Welcome to the Morning Scoop for June 18, 2018. There were mass shootings in New Jersey and Colorado over the weekend and plenty of sad images from holding facilities at the border. We turned the news off for a while and listened to dad rock, which helped.
Trump Under Pressure Over Family Separation Policy
Leading members of both major political parties demanded Sunday that the Trump administration stop separating children from their parents when apprehended at the border. Even First Lady Melania Trump called the policy into question, saying she “hates to see” families separated.
The New York Times reports, “Republican lawmakers, the former first lady Laura Bush, a conservative newspaper and a onetime adviser to Mr. Trump joined Democrats in condemning family separations that have removed nearly 2,000 children from their parents in just six weeks.”
Pictures of children without their parents in holding facilities — including a converted Walmart store — have caused an uproar and led some lawmakers to travel to the temporary shelters to bring further attention to the issue.
In related news, five immigrants were killed when an SUV they were traveling in crashed after a high-speed chase with border patrol agents.
22 Injured, One Dead After Shooting at New Jersey Art Festival
On Sunday, twenty-two people, including a teenager, were injured in a shooting at a 24-hour art festival in Trenton, New Jersey, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office said.
During a Sunday morning press conference, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri said officials believe an officer shot and killed one of the suspects, a 33-year-old man. Another suspect was taken into custody.
‘Incredibles 2’ Smashes Box Office Records
The Disney-Pixar sequel made an, um, incredible $180 million at the box office over the Father’s Day Weekend, easily setting the record for the biggest opening for an animated film. It also passed 2017’s “Beauty and the Beast” ($174.6 million) for the most-profitable debut for a PG-rated movie.
The original “Incredibles” opened in 2004 and anticipation for the follow-up has been strong. The decision to open on Father’s Day weekend probably didn’t hurt. “Ocean’s 8’s” took a distant second place, bringing in $19.5 million in it’s second weekend.
Today in a Tweet: EVERYBODY is Watching the World Cup
Including some pretty adorable otters. But maybe the most people are watching in Mexico, where they celebrated a goal so hard yesterday, it set off earthquake sensors.
Last But Not Least: UC Berkeley to Offer Course on Frank Ocean
Two UC Berkeley students’ proposal for a course on alt-R&B singer Frank Ocean has been approved.
Preya Gill and her roommate Deborah Chang are the two young women behind “Brain like Berkeley”, a course discussing Ocean’s artistry. The two students credit their immediate bonding as roommates to Ocean’s music.
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House Democrats in Washington Forming a Medicare-for-All Congressional Caucus
Could this be a big enough step toward universal healthcare?
Teen Who Urged Boyfriend’s Suicide Through Text Says It Was Free Speech
Apparently, the First Amendment extends to telling your boyfriend to get back into the truck and kill himself.