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Catholic dioceses in New Jersey and Virginia on Wednesday separately released the names of a total of 246 clergy whom officials said have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children.

The big picture: The disclosures are the latest by a growing number of U.S. dioceses that have admitted to covering up child sex abuse allegations, amid a still-growing crisis that has jeopardized the Catholic Church's credibility. Officials noted that many of the clergy members are dead or have been removed from ministry.

  • Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said in a statement that the lists do not include allegations that church officials have not deemed "credible": "We have seen previous cases where accusations have been deemed not credible only for those determinations to have been disastrously wrong."

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Scoop: CDC lets child migrant shelters fill to 100% despite COVID concern

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The Centers for Disease Control is allowing shelters handling child migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border to expand to full capacity, abandoning a requirement they stay near 50% to inhibit the spread of the coronavirus, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The fact the country's premier health advisory agency is permitting a change in COVID-19 protocols indicates the scale of the immigration crisis. A draft memo obtained by Axios conceded "facilities should plan for and expect to have COVID-19 cases."

8 Senate Democrats vote against adding $15 minimum wage to COVID relief

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Eight Democratic senators on Friday voted against Sen. Bernie Sanders' amendment to ignore a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian and add a $15 minimum wage provision to the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.

The state of play: The vote was held open for hours on Friday afternoon — even after every senator had voted — due to a standoff in negotiations over the next amendments that the Senate will take up.

CDC: Easing mask mandates led to higher COVID cases and deaths

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Easing mask restrictions and on-site dining have increased COVID-19 cases and deaths, according to a study out Friday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why it matters: The report's findings converge with actions from governors this week easing mask mandates and announcing plans to reopen nonessential businesses like restaurants.