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.
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?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?