ESSENTIAL #1: “CONGRESS’S REPARATIONS HEARING WAS HISTORIC. IT ALSO REVEALED LONG-STANDING TENSIONS.” P.R. LOCKHART, VOX
From the article: “Recent months have touched off a renewed debateabout what exactly is owed to the descendants of enslaved men and women after centuries of bondage and legalized discrimination. On Wednesday morning, that debate entered the halls of Congress as a small panel of academics, activists, and journalists, many of them the descendants of enslaved men and women, testified during a hearing on reparations.”
ESSENTIAL #2: “TRUMP STOPPED STRIKE ON IRAN BECAUSE IT WAS ‘NOT PROPORTIONATE’” MICHAEL D. SHEAR, HELENE COOPER AND ERIC SCHMITT, THE NEW YORK TIMES
From the article: “President Trump said Friday morning that the United States military had been “cocked and loaded” for a strike against Iran on Thursday night, but that he called it off with 10 minutes to spare when a general told him that 150 people would probably die in the attack.”
ESSENTIAL #3: “SURROGATE PREGNANCY BILL PITS PROGRESSIVES AGAINST FEMINISTS” VIVIAN WANG, THE NEW YORK TIMES
From the article: “The proposal to legalize surrogacy in New York was presented as an unequivocal progressive ideal, a remedy to a ban that burdens gay and infertile couples and stigmatizes women who cannot have children on their own.
And yet, as the State Legislature hurtles toward the end of its first Democrat-led session in nearly a decade, the bill’s success is anything but certain.
Long-serving female lawmakers have spoken out against it. Prominent feminists, including Gloria Steinem, have denounced it. Women’s rights scholars have argued that paid surrogacy turns women’s bodies into commodities and is coercive to poor women given the sizable payments it can bring. ”
ESSENTIAL #4: “ICE SET TO BEGIN IMMIGRATION RAIDS IN 10 CITIES” PRISCILLA ALVAREZ, GENEVA SANDS AND MARIA SANTANA, CNN
From the article: “Immigration and Customs Enforcement is pressing forward to arrest and deport families with court-ordered removals in 10 cities beginning Sunday, according to a senior immigration official, after President Donald Trump's tweet revealing an operation was imminent.”