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June 21, 2018

Sure, Fox News goes out of its way to show its fealty and love to President Trump — it's Trump's No. 1 cable news channel, not just America's, after all. But is it really fair to compare Fox News to the state-run TV broadcaster of a murderous totalitarian regime that strictly prohibits outside news sources to the point that it created its own insular internet? The Daily Show did a little comparison shopping, creating a North Korea-Fox News "propaganda-off."

The main difference, you might conclude from these clips, is production quality and tone — the North Korea state broadcaster is perhaps a little manic-sounding for U.S. sensibilities. But Fox News has an actual news division, too, and unless North Korean state TV has its own Shep Smith, the comparison seems a little unfair. At the same time, two people familiar with preparations for the Trump-Kim Jong Un summit told The Washington Post, after watching some North Korean TV, Trump "talked about how positive the female North Korean news anchor was toward Kim" and "joked that even the administration-friendly Fox News was not as lavish in its praise as the state TV anchor." So stay tuned. Peter Weber

June 21, 2018

Croatia locked up its spot in the World Cup Round of 16 on Thursday, thanks in part to a stunning mistake by Argentine goalkeeper Willy Caballero in the 53rd minute. In an attempt to pass the ball to his own defender, Caballero gave it straight to Croatia's Ante Rebić, who put the ball right back into the net.

"It's a howler, an absolute howler, on the biggest stage," the Fox Sports announcer groaned.

Croatia's Luka Modrić scored his team's second goal in the 81st minute, with Ivan Rakitić contributing his own in the 92nd, ending the game with a score of 3-0. FiveThirtyEight gives Argentina a 33 percent chance of making the Round of 16 at this point, with Iceland the more likely team to advance from Group D with a 46 percent chance. Jeva Lange

June 21, 2018

MSNBC's Chris Hayes insisted that Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) cite his sources on Thursday when the lawmaker doubled-down on his unproven allegation that terrorists and cartel members are "posing as families … trying to cross our borders."

The tense exchange began after Hayes told Marshall, "we've interviewed mothers from Guatemala and Honduras whose sons have been killed by drug cartels who have fled 1,000 miles north risking everything. Are they a national security threat?" Marshall replied by citing a statistic also used frequently by the administration: That immigrants falsely posing as family members have tripled at the border (Marshall claims it's "quadrupled" in speaking with Hayes).

The data being cited, though, "reflects a period of less than two years, making it difficult to draw a meaningful historical comparison," writes The New York Times. "And the instances of fraud make up less than 1 percent of families apprehended at the border." That's part of why Hayes later interrupts to say: "You keep using the word 'posing' … you keep implying that these people are making up stories, that 5-year-olds have been coached, that they've been taken by traffickers. What I'm asking you is to present evidence that that is happening in any systemic way."

Watch the entire exchange, and Marshall's response, below. Jeva Lange

June 20, 2018

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.

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:

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."

Her fans were understanding. "Rachel Maddow breaking down on live TV is all of us," tweeted writer Brian Tyler Cohen. Jeva Lange

June 20, 2018

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

June 19, 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

June 14, 2018

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

June 14, 2018

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."

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

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