FROM Elizabeth Nash
Will New Limits on Abortion Hold? In 1973, the US Supreme Court approved a woman’s right to choose an abortion. But recently, the so-called “Right to Life Movement” has successfully blocked access in more and more places; in Mississippi, there’s only one doctor currently providing abortions. Meantime, the US Supreme Court may be closer than ever to taking another look.
The Frontal Assault on the Right to Abortion "Women's rights now depend on their ZIP code," according to Planned Parenthood, as more states pass restrictions and outright bans on abortion. Mississippi, Alabama, Kansas and North Dakota are closest to making abortion impossible – 40 years after Roe v. Wade declared it a constitutional right. Why do women want abortions? What happens when they can't get them? What are the consequences when unwanted babies are born? Is the current movement about the politics of Red States, or a real effort to repeal Roe v. Wade?
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."
East Asia: President Trump's first foreign policy test Starting with North Korea's latest test of nuclear missiles, a chain of events is causing instability in Asia. Could it turn into the first real foreign policy crisis of the Trump Administration?
Trump's travel ban and the long-term agenda The Trump Administration's revised travel ban may be good news for some visa holders and others, but it's still being challenged as unconstitutional. Some reporters call it the beginning of a long-term effort to change the demographic make-up of the United States.