U.S. Border Patrol has consistently undercounted the number of deaths of migrants on American soil. North Korea suggests that it may back out of the summit with the United States in response to joint South Korea–U.S. military exercises. The White House announced plans to eliminate the top cyber policy advisor position. In a memorial event for law enforcement officials killed in the line of duty, President Trump stated that a “dangerous anti-police prejudice” is growing in the United States. The Trump Organization has brought on a Chinese state-owned company as a partner for a real estate development project in Indonesia, raising questions about potential conflicts of interest after the Trump administration expressed support for ZTE, a Chinese electronics company under US sanctions.
TRUMP: INVESTIGATIONS & LITIGATION
A federal district judge denied former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s motion to dismiss his indictment by the Special Counsel’s office on the grounds that the Special Counsel lacked authority to prosecute him (Politico).
Defense Department communications signal that the Trump Administration plans to hold migrant children on military bases (WaPo).
The Trump Administration’s approach to toxic coal ash is leading some Native American communities to argue that the Administration is ignoring tribal concerns (LA Times).
Racial biases may be playing into lines policymakers are drawing in work requirements for Medicaid, housing aid, and food assistance, write Emily Badger and Margot Sanger-Katz at the New York Times.
House Speaker Paul Ryan has scheduled a briefing for members of Congress that will discuss the Trump Administration’s work toward election security (The Hill).
Officials from the Department of Homeland Security met with Pennsylvania officials to discuss election security during the Commonwealth’s primaries (The Hill).
JUSTICE & SAFETY
Palestinian protests against Israel and the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem have decreased but not died off completely in their second day (NYT).
A new strategy from the Department of Homeland Security provides a framework for addressing the evolving cyber threats (Reuters).
The White House announced plans to eliminate the top cyber policy advisor position (The Hill).
After months of investigation, prosecutors are still unable to bring charges against a former CIA employee who was identified as a suspect in a CIA hacking tools leak (WaPo).
The United States announced new sanctions on Iran’s central bank governor for allegedly providing support to terrorists (Bloomberg).
In a memorial event for law enforcement officials killed in the line of duty, President Trump stated that a “dangerous anti-police prejudice” is growing in the United States (Politico).
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
The Trump Organization has brought on a Chinese state-owned company as a partner for a real estate development project in Indonesia, raising questions about potential conflicts of interest after the Trump administration expressed support for ZTE, a Chinese electronics company under US sanctions, report Alexandra Stevenson and Richard C. Paddock in the New York Times.
President Trump issued an executive order rescinding some national monument designations made under prior administrations, but it is unclear whether the Antiquities Act authorizes presidents to rescind these designations, notes Justin S. Daniel in the Regulatory Review.
A negotiator for the Mexican government suggested that talks on revisions to the North American Free Trade Agreement will likely continue beyond a Thursday deadline, making it unlikely that Congress will be able to vote on proposed revisions before the midterm elections (WSJ).
Breaking with longstanding practice, the Environmental Protection Agency will not consult with California’s regulators before proposing new vehicle emissions rules (WSJ).
RULE OF LAW
The Inspector General of the Environmental Protection Agency announced an investigation into EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s use of a private email account (Politico).
CHECKS AND BALANCES
The Senate confirmed Trump judicial nominees Joel Carson and John Nalbandian to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, respectively, bringing the total number of circuit judges confirmed during the Trump administration to 21 (Courthouse News).
The Senate is likely to confirm Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee for director of the Central Intelligence Agency, after several Democrats announced they would support her (NYTimes, Politico, WSJ).