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?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.