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?
As Brexit is triggered, negotiations with the EU begin The head of the European Union says "We're missing you already." But British Prime Minister Theresa May says, "There's no turning back." She's made this Day One of "Brexit" — as the UK becomes the first nation to break away after 60 years of European unity.
House Republicans release their Obamacare replacement As two House committees take up "repeal and replacement" of "Obamacare," there may be life left in the Affordable Care Act after all. Even Republicans are divided, and proposed changes won't make good on President Trump's promise to provide "health insurance for everybody."
Is America turning its back on the world? President Trump has made no secret of his contempt for the United Nations — and he's not alone. But, will proposed cuts in US contributions be counterproductive to America's role in the world and to national security?
Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names. Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?