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June 4, 2019 8:36 a.m.

Happy Tuesday, June 4. Activists pressured New York churches to cancel scheduled appearances with a Holocaust “historian” who teaches that Polish Jews “had fun” during Nazi occupation — but a Polish nationalist group is insisting that it’ll find her more venues. Here’s more on that and the other stories we’re following.

Three Things We’re Watching Today

A rare split between Republicans and Trump

Republicans are hot under the collar about Trump’s threatened tariffs on Mexico. First they were just voicing their disapproval; now they’re threatening to hold a vote to block the tariffs. We’ll be watching to see if Trump backs off as he realizes he doesn’t have the support of his usually loyal members.

Trump meets with May

It’s day two of his visit to the United Kingdom, and President Trump is meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May. The two have had contentious exchanges in the past, so we’ll watch remarks from the leaders at a press conference soon.

Appearances by Holocaust distorter at U.S. churches cancelled

Under pressure from activists, at least two churches in New York have cancelled events featuring Ewa Kurek, a historian who pushes a theory that Jews in Poland were complicit with the Nazis. Two more still have her scheduled to speak, and a local group is trying to find her different pulpits from which to spread her distorted message. TPM’s Kate Riga will continue to follow the story today.

Today’s Rundown

8:45 a.m. ET Trump and May hold a joint press conference.

9:00 a.m. ET House Democratic and GOP caucuses hold a closed-door meeting.

10:00 a.m. ET House and Senate gavel in.

10:15 a.m. ET House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) holds a weekly press conference.

2:45 p.m. ET Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have dinner with Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in London.

Yesterday’s Most-Read Story

NYT: Elaine Chao’s China Trip Was Canceled After ‘Alarmingly Inappropriate’ Requests — Nicole Lafond

Reading List

West Virginia Senate passes sweeping education bill to ban teacher strikes – Elham Khatami, ThinkProgress

The 2020 campaigns aren’t ready for deepfakes — Kaveh Waddell, Axios

Texas stands to lose a great deal if the 2020 Census doesn’t include every Texan—including congressional seats and billions in federal funding. — Eric Benson, Texas Monthly

On YouTube’s Digital Playground, an Open Gate for Pedophiles — Max Fisher and Amanda Taub, The New York Times

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