‘Not in the spirit of the law’: Alameda County refuses to turn over Mariah’s CPS records

OAKLAND — An author of the state law requiring public agencies to release records of foster children who died from abuse or neglect blasted Alameda County on Thursday, saying its refusal to turn over documents to this news agency looked like an attempt to hide the decisions that guided the handling of a 3-year-old Oakland toddler who died in foster care in Stockton. Mariah Mustafa was taken from her Oakland home by Alameda County child protective services and was placed with a foster family in San Joaquin County. She died after ingesting meth twice. San Joaquin County turned over hundreds of documents involving Mariah’s death, however Alameda County has so… Read More

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Trump’s Hardline Approach Is Forcing Immigrant Advocates to Readjust

For years, activists have urged lawmakers to provide a path to citizenship for so-called “Dreamers,” immigrants brought to the United States illegally as minors. They’ve staged sit-ins, protested at the steps of the Capitol, and organized rallies across the country. But the Trump administration’s hardline stance has required advocate groups to go further and consider how much they’re willing to concede to protect young undocumented immigrants—potentially at the expense of other immigrant groups. There are dozens of immigrant advocacy groups across the country, but the policies they defend can differ depending on the group of immigrants they’re serving. This includes systems to legally immigrate to the United States, some of… Read More

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Staffing is so low in some B.C. care homes that seniors can’t shower or go to the toilet when they want

So what difference would 22 minutes of extra care really make in the day of a senior living in one of B.C.’s care homes? It might mean showering more than once a week. Or going to the toilet when they want. Or receiving more help at mealtimes. It would mean regaining some dignity, advocates say. “The difficulty is if you cannot choose how your day goes. It’s bad enough to lose your dignity when people have to help you toilet and bathe, but if you have no control over when you eat or when you go to bed, these are not happy situations,” said Gudrun Langolf, president of the Council… Read More

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DoJ flagged Kushner’s clearance issues two weeks ago

By Carol D. Leonnig, Robert Costa and Josh Dawsey | Washington Post WASHINGTON – A top Justice Department official alerted the White House two weeks ago that significant information requiring additional investigation would further delay the security clearance process of senior adviser Jared Kushner, according to three people familiar with the discussion. The Feb. 9 phone call from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to White House Counsel Donald McGahn came amid growing public scrutiny of a number of administration officials without final security clearances. Most prominent among them is Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, who has had access to some of the nation’s most sensitive material for the last year… Read More

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: The Great Gatesplea

Today in 5 Lines Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign aide, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and making false statements, and agreed to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the election. Mueller also issued new charges against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, alleging he secretly paid former European politicians to lobby on behalf of Ukraine. During a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, President Trump criticized the armed officer who failed to stop the gunman in last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school, and doubled down on his suggestion to arm teachers. Florida Governor Rick Scott proposed raising the age limit for… Read More

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Fact check: Nope, Michelle Obama didn’t blame shooting on Trump

Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. — Michelle Obama didn’t say that the Florida school shooting is President Donald Trump’s fault, despite a story spread on social media that says she did. The story contains a made-up quote attributed to the former first lady, along with things she said months before the tragedy. The story on the site conservativesay claims Mrs. Obama said at an Obama Foundation “worldwide event” that the shooting “is clearly our president’s fault.” But the foundation hasn’t held any public event since Feb. 14, when a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. And a spokeswoman says Mrs. Obama’s only public statement was a Wednesday… Read More

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White House locked down after vehicle hits barrier

By Zeke Miller | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The White House is on lockdown after a passenger vehicle struck a security barrier. The U.S. Secret Service tweets that the vehicle “did not breach the security barrier of the White House complex.” Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for our new Morning Report weekday newsletter. The agency adds that the female driver of the vehicle was “immediately apprehended.” Witnesses saw a commotion on the White House grounds as security officers responded. President Donald Trump is hosting Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the White House. Turnbull is remaining at the White… Read More

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Democrats accuse Texas of voter suppression in schools

By Will Weissert | Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas — Democrats are alleging new attempts at voter suppression in Texas, where the GOP-controlled Legislature’s electoral maps and a strict voter ID law already have been previously struck down in federal court and the nation’s first primary of the year is less than two weeks away. At issue this time: unusual accusations by top Republicans that schools districts and educational groups are trying to unfairly sway elections. Those accused counter that they’re simply encouraging teachers and students to vote. Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for our new Morning Report weekday newsletter.… Read More

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Pitts: Parkland’s kids demand we stop protecting guns more than children

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Miami Herald You need to grow up. As far as I know, no survivor of last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, has used those words to challenge conservatives who have created a world where mass shootings are almost literally an everyday thing. But the sentiment is clearly there. Consider David Hogg, a 17-year-old student journalist who expressed frustration with lawmakers in an interview on CNN: “We’re children,” he said. “You guys are the adults.” Consider Cameron Kasky, a 17-year-old junior, who told CNN, “My message for the people in office is: You’re either with us or against us. We are… Read More

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Florida gov. backs age increase for gun purchase

By Michael Sherer | Washington Post Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Friday he will work to raise the minimum age for purchasing weapons in his state to 21 years old, marking his first major break from the policy priorities of the National Rifle Association. Scott announced the proposed gun restrictions nine days after a deadly mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, as part of a broad package of legislative initiatives, including new school security measures and a program to deny guns from those deemed to pose a danger to the community. Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and… Read More

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