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3 Stories You Should Read 10/3/2019: Andrew Yang, Immigration, Iran

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In the category of:  As is the case with every war.

Any war between the US and Iran would be a catastrophe. And no one could win it


In the category of:  Invasion of privacy

The US wants to collect DNA from immigrant detainees for a federal criminal database

It raises concerns about privacy rights and the tests’ accuracy.

Administration officials say the DNA tests are necessary to determine whether adult migrants and the children they travel with are genetically proven to be a family. They also say the testing is needed to enforce a 2005 law requiring DNA samples be taken from people in federal custody.

But privacy advocates have raised concerns about whether mass DNA testing violates immigrants’ privacy rights and whether the test results are reliable. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital privacy group, called the plan “dystopian.”




In the category of:  The business of fundraising

Andrew Yang puts other Dems to shame with big cash haul

It’s a show of force from the first-time political candidate — one that casts doubt on the viability of the dozen-plus other Democrats who have yet to build that kind of support or momentum so far in this presidential race. Yang’s $10 million haul is at least double the amount raised last quarter by 16 other presidential candidates, among them five U.S. senators who had years to build email lists and mingle with the donor class before running for president. (Most candidates have not disclosed their fundraising for this quarter.)

And Yang’s fundraising stood in especially large contrast to prominent Sen. Cory Booker’s third-quarter fundraising announcement. Booker’s campaign announced this week that he raised $6 million, following a theatrical, last-minute fundraising drive in September, when his campaign manager warned supporters that Booker might have to drop out unless donors sent in an extra $1.7 million right away.


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