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^Remain in Mexico: Migrants face uphill climb to get out of program<

IMMIGRATION-MEXICO-PROGRAM:SD — Vulnerable migrants facing persecution in Mexico are having a difficult time getting out of the Remain in Mexico program because the federal government is limiting their access to attorneys and preventing them from preparing for asylum interviews, according to immigration lawyers and human rights workers.

Under Remain in Mexico, asylum-seekers must live in Mexico while waiting for immigration court hearings. People afraid of persecution in Mexico can be removed from the program and wait in the United States if they pass what is known as a "fear of return" interview.

However, immigration lawyers claim that the U.S. government is making it difficult for migrants to pass that interview.

1250 by Gustavo Solis in San Diego. MOVED



^Missouri Democrats plot a 2020 comeback strategy after recent election defeats<

MO-DEMOCRATS:WA — Rep. Emanuel Cleaver has been pitching former Vice President Joe Biden on a trip to Missouri, a state that hasn't gone for a Democrat in a presidential election since 1996.

Cleaver, D-Mo., believes the right Democratic nominee in the presidential race can "return Missouri to its status as a bellwether" and return the party to relevance in down ballot races across the state despite President Donald Trump's 19-point victory in Missouri in 2016.

Republican John McCain narrowly edged out Obama to win the state, but the record turnout in the cities helped the Democratic candidates cruise to victory in the races for governor, attorney general, treasurer and secretary of state.

But in the past decade, Missouri has swung hard to the right.

The Missouri Democratic Party is embarking on dual strategies in 2020 to boost urban turnout to 2008 levels and win back rural voters who have strongly gravitated to Republicans in recent elections.

1650 (with trims) by Bryan Lowry in Washington. MOVED


^How Devin Nunes turned Twitter parody accounts into a political 'weapon' — against himself<

NUNES:WA — Rep. Devin Nunes in a recent court filing referred to the parody social media accounts that taunt him on Twitter as a "weapon."

His lawsuit against them gave them even more ammunition to turn on him and other Republicans.

They're using it.

In recent weeks the anonymous authors of parody Twitter accounts known as Devin Nunes' Cow and Devin Nunes' Mom have employed their now-massive followings to promote Democratic candidates around the country and to solicit campaign donations through the Democratic fundraising machine known as ActBlue.

1100 (with trims) by Kate Irby in Washington. MOVED



^California to vote on ethnic studies mandate<

CALIF-ETHNICSTUDIES:LA — Angela Warren always assumed her father, a native of El Salvador, entered the United States via airliner. It took an assignment in her high school ethnic studies class to learn that he had crossed the border alone at 14, terrified of being caught. When he reached the American side, he fell to his knees and gave thanks.

That single course combined an eye-opening view of her family's past and inspired her mission to change the present.

Warren, now an 18-year-old college student, says that at a time when watching the news can make her feel anxious and helpless, it's the lessons of her ethnic studies class that generate intellectual awakening and empowerment.

In actions that would affect more than 6.5 million California students, state lawmakers are poised to make ethnic studies a graduation requirement in high school and at Cal State universities.

1350 by Howard Blume and Nina Agrawal in Los Angeles. MOVED


^'Nightmare scenario': 15 years since Florida was beaten, bruised by 4 hurricanes in 6 weeks<

WEA-FLA-2004-HURRICANES:OS — Its name was Hurricane Charley and it was only the beginning of what would be remembered 15 years later as the worst hurricane season Floridians had ever endured.

"The 2004 season is probably my No. 1 or my No. 2 top, bizarre weather phenomenon," said WOFL meteorologist Jayme King. "Before then, meteorologists never thought something like that was probable. We got Andrew in the '90s, and that was thought to be this 'once in a century' kind of storm. Then in 2004, Florida gets hit by four strong hurricanes back-to-back. If you go down to Polk County or some of the other hard hit areas — Port Charlotte — now, there are still bruises that have never recovered."

1150 (with trims) by Joe Mario Pedersen in Orlando, Fla. MOVED




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