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Brooklyn DA Drops Rape Charges Against Two NYPD Officers (Chris)

The author writes, “a rape kit found semen matching the DNA of detectives Eddie Martins and Richard Hall. The officers resigned from the NYPD, and in October 2017, they were charged with 43 crimes, including rape and kidnapping. But on Wednesday, those charges were dropped, and Martins and Hall will face trial only for taking bribes and official misconduct.”

Senators Demand Investigation Into Sexual Abuse at Immigrant Children’s Shelters (Chris)

From ProPublica: “Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., called on Wednesday for a federal investigation into what they termed ‘the alleged widespread and long-term pattern of sexual abuse’ in the facilities holding immigrant children.”

Secret Government Database Targets Advocates of Caravan Migrants (DonkeyHotey)

From NBC San Diego: “Documents detail an intelligence-gathering effort by the United States and Mexican authorities, targeting more than 50 people including journalists, an attorney, and immigration advocates.”

Judge Rules Citizenship Question Should Not Be Part of 2020 Census (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked a Trump administration move to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census, calling the proposal ‘arbitrary and capricious’ and saying it would harm the state of California and be ‘contrary to the Constitution.’”

Think These Are Planets? They’re Something Far More Sinister (Mili)

The author writes, “Photographer Valentyn Odnoviun first noticed them while visiting the KGB’s former headquarters in Vilnius, Lithuania…”