FROM Scott Clement
Abortion Makes a Comeback in This Year's Midterm Elections In 2012, Democrats beat anti-abortion Republicans by invoking what they called a "war against women." But, instead of backing away from the issue, the GOP has re-framed it , still advocating the right to life while denying the right to a tax-payer subsidy. During yesterday's 41st anniversary protest against Roe versus Wade , the Republican National Committee ran shuttles back and forth between its annual meeting and the Washington Mall. Republican state legislatures have recently passed more than 200 anti-abortion laws, and many supporters of the right to choose also approve some restrictions. Polls show it's one social issue that really divides Americans right down the middle. Will it help determine who controls the US Senate and Congress?
Will Americans Still Wary on Syria Be Swayed by Weapons Claims? In the Southeast Asian nation of Brunei today, Chuck Hagel was asked if the Pentagon is ready for action in Syria. The Defense Secretary responded that after getting the facts and intelligence, a decision will be made on what action, if any, should be taken. He emphasized that if the order comes, the US is ready to go. How does the increasing likelihood of military action in Syria look to the American public? Scott Clement is a survey research analyst with the Washington Post Media Group .
The Republican Debate and Foreign Policy Last night's televised debate may be the last of its kind before the Republican presidential nomination has been decided. For all their apparent differences, all but one of the candidates agree on one thing: the threat of force to stop Iran from getting an atom bomb. Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum all tried to outdo each other with appeals to the party's most conservative voters. All but Ron Paul called for military action to pre-empt Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
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?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?