ESSENTIAL #1: “US SEES LIMITATIONS ON REUNITING MIGRANT FAMILIES” ELLIOT SPAGAT, AP
From the article: “The Trump administration says it would require extraordinary effort to reunite what may be thousands of migrant children who have been separated from their parents and, even if it could, the children would likely be emotionally harmed.
Jonathan White, who leads the Health and Human Services Department’s efforts to reunite migrant children with their parents, said removing children from “sponsor” homes to rejoin their parents “would present grave child welfare concerns.” He said the government should focus on reuniting children currently in its custody, not those who have already been released to sponsors.”
ESSENTIAL #2: “DEMOCRATS OVERPLAY THEIR HAND ON ABORTION” ALEXANDRA DESANCTIS, THE ATLANTIC
From the article: “Democratic leaders are overplaying their hand and exposing the harsh reality of their platform. Their promotion of abortion rights after viability doesn’t line up with widely accepted medical evidence or public opinion. Research from the pro-abortion-rights Guttmacher Institutecontradicts the claims that abortions after 20 weeks are most often necessary in heart-wrenching medical emergencies, finding that “most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.” Instead, these women tended to be young, poor, or both, and often delayed their abortion because they had to find money to travel to and pay for the procedure.”
ESSENTIAL #3: “VENEZUELA CRISIS: EUROPEAN STATES RECOGNIZE GUAIDÓ AS PRESIDENT” BBC
From the article: “The UK, France, Germany, Spain and other European countries have officially recognised opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela.
It comes after President Nicolás Maduro defiantly rejected a deadline they set for Sunday to call fresh elections.”
ESSENTIAL #4: “DEMOCRATS IN 2020: PREACHING UNITY, TAKING DIFFERENT PATHS” MICHAEL SCHERER, THE WASHINGTON POST
From the article: “This year’s bumper crop of Democratic presidential contenders all promise to unite the country after years of growing political polarization. But that’s where the agreement ends, providing primary voters a stark choice over the best route to reclaim control of the White House.”