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Ashleigh Weiszerbod reads her victim impact statement as her parents stand with her during the sentencing hearing of Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, in the Eaton County Court in Charlotte, Michigan, U.S., February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook - RC19258EDF40

5 overlooked politics stories that are worth your time

The 24-hour news cycle is filled with political coverage, but not everything gets the attention it deserves. Here are five politics stories you may have missed in the past week.

1. Why Parkland students have emerged as a powerful political voiceThe Washington Post, 2/19. A look at the factors that have propelled the survivors of the Florida school shooting to become gun violence activists.

2. After Florida killings, gun control lessons from ConnecticutBoston Globe, 2/17. What Connecticut has learned after imposing stricter gun laws in the aftermath of the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre.

3. In lawsuit, Texas couple claims they were illegally turned down as foster parents because they are lesbiansTexas Tribune, 2/20. A same-sex couple has sued the federal government and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, claiming they were rejected as foster parents because they don’t “mirror the Holy Family.”

4. Trump signs law to prevent abuse of athletes — a response to USA Gymnastics scandalUSA Today, 2/14. In response to the sexual abuse scandal surrounding USA Gymnastics coach Larry Nassar, President Trump’s law requires adults who interact with athletes to report abuse to local authorities within a day.

5. Behind the minimum wage fight, a sweeping failure to enforce the lawPolitico, 2/18. An investigation found that the lack of sufficient safeguards protecting workers from wage theft has led to an estimated $15 billion in low-income workers’ wages going to their bosses.

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