A visibly distraught Rachel Maddow ended her show after trying to report on shelters housing babies forcibly separated from immigrant parents
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow broke down in tears Tuesday night while trying to make her way through an Associated Press report about "tender age" shelters, which are being used by the Trump administration to house babies and toddlers forcibly separated from their parents on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Rachel Maddow breaking down on live television is all of us. pic.twitter.com/KBa9ewcG48
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) June 20, 2018
Maddow, visibly distraught, was unable to make her way through the opening sentence of the report, looking up at the camera to say, "I think I'm going to have to hand this off. Sorry, that's it for us tonight, we'll see you again tomorrow."
She later tweeted an apology to her viewers:
Ugh, I'm sorry.
If nothing else, it is my job to actually be able to speak while I'm on TV.
What I was trying to do -- when I suddenly couldn't say/do anything -- was read this lede:
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) June 20, 2018
Maddow subsequently shared the AP report, which reads: "Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents to at least three 'tender age' shelters in South Texas. Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the 'tender age' shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis." Maddow added: "Again, I apologize for losing it there for a moment. Not the way I intended that to go, not by a mile."
'Jarring' footage shows young girls being transferred to and from a NYC facility believed to be housing migrant minors
Spectrum News NY1 captured "jarring" footage of a number of young girls being ushered to and from the building that houses the Cayuga Centers in Harlem around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, after a tipster told reporters that "kids separated from their parents along the southern U.S. border would be brought there," said anchor Josh Robin, who was on the scene.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has confirmed that more than 70 children who were separated from their parents at the border are now being housed in New York state. People familiar with the situation told NY1 that the Cayuga Centers are helping to care for such kids, including by placing them in foster care. A woman who was with the girls seen in the video "emphatically denied they had been separated from their parents."
"We want to be very careful," Robin said. "We don't know for sure the situation … We can't say for sure what my sources have told me, that [these girls] have been brought from the southern border." You can watch the footage below. Jeva Lange
EXCLUSIVE: Children from the southern border are being brought to NYC after being separated from their families.
Overnight, @joshrobin captured video of unusual activity at a foster agency in East Harlem. #MorningsOn1 pic.twitter.com/WhiN27wb5T
— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) June 20, 2018
It's bear season once more at Alaska's Katmai National Park, and the 24-hour cameras are back up and running in multiple locations. For those who are uninitiated to the most riveting thing you'll watch all summer, the park's cameras give viewers the opportunity to get up close and personal with the state's majestic brown bears — from the comfort of your safe, fortified, bear-proof home, of course.
While there are several locations to choose from, Brooks Falls is always a good bet for spotting bears in the river feasting on salmon that are swimming upstream to spawn:
There is also an underwater bear cam, which has the potential to give you a dramatic close-up of some ursine choppers. Watch that one below. Jeva Lange
Stephen Colbert soberly smacks down Jeff Sessions for separating families, using the Bible to justify it
Normally, Stephen Colbert said on Thursday's Late Show, he makes jokes about news stories "everybody's already talking about. ... But this story is different, because this is the conversation everybody should be having." Under the new policy by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, more than 1,300 migrant children have been taken from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. "Now, if that sounds evil, then good news: Your ears are working," Colbert said. The "bad news" is that Americans "are putting up with our government saying to immigrants, 'If you come to the United States, the worst thing imaginable will happen to you: We will take your children away from you with no guarantee you'll see them again.'"
"Now clearly, no decent human being could defend that, so Jeff Sessions did," Colbert said, and Sessions cited the Bible as backup. "I will give Sessions this: That is what Romans 13:1 says: You've got to have laws," he added. "But if he had just read a little bit further, into Romans 13:10, it says: 'Love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.' But I'm not surprised Sessions didn't read the whole thing. After all, Jesus said, 'Suffer the children to come unto me,' but I'm pretty sure all Sessions saw was the words 'children' and 'suffer' and said, 'I'm on it!'"
The Trump administration is storing these kids in abandoned Walmarts and building "tent cities" on military bases, "but it wouldn't matter if you took these children to really nice hotels, or Trump hotels, we'd still be the only country in the whole damn world doing it, because it's just plain wrong," Colbert said. "So for Father's Day, call your elected representatives and demand they do something. Because I sincerely believe that it doesn't matter who you voted for — if we let this happen in our names, we are a feckless country." Peter Weber
Watch reporters lose their patience with Sarah Huckabee Sanders' defense of separating migrant families at the border
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders hosted a tense press conference Thursday as reporters challenged her on the Trump administration's policy of separating children from their parents at the border. "The attorney general earlier today said that somehow there is a justification for this in the Bible," said CNN's Jim Acosta. "Where does it say in the Bible that it is moral to take children away from their mothers?"
Sanders said she wasn't aware of the attorney general's comments or what he was referencing, but "I can say that it is very biblical to enforce the law. That is actually repeated a number of times throughout the Bible." As Acosta started to push back, Sanders shut him down by saying: "I know it's hard for you to understand even short sentences."
Asked about Jeff Sessions' claim that separating children from parents is rooted in the Bible, Sanders says "it it is very biblical to enforce the law."
