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While Trump Flounders, the Rest of the World Burns

Here’s what you missed while refreshing your impeachment feeds

Jessica Valenti
GEN
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2 min readSep 27, 2019

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PPhone calls and Ukraine and whistleblowers, oh my! It’s been about as insane a news week as ever, and that’s really saying something under the Trump administration. While I’m as carried away with the possibility of impeachment as anyone else, I’m trying my best to remember all of the other urgent issues that require the attention of Americans.

So if you need a break from House committee hearings or national security blowups, here are a few other things we still need to be thinking about:

The humanitarian crisis at the border

This week five women who were separated from their children at the border sued the Trump administration for abuse, noting that their children have post-traumatic symptoms. To date the government has taken away nearly 4,000 children from parents seeking to come to the United States.

Abortion rights

At NARAL Pro-Choice America’s 50th anniversary celebration this week, Stacey Abrams reminded us that while every Democrat running for president is pro-choice, “believing in something doesn’t mean you’re willing to fight for it,” and encouraged…

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Jessica Valenti
GEN
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Feminist author & columnist. Native NYer, pasta enthusiast.