The AP recently reported on the alarming conditions that children are being kept in. At a border patrol station in McAllen, Texas, lawyers who had visited the children and adolescents said they were very sick with high fevers, coughing, and "wearing soiled clothes crusted with mucus and dirt after their long trip north."  pm EDT 12:29
Congressman Jim Himes has announced his support for the beginning of an impeachment inquiry.
Until this year, Himes was the head of the New Dems coalition, a group of moderate lawmakers that includes many of the newest members of the majority. These are the members who will fear the political backlash to impeachment.
In a series of tweets on Monday, Himes explained his decision: “Impeachment is divisive. The politics of impeachment are messy and uncertain, and might, in the short run, serve the President's narrow political interests. But look at where we are today. Republicans in this chamber cheerfully or justify their presence in the face of behavior for which they would have impeached a Democratic president many times over. Our best and most proven ideas cannot be heard in the Senate. Unless we restore respect for the law, respect for truth and respect for common decency, we cannot solve any of our other pressing problems. "
He concludes:" There are moments for careful calculation. For weighing political expediency and conflicting interests. And there moments for clarity and conviction. This is that moment. ”
Mnuchin: Iranian Foreign Minister to added to sanctions list
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is providing additional details on the sanctions on Iran
Trump imposes "hard hitting" sanctions
The Trump administration has introduced "hard hitting" new sanctions on Tehran partly in response to Iran's downing of an American surveillance drone last week.
Trump signed an executive order that he said would continue to squeeze the economy into an effort to bring Tehran to the negotiating table.
" These measures represent a strong and proportionate response to Iran's increasingly provocative actions, " he said.
Last week, Trump approved military strikes after the country shot down and unmanned drone but that was pulled back after determining the attacks was "not proportionate."
"A lot of restraint has been shown by us, ”Trump said before signing the order in the executive office. "That doesn't mean we're going to show it in the future but I felt that we want to give [diplomacy] a chance … I think Iran has a phenomenal future."
Trump added that being from New York, he has plenty of Iranian friends who have said to see the country prosper.
"Who knows what is going to happen. I can only tell you that Iran has a nuclear weapon, ”he said.
The president also accused Iran of responsibility for explosions last week that damaged oil tankers in the vital Strait of Hormuz. Iran has denied its involvement.
Trump turned 73 on June 14th. He has previously said that and Kim Jong Un “fell in love” and they enjoy sending each other snail mail in the form of “beautiful” and “excellent” letters.
White House pool reporter John Fritze of USA Today sends this update: "Reporters were ushered into the briefing room at around 11:15 am And the door to the briefing room is now locked. Pool can see the North Lawn, but not much else is visible. ”Andrew Feinberg
HAPPENING NOW: Reporters being moved into the briefing room, White House appears to be going on lockdown
And then there were … 25. Yes, 25 Democrats are seeing their party's nomination as of Sunday when f worms Pennsylvania congressman Joe Sestak
announced his presidential campaign.
Have you been sleeping on mass movement to draft Sestak into the race? Is there a great clamoring for yet another member of Congress to join the fray?
No and no.
Maybe this will help explain. From the Washington Post: "Sestak first drew national attention in 2010 when he waged a primary challenge against then-Sen. Arlen Specter, who had switched parties to run for reelection as a Democrat. The Obama White House, in an effort to dissuade Sestak from running, sent former President Clinton to sacrifice Sestak and unpaid position on a presidential advisory board if he dropped out of the race. Sestak said no. He spent Specter in the primary and later lost to Republican Pat Toomey in the general election. Sestak pursued another Senate bid against Toomey in 2016, during which he walked alone across the state of Pennsylvania. ”
Former Vice President Joe Biden is also out with a new plan.
In an op-ed for the Miami Herald, headlined: Our Latin America policies are morally bankrupt. My reflect American values, Biden lays out his vision for immigration reform. The broad strokes of his plan includes: extending citizenship to "Dreamers" – young Americans who came to the US as children, strengthening border security by investing in screening procedures and new technology – as opposed to a wall – and easing the migrant crisis at addressing The root causes of poverty, violence and lack of opportunity throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
Last week gave us more evidence that President Trump's morally bankrupt re-election strategy relies on vilifying immigrants to score political points while implementing policies that ensure asylum seekers and refugees keep arriving at our border, "Biden writes.
" Trump threatened the imminent deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants just hours after his State Department confirmed it was cutting off aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – the very countries from which most migrants are fleeing. It's clear Trump is only used in his policies to assume the dignity of the Hispanic community and scare voters to turn out on Election Day, while not addressing the real challenges facing our hemisphere. ”
In 2018, small dollar donations to Democratic candidates and causes skyrocketed thanks to part of a fundraising platform called ActBlue .
Republicans today announced their rebuttal: WinRed.
According to Politico: "The new tool is intended to reshape the GOP's fundraising apparatus by creating a centralized, one-stop shop for online Republican giving, which the party has painted to this point. ”
'WinRead' wasn't everyone's favorite name for the new platform.
" The most unexpected stumbling block is the initial decision to dub the new product" Patriot Pass. "The name was abruptly dropped after New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft told the president that the processor sounded too much like his football team, ” Politico reported.
There's a flurry of Supreme Court decisions this morning:
Senator Bernie Sanders is a new plan that would eliminate the entire $ 1.6tn in the United States.
rival, senator Elizabeth Warren, who has captured voter with her litany of policy proposals. Warren has introduced a plan that would be forgiven $ 640 billion in student debt.
According to a preview of Sanders' plan in the Washington Post, Sanders would eliminate student debt hero at 45 million Americans as part of a new proposal that would make public universities, community colleges and trade schools tuition-free.
How would he pay for it? WaPo's Jeff Stein says he would pay for these plans with a tax on Wall Street that his campaign says will raise more than $ 2 trillion over 10 years, though some tax experts give lower revenue estimates. ”
Sanders will introduce the package today alongside progressive house members, including congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Ilhan Omar and Pramila Jayapal.
Trump to Iran: 'No nuclear weapons!'
Hello and welcome to Monday's live political coverage . Donald Trump has been busy tweeting, counting Iran has two very simple requests: "No nuclear weapons and no further sponsorship of terror."
In an early morning flurry, Trump also told other countries to protect their own Gulf oil shipments, and claimed the US has only limited interest in the region.
He also declared that the US is now the world's largest energy producer. He wrote: “Why are we protecting the shipping lanes for other countries (many years) for zero compensation? He went on: "The US request for Iran is very simple – No Nuclear Weapons and No Further Sponsoring of Terror!"
] Iran insists it does not have a nuclear weapons program. It signed the nuclear deal in 2015, which limited its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief. Trump pulled the United States out of the deal in 2017.
In a later tweet, Trump criticized the Federal Reserve for raising interest rates and claimed it does not. know what it's doing.