FROM Carol Tobias
The Politics of Abortion: Back on Capitol Hill On this 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the annual March for Life got under way with expectations that the House would pass restrictions on late-term abortions. But moderate Republican women objected to language about rape, and GOP leaders pulled the bill . Outraged, hardline right-to-lifers call that a missed opportunity caused by "incompetence and cowardice." How divided is the Majority Party on Capitol Hill? Meantime, what's the status of challenges to Roe v. Wade?
Todd Akin and Abortion on the Campaign Trail Republican Congressman Todd Akin has defied party leaders, including Mitt Romney , by insisting on staying in the race for the US Senate despite the furor over his comment on the issue of banning abortions even in cases of rape. We look at what it could mean for the rest of this year's political campaigns.
Todd Akin, Abortion and the Presidential Campaign Missouri Republican Congressman Todd Akin now says he knows that rape can make a woman pregnant. Although he's backed away from saying the rape must be "legitimate," he also say he does "not apologize for being consistently pro-life." But he's defied party leaders, including Mitt Romney , by insisting on staying in the race for the US Senate . That decision guarantees continued attention to facts Republicans don't want to talk about. Paul Ryan 's voting record on women's issues is much like Akin's. The platform for next week's convention calls for banning abortions, even in cases of rape. Mitt Romney's now keeping his distance from that language. Democrats won't let voters forget, but will it really matter when Republicans and Independents go to the polls?
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."
Future of the Palestinians as Trump welcomes Abbas President Trump says there's "no reason there can't be peace" between Israel and the Palestinians… but the first step will have to be unity between the West Bank and Gaza. Are the Palestinian Authority and Hamas any closer to speaking with one voice?
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.