She then calls @Acosta dumb, saying, "I know it's hard for you to understand even short sentences." pic.twitter.com/LnQrBUvDBe
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 14, 2018
As the press conference went on, CNN's Brian Karem lost his patience with Sanders' explanations. "Come on, Sarah, you're a parent," he said, standing up to confront her. "Don't you have any empathy for what these people are going through?" Watch the heated moment below. Jeva Lange
"Come on Sarah, you're a parent. Don't you have any empathy for what these people are going through?" CNN political analyst Brian Karem presses White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on family separations at the US-Mexico border https://t.co/b6r513WU0R pic.twitter.com/FqdjUK4Jhe
— CNN (@CNN) June 14, 2018
CNN's Chris Cuomo demolished Virginia GOP Senate candidate Corey Stewart on Wednesday night in a fiery exchange over Stewart's anti-immigrant views and his association with neo-Confederates. At one point, when Stewart attempted an attack on Cuomo's late father, former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo (D), Chris Cuomo blisteringly shot back: "My father is dead and buried and was 10 times the man you will ever be on your best day."
CNN commentator and Republican strategist Ana Navarro, for one, loved every minute of it. "Oh honey, can I tell you something?" Navarro told her colleague afterwards. "Jason Miller doesn't have to own Corey Stewart because sweetheart, you just did for the last two segments. That is the most entertaining 15 minutes I have watched on TV in a long, long time. Forget the raccoon cam, forget the gorilla channel, just give me Chris Cuomo owning neo-Nazis, owning white nationalists."
"The most entertaining 15 min. I have watched on TV in a long, long time. Forget the raccoon cam, forget the gorilla channel, just give me Chris Cuomo owning neo-Nazis, owning white nationalists" @ananavarro on @ChrisCuomo's combative interview with Senate candidate Corey Stewart pic.twitter.com/B9ud6uTHN0
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) June 14, 2018
"I'm glad you put me in that group of other wild animals," Cuomo joked back. Watch some of his "Nazi-owning" below. Jeva Lange
“My father is dead and buried and was ten times the man you will ever be on your best day”@ChrisCuomo fires back at GOP Senate candidate Corey Stewart, who attacked former NY Gov. Mario Cuomo to defend his own reported association with people who have demonstrated bigoted views pic.twitter.com/iYvYfdbDNi
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) June 14, 2018
North Korean newscaster uses honorific 'supreme leader' to refer to Trump in coverage of the Singapore summit
Two days after President Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, North Koreans are at last seeing footage of the historic meeting on state TV, The Associated Press reports. The 42-minute news program is breathlessly narrated by the nation's famous news anchor Ri Chun Hee, who goes as far as to use the honorific "supreme leaders" to refer to both Kim and Trump.
The coverage is a surprising shift for North Korea, which uses propaganda to teach citizens to hate and fear Americans. Kim, though, is the hero of the North Korean news program, with the AP noting "he was shown allowing the older American — Trump, in his seventies, is more than twice Kim's age — to lean in toward him to shake hands, or give a thumbs up, then walking a few steps ahead to a working lunch." The BBC also observes that North Korea included footage of Trump saluting one of its generals, apparently out of confusion over a muddled handshake.
Watch the famous meeting of Kim and Trump, which comes about halfway through the North Korean news program, below. Jeva Lange
— BBC Monitoring (@BBCMonitoring) June 14, 2018
MSNBC got a look inside a child migrant detention 'shelter' in Texas, and the Trump mural is really something
Employees at Casa Padre, a former Walmart that houses nearly 1,500 unaccompanied migrant children in Brownsville, Texas, called the police on Sen. Jeff Merkeley (D-Ore.) last month, but on Tuesday, MSNBC's Jacob Soboroff was given a tour of the facility. "I have been inside a federal prison and county jails," he said on Twitter afterward. "This place is called a shelter but these kids are incarcerated."
There are currently 1,469 boys age 10 to 17 housed in the facility, with up to 30 percent of them — or 440 children — among the new batch separated from their parents under President Trump's new "zero tolerance" border policy, Soboroff explained. "The thing that strikes me, as the parent of a 2 1/2-year-old boy, is what about from 0 to 10?" Soboroff told Chris Hayes on MSNBC Tuesday night. "Where are those kids?" There are 99 other facilities housing children in 17 states. These children are "allowed outside, Chris, where we are, in the fresh air, for two hours a day," he said. "And the rest, 22 hours a day, they're inside a former Walmart."
One of the strangest things about the facility, Soboroff said, is the mural of Trump you see right when you enter, with the quote, in both English and Spanish: "Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war."
Starting to get some handout photos from our tour with @HHSGov.
Here’s the Trump mural I mentioned to @chrislhayes inside the shelter for incarcerated child migrants.
Also their beds and the towels they shower with. pic.twitter.com/EPEQ1VGAAF
— Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff) June 14, 2018
Casa Padre is a licensed child-care facility run by the Texas nonprofit Southwest Key Programs (SKP), but the "tent cities" the Trump administration is envisioning won't have to be, Soboroff said. SKP runs facilities for unaccompanied child migrants in seven states and, according to a 2015 tax filing, CEO Juan Sanchez made $770,860 in annual "reportable compensation." You can read more of Soboroff's observations on Twitter. Peter Weber