objected to the use of the flag because of its connections to slavery - https://yhoo.it/2Ns8G47