President Donald Trump ordered troops to the border, but they’re really doing busy work. Sen. Orrin Hatch speaks about compassion for the gay community. The Freedom Festival again denies an LGBTQ group entrance into its parade.

Happy Thursday. President Donald Trump ordered the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border in April, arguing more had to be done to stop illegal immigration there. But the deployed troops aren’t guarding the border. In southern Arizona, for example, they’re keeping up the rear, so to speak; in one assignment, soldiers are actually feeding and shoveling out manure from the stalls of the Border Patrol’s horses. [Politico]

Topping the news: Sen. Orrin Hatch spoke about the importance of showing compassion for the gay community and his concern about suicides among young LGBTQ people. [Trib] [Fox13]

-> For the second year in a row, the America’s Freedom Festival in Provo will exclude from its July Fourth parade Encircle, an LGBT resource center for youths. [Trib] [Fox13]

-> The Salt Lake City Council eliminated Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s ability to sue the state over a proposed inland port trade hub, unless the mayor obtains the council’s permission. [Trib]

Tweets of the day: From @dark_wisdom_: “BREAKING: For the first time in his life, Michael Cohen may make a smart decision”

-> From @mikefreemanNFL: "Doing the math on Trump’s Korean War statement and the numbers aren’t quite adding up for me.”

-> From @jeremymstamper: "Seriously, Trump thinks the Korean War happened 40 years ago because of MASH.”

Happy Birthday: To FOX 13’s Ben Winslow and President Donald Trump.

In other news: With no leads, the Salt Lake City police are considering closing an investigation into an anti-LGBT mob that chased and harassed four gay men as they were leaving the Utah Pride Festival. [Trib]

-> John Coltharp, self-described prophet of the Knights of the Crystal Blade doomsday cult, pleaded guilty to child bigamy charges and faces up to life in prison. [APviaTrib] [Fox13]

-> The Yellow Rose tattoo shop raised thousands of dollars, which will be donated to the Rape Recovery Center, at a flash tattoo fundraiser aimed at raising awareness about sexual assault. [Trib]

-> The LDS Church-owned genealogical database FamilySearch is expected to include same-sex couples by 2019. [Trib]

Nationally: The success of far-right Republicans in the June primaries demonstrates President Donald Trump’s takeover of the GOP. [NYTimes] [WaPost]

-> Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen may be cooperating with the Mueller investigation, fueling anxiety in the White House. [WaPost] [CNN] [NYTimes]

-> News coverage of migrant children being separated from their parents at the border is prompting debate over the Trump administration’s immigrations measures. [CNN]

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