Supported by Americas Leer en español By ELISABETH MALKINAPRIL 9, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story SAN SALVADOR — When Teodora del Carmen Vásquez walked out of the Ilopango women’s prison a few weeks ago, she embraced her parents, her teenage son — and a movement to change an anti-abortion law that stole more than a decade of her life.In El Salvador, where a total ban on abortion leads to an immediate suspicion of women whose pregnancies do not end with a healthy baby, Ms. Vásquez was marked as a criminal after she began bleeding and suffered a stillbirth. Sentenced to 30 years for aggravated homicide, she was released only after the Supreme Court ruled that there was not enough evidence to show she had killed her baby.“This is the moment to speak out, this is the moment to act,” said Ms. Vásquez, who was the spokeswoman in prison for a group … [Read more...] about They Were Jailed for Miscarriages. Now, Campaign Aims to End Abortion Ban.
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Driving the Day Listen to the Playbook Audio Briefing http://bit.ly/2p7LRCf ... Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay ... Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51Jnf Good Wednesday morning. Story Continued Below STRANGER THAN FICTION -- TRUMP PUNCHES BACK AT CLINTON -- @realDonaldTrump at 10:51 p.m.: “FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds! The phony…” … at 11:06 p.m.: “...Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election. Perhaps Trump just ran a great campaign?” CLINTON was all over cable news Tuesday, after sitting for a chat with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. Here are some choice quotes -- via NYT’s Alex Burns -- that we’re sure Trump was less than pleased about: “‘The reason why I believe we lost were the intervening events in the last 10 days,” she said, … [Read more...] about THE NEVER-ENDING CAMPAIGN: Trump slams Clinton in late-night tweets — FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Moderate Republican gets blasted on healthcare — DAVID BROOKS wedding – B’DAY: Ben Ginsberg
Yesterday's protests by fast-food workers in more than 100 U.S. cities weren't just an effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. They were also a demonstration of a tactic re-invigorating organized labor: Showing unions as fighting for all workers, not just their members. Hundreds of people were arrested Thursday for non-violent civil disobedience during a series of strikes in 150 cities across the U.S. over low wages at fast-food companies including McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King and KFC. Although the effort was funded and organized by the Service Employees International Union, most of the protesters were not members of the SEIU or any other union. Kendall Fells, a representative of SEIU and organizing director of Fast Food Forward which sponsored yesterday's protests, believes that it's common cause, not membership, that makes a union. "The definition of a union is simply workers standing together for common change," said Fells. "That's exactly what these workers are … [Read more...] about Fast-food worker protests a sign of new union tactics
The writer is the Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies and a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He wrote this for Bloomberg View. Almost from the moment Rex Tillerson was sworn in as secretary of state a little more than a year ago, it seemed clear that his tenure would be short and undistinguished. And although Tillerson ultimately lasted just long enough to give the impression he might stick around after all, his firing basically confirms these judgments.As a variety of commentators have already noted, Tillerson's primary legacy from his 14 months of service is a demoralized, disempowered State Department that is hemorrhaging talent and experience. But in one of the many ironies of the Trump era, Tillerson's departure — and his replacement by CIA Director Mike Pompeo — may nonetheless be bad news … [Read more...] about Hal Brands: Trump shows signs of breaking free from Year One advisers
By The Washington Post | March 6, 2018 at 7:58 pm By Beth Reinhard, Frances Stead Sellers, Emma Brown | The Washington Post Stormy Daniels, the porn star who says she was paid to keep quiet about her affair with Donald Trump, sued the president Tuesday alleging that her nondisclosure agreement before the 2016 election is void because Trump did not sign it. In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Daniels — whose real name is Stephanie Clifford — said she wanted to go public with the story of her decade-old affair with Trump in the weeks leading up to the election. The lawsuit was first reported by NBC News. Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, and Daniels’ attorney, Keith Davidson, negotiated what the lawsuit calls a “hush agreement” in which she would be paid $130,000. After delays and even a wholesale cancellation of the contract by Daniels on Oct. 17, the payment arrived on Oct. 27, 12 days before the election, … [Read more...] about Stormy Daniels sues Trump, says hush agreement is null because he didn’t sign it