ESSENTIAL #1: “‘WE’RE IN A DARK PLACE’: CHILDREN RETURNED TO TROUBLED TEXAS BORDER FACILITY” ARTURO RUBIO AND CAITLIN DICKERSON, THE NEW YORK TIMES
From the article: “The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general has recently reported on facilities that it found to be dangerously overcrowded, where there was standing room only, and where lights had been kept on 24 hours a day in rooms where people had been left to sleep on concrete floors. But reporters have rarely been allowed into the facilities to document the conditions first hand.
Mr. Trump refused to take responsibility for the conditions facing migrant children and families at border facilities. ‘You know, they were built by President Obama, they are really not designed so much for children,’ Mr. Trump said in an interview in the Oval Office on Tuesday. ‘But you know, children can be there because we have no choice because of the laws, the laws are so bad.’”
ESSENTIAL #2: “PELOSI CLINCHES DEAL WITH PROGRESSIVES ON BORDER SPENDING BILL” SARAH FERRIS, HEATHER CAYGLE AND JENNIFER SCHOLTES, POLITICO
From the article: “Speaker Nancy Pelosi clinched an 11th hour deal with progressives on an emergency border spending package on Tuesday, avoiding an embarrassing intraparty split and ensuring the bill’s passage.
Top Democrats made several tweaks to the contentious $4.5 billion border funding bill, just hours before it will be considered on the floor, according to multiple lawmakers and aides.”
ESSENTIAL #3: “HARRIS PRESSED TO GET MORE PERSONAL ABOUT WHY SHE’S RUNNING” ERRIN HAINES WHACK AND JULIE PACE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
From the article: “It was the kind of moment some Harris advisers and allies have been waiting for: the blending of Harris’ polished political resume with a revealing glimpse at the forces that have shaped her life and her vision for the presidency.
Defining that vision is one of Harris’ central challenges through the summer, according to aides and allies to the senator. It’s seen as a missing ingredient in a campaign that, for all its strengths — a historic candidate, a strong campaign apparatus and an impressive fundraising network — has been criticized as overly cautious and risks being passed by rival campaigns. Early polling shows Harris trailing former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and facing strong competition from Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana.”
ESSENTIAL #4: “HOW SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN WOULD OVERHAUL ELECTIONS” ALEX THOMPSON, POLITICO
From the article: “Democrat Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday unveiled a sweeping plan to give the federal government a far bigger role in setting the rules for elections, rather than deferring to states and localities.”