Weekend News Roundup for July 7-8, 2018

NATIONAL

Paul Manafort is kept in solitary confinement 23 hours a day; prison officials say they can’t keep him safe in the general population before his July 25 trial

Used to have his job, made some mistakes of her own: What former EPA chief Christine Todd Whitman thinks about Scott Pruitt

Democratic senators once accused potential Trump SCOTUS pick Brett Kavanaugh of offering false  testimony on detainee policy of the early 2000s, when he was a lawyer in the Bush White House

AROUND NEW JERSEY

There she goes, Miss America? Reps from 22 state pageants, including NJ, signed a petition calling for the immediate resignations of the entire Miss America Organization Board of Trustees, and the org’s president & CEO

Hot Pockets, IHOP & iced tea. Here’s what’s on the menu if you’re arrested in NJ 

Meadowlands pollution: State DEP grants initial permits to build a power plant in North Bergen that Sierra Club says could be a ‘monster of air pollution’ damaging the Meadowlands environment and quality of life, and local towns have passed resolutions against

Make American Giants Again: Jets owner Woody Johnson: I’m raising my 2 sons to be ‘just like Donald Trump’

In Kearny, a group called First Friends, started as a parish ministry, aims to be human contact and a hand up to detainees here, and under Trump’s draconian policies.

The U.S. trade war with China just started. Here’s what you should know, NJ

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez & NJ state senator Teresa Ruiz: “We cannot imagine the confusion and fear felt by a child who cries out for their father or mother when no one appears to comfort them. We cannot imagine the anguish felt by parents who were told their children were being taken for a bath only to never return, having been shipped off to child detention facilities often located hundreds of miles away. Nor can we imagine America being a nation that tears families apart.”  Read their op-ed here

TRENTONIA

CAMPAIGNS & ELECTIONS

Cory Booker is still on Washington Post’s list of Top 5 most likely Dem presidential candidates

CD7: Lance playing the my-family-is-here-forever card: Leonard Lance calls Tom Malinowski a ‘total carpetbagger’

Meeting went 2x as long as scheduled: Rep. Chris Smith took up the issue of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, meeting with Russian legislators in Berlin

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