US & Canada Anthony Zurcher North America reporter @awzurcher on Twitter 3 August 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-45039974 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsUS mid-term elections 2018 The first … [Read more...] about The battle for the soul of the Democratic Party
AURORA, Colorado—The anti-abortion movement is riding high in the age of Donald Trump. A fifth conservative justice is likely heading to the Supreme Court with the potential to overturn Roe v. Wade. The White House has rolled back a requirement for employers to provide contraception in health plans. And the president is trying to defund the chief nemesis of abortion opponents, Planned Parenthood. But not all anti-abortion voters are celebrating. A small slice of the electorate can’t stomach Trump even when he enacts policies they support, and can’t get behind the Republican Party’s positions on other issues like health care and voting rights. At the same time, they feel increasingly unwelcome in a Democratic Party that is moving left on abortion, as it did in 2016, when the party’s platform called, for the first time, for the elimination of the ban on federal funding of abortion.Story Continued Below During a hot July weekend, a group of these … [Read more...] about Is There Room to Be Anti-Abortion in Today’s Democratic Party?
A voice crying in the wilderness is supposed to be ignored, not rewarded with accolades and growing influence. Bernie Sanders is the prophet with honor in the Democratic Party. The former socialist gadfly is now the socialist trendsetter. This doesn’t mean he’ll be the next Democratic nominee for president, or even run. It doesn’t mean that his ideas are good (I consider them godawful), or that they’ll make for a salable platform for the Democratic Party (which I very much doubt). It does mean that when it comes to domestic policy on the left, it’s Bernie’s world and the Democrats live in it. Sanders was an irrelevance for a couple of decades in Congress. The Vermont independent ran in 2016 to get a higher profile, and succeeded not merely in that, but also in seriously challenging Hillary Clinton. He’s now a pacesetter in the party while she rues what might have been. To be sure, much of this was inevitable. Whatever brake on the left Barack … [Read more...] about The Democratic Party now belongs to Bernie Sanders
On the surface, it looks like the U.S.-Israel relationship is having its best year ever. In May, President Donald Trump fulfilled Israel’s dream of moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and his administration is preparing a Middle East peace plan that will almost certainly have Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s blessing. Congress, meanwhile, is poised to approve $3.3 billion in new defense assistance to Israel, a new high. But there are political undercurrents that spell trouble for what has traditionally been unquestioned U.S. support for Israel, particularly within the Democratic Party on the eve of a midterm election that could swing the balance of power in one or both chambers of Congress and perhaps profoundly and permanently change the dynamic between the longtime allies. Democratic disillusionment with Israel, which has been quietly simmering for years, gained traction when Netanyahu spoke to a joint session of Congress urging lawmakers to oppose the Iran nuclear … [Read more...] about Divide Over Israel Widens in Democratic Party
Would you rather show up at work on time or stretch out on the sofa and watch TV? Stupid question. Most people punch a clock out of necessity. But progressive Democrats want to make work optional and guarantee a slew of benefits to everyone, whether they get off the couch or not. It’s a slap in the face to America’s workforce. Some 70 House Democrats endorsed a plan last week to outlaw private health insurance and force all Americans into a government-run system. Let’s be clear. This plan isn’t about helping the needy. It would rip away medical coverage from half of all Americans, including the 157 million who get their insurance the old-fashioned way — earning it through a job. The plan, dubbed “Medicare-for-All,” would prohibit all employers — even giant companies that self-insure — from covering workers, retirees or their families. Union workers with gold-plated health benefits would have to give them up and settle for the same … [Read more...] about The Democratic Party no longer believes in hard work