Aid Groups Avoid Venezuela ; Trump and the Far Right's Assault on Children ; and More Picks 2/19

The Aid Groups Who Want No Part of Aiding Venezuela (Dan)

The Red Cross, United Nations agencies, and other relief groups recognize the political aspect of delivering humanitarian assistance to Venezuela. Thus, they’ve decided to sit out and remain neutral.

Trump and the Far Right’s Assault on Children (Chris)

The author writes, “As the Trump administration continues its hostile war against some of the world’s most vulnerable people, we must bear in mind that assaults on children are not an afterthought, but a core part of a series of brutal, calculated decisions.”

Judge Likely to Unseal Los Angeles Police Records (Chris)

From Courthouse News: “A California judge indicated Friday that he will likely decline a Los Angeles police union’s request to shield police misconduct records subject to unsealing under a new state law.”

Bay Area Boundaries Broaden (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “As thousands in search of cheaper housing descend on far-flung cities such as Stockton, Lathrop, Tracy and Merced to the east, they’re changing the northern part of [California’s] vast Central Valley from a region with a distinct identity to a vast suburb of the Bay Area.”

Did a Republican Operative Carry Out an Illegal Ballot Scheme? (Reader Steve)

From the Baltimore Sun: “A Republican operative, who last year rounded up votes for a GOP candidate running for Congress, conducted an illegal and well-funded ballot-harvesting operation, North Carolina’s elections director said Monday.”

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