Daily News Digest June 16, 2018

This Week's Headlines: 

About 2,000 children were separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border over a recent six-week time period as a result of a "zero tolerance" policy that cracks down on illegal immigration, according to The Associated Press.

The report, which cites figures obtained from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), says that from April 19 through May 31, 1,995 minors were separated from 1,940 adults.

George Papadopoulos. Michael Flynn. Alexander van der Zwaan. Paul Manafort. Some of the most high-profile men caught up in the Russia investigation all have one thing in common: They’ve learned firsthand that the cover-up can also be a crime.

All four men have either decided to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller or have been sent to jail—not because it was proven that any of them colluded with Russia or attempted to obstruct justice, but because they lied to the FBI or tried to influence the outcome of the investigation in some significant way. Their fates could send a clear signal to the president, who is weighing whether or not to sit down with Mueller for an interview: If you lie to federal agents, there will be consequences.

Two separate courts ruled this week that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must enforce regulations that restrict states from emitting pollution that could cross borders into neighboring states.

U.S. district courts in Maryland and New York both ruled separately that EPA was derelict in its duty by not enforcing states to comply with the "Good Neighbor provision" under the Clean Air Act meant to address smog pollution. 

Donald Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods became official today.

Just as quickly, China responded with retaliatory tariffs on American goods—and, immediately, one of the U.S.’s most important crops took a nosedive, according to a report from Reuters.

President Donald Trump's administration is said to be set on withdrawing the US from the United Nations Human Rights Council. which meets for a new session next week

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has accused the 47-member organisation based in Geneva of “chronic anti-Israel bias” since she came into office last year and according to a number of reports, the withdrawal is “imminent,” particularly after UN's recent condemnation of Israel's violence against Palestinians in Gaza.