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A classroom in Mexico City, where most of the schools facing allegations are. Photo: Pedro Pardo/AFP via Getty Images.

There's been a pattern of institutional sexual abuse against children as young as 3 years old in schools in central and southeast Mexico, according to a report written by lawyers of a civic group who have litigated cases against education employees.

Why it matters: The allegations have surfaced days before public and private schools in most Mexican states are set to return to in-person classes.

  • The report details cases with hundreds of victims from 18 schools and childcare centers showing "similar abuse tactics."
  • These include making tied up or gagged kids touch adults wearing cartoon masks and forcing students to watch the abuse of other children.
  • In some cases the schoolchildren spoke of being recorded, suggesting exploitation for pornography.

In response, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is promising child protective measures. He has spoken in favor of using his party’s majority in Congress to make sure sex crimes against minors have no statute of limitation.

  • Polls for this Sunday’s midterm elections estimate Morena will keep control of Congress, albeit with fewer seats, and of many key governorships.

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Updated Sep 10, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden calls GOP governors "cavalier" for resisting vaccine requirements

President Biden speaks about coronavirus protections in schools during a visit to Brookland Middle School in Washington, D.C., Sept. 10. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden on Friday accused some Republican governors of being "cavalier" with children's health for resisting calls for implementing widespread coronavirus vaccine requirements.

Driving the news: Several Republican governors and the Republican National Committee on Thursday vowed to take the Biden administration to court over the president's plan to mandate COVID-19 vaccination or testing for more than 80 million private-sector employees.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Biden's carbon emissions-cutting pledge faces tough climb

Image from the Rhodium Group study "Pathways to Paris." Courtesy of the Rhodium Group.

The verdict is in: President Biden's U.S. emissions-cutting pledge isn't a fantasy, but the path to meeting it is very difficult and relies on forces outside of White House control.

Driving the news: The Rhodium Group just released an analysis of policy combinations that could close the gap between the current U.S. trajectory and Biden's vow under the Paris Agreement to cut emissions in half by 2030.

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Updated 2 hours ago - Economy & Business

Johnson & Johnson pulls the trigger on Texas talc gambit

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

It's official: Johnson & Johnson has invoked a Texas legal loophole in an attempt to protect the bulk of its corporate assets from claims that its baby powder caused ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.

Why it matters: It's the biggest and boldest invocation yet of the so-called Texas two-step defense. But it's still not clear whether it's going to work.

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