FROM Jason Melillo
Abortion: The Law Is Clear but the War Rages On Same-sex marriage may be off the front burner, but abortion is hotter than ever in many legislatures and on Capitol Hill. Roe v. Wade is "settled law" in the United States, and polls show widespread support for a woman's right to choose an abortion. But the anti-abortion movement is gaining momentum. Republicans in Congress have passed strict new limits. In Ohio, mandatory ultrasounds are part of the budget so they'll be harder to overturn. Despite the last-minute Democratic filibuster in Texas, Republicans are likely to get tough new measures as soon as next week. Democrats call it a "war against women," and predict a backlash. We look at the political fallout and the medical consequences for women and their doctors.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.