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Arizona Democrats poised to continue effort to repeal 1864 abortion ban
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Arizona Democrats poised to continue effort to repeal 1864 abortion ban

When asked Tuesday how she feels about the Democratic effort in the Arizona State Legislature to repeal an 1864 abortion ban before it goes into effect, Democratic state Rep. Stephanie Stahl Hamilton laughed."I was told that we could get a clean repeal tomorrow, but you know, who knows, right?" Stahl Hamilton said. "Who knows who loses their nerve, you know, the night before the day? Or minutes before, you know? All I know is we got to keep trying. And people in Arizona need us to continue to do everything we can to repeal this ban."Earlier this month, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that the highly-restrictive 160-year-old law that bans nearly all abortions can be enforced — blocking the procedure in all cases except to save the life of the mother. If allowed to take effect on June 8, it ...
French PM Attal unleashes Sarkozy-style politics to tackle far-right surge – POLITICO
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French PM Attal unleashes Sarkozy-style politics to tackle far-right surge – POLITICO

“News stories are pinned down and used to illustrate what would be a broader societal trend,” Christian Mouhanna, a French sociologist whose research focuses on security matters, told POLITICO. “The notion that there’s a massive surge in crime is untrue.” According to Christian Mouhanna, trying to counter the rise of the far right by adopting their preferred themes often backfires. | Guillaume Horcajuelo/EFE via EPA According to Mouhanna, trying to counter the rise of the far right by adopting their preferred themes often backfires, as parties like the National Rally will always push harder for tougher anti-crime policies. “Political leaders tend to put security questions at the front of the agenda when they’re at risk of appearing incompetent on other fronts,” he said. “With t...
Ukraine’s Zelenskyy says “we are preparing” for a major Russian spring offensive
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Ukraine’s Zelenskyy says “we are preparing” for a major Russian spring offensive

Ukraine is readying soldiers for a major Russian offensive that is expected in the coming months, likely before the summer begins, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Sunday.Zelenskyy emphasized that foreign aid "has to end up in tangible weapon systems," specifically, crucial long-range artillery, to give Ukraine a chance at victory. His remarks came one day after the House passed a $60.8 billion aid bill for Ukraine, which will now go to the Senate and President Biden for final signature. In a separate interview Sunday morning on "Face the Nation," Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that he hopes the U.S. will be able to send aid shipments "with that longer-range ATACMS" as soon as possible. Warner told "Face the Nation" moder...
By passing Ukraine aid, the accidental speaker became an unlikely Churchill
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By passing Ukraine aid, the accidental speaker became an unlikely Churchill

CNN  —  Republican Speaker Mike Johnson showed political courage that is rare in Washington and notable legislative skill for an inexperienced leader in forcing a long-delayed $60 billion aid bill for Ukraine through the House of Representatives on Saturday. Johnson put his own job in extreme peril to stand up for a democratic nation victimized by an unprovoked invasion by Russian strongman Vladimir Putin and to bolster America’s leadership of the West. His actions could save thousands of Ukrainian lives, even if Russia’s determination to win a bloody war in which it is targeting civilians shows no sign of fading. Johnson’s support for the bill followed a period of self-exa...
U.S. agrees to withdraw troops from Niger
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U.S. agrees to withdraw troops from Niger

4/19: CBS Morning News 20:00 The U.S. has agreed to withdraw its forces from the West African nation of Niger, an official confirmed to CBS News Friday. A state department official told CBS News in a statement that in a meeting Friday, Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell and Nigerian Prime Minister Ali Lamine Zeine "committed today to initiate conversations in Niamey to begin planning an orderly and responsible withdrawal of U.S troops from Niger." The two officials "affirmed the importance of the bilateral relationship and agreed to pursue collaboration in areas of joint interest," the statement read. ...
Takeaways from the day a jury was selected to decide Donald Trump’s fate in the hush money trial
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Takeaways from the day a jury was selected to decide Donald Trump’s fate in the hush money trial

New York CNN  —  Jury selection in Donald Trump’s hush money business fraud case began Thursday looking like the task of finding 12 jurors had run aground. Two of the seven initial jurors who were seated Tuesday were excused. Judge Juan Merchan’s hopes to begin the trial on Monday with opening arguments appeared to be dwindling fast. By the end of the day, the jury in the first criminal trial of a former president in US history had been seated. Only five alternates are left to be selected on Friday. It’s also clear the trial will be a bumpy one. The Manhattan district attorney’s office, for instance, said it won’t let the defense know who its first wit...
Prosecutors intend to bring up fraud, sexual abuse cases if Trump testifies in New York criminal trial
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Prosecutors intend to bring up fraud, sexual abuse cases if Trump testifies in New York criminal trial

If former President Donald Trump chooses to testify in his New York criminal trial, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg says prosecutors want to question Trump about a host of his recent high-profile legal defeats to attack his credibility, according to a filing that was made public Wednesday. The list of misconduct includes the almost half billion dollar civil fraud judgment recently handed down in another New York court, a pair of unanimous civil federal jury verdicts finding him liable for defamation and sexual abuse of the writer E. Jean Carroll, gag order violations and sanctions for what a judge concluded was a "frivolous, bad faith lawsuit" against Hillary Clinton. That suit, which was dismissed in 2022, accused Clinton and others of conspiring to hurt Trump's 2016 presidential ...
Day 2 of Trump New York hush money trial
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Day 2 of Trump New York hush money trial

Donald Trump departs from Manhattan criminal court in New York, on April 16. Justin Lane/EPA/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesSeven people have been seated on the jury in the hush money trial against former President Donald Trump in Manhattan. Court is not in session Wednesday, and jury selection will continue Thursday until a panel of 12 New Yorkers and likely six alternates has been selected.But before anyone was seated Tuesday, jurors went through the questionnaire phase in which they were questioned by the district attorney’s office and Trump’s lawyers. As jurors spoke, Trump was frequently seen flipping through the jury questionnaire, often leaning back in his chair.Trump attorney Todd Blanche challenged several prospective jurors, calling for some to be dismissed for cause due to social media p...
Trump’s “hush money” trial is getting underway. Here’s what to know.
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Trump’s “hush money” trial is getting underway. Here’s what to know.

The historic criminal trial of former President Donald Trump kicked off in a Manhattan courtroom Monday — the first time a former president in U.S. history has stood trial on criminal charges.The proceedings before Judge Juan Merchan moved forward after Trump made multiple attempts to delay them, resulting in a string of losses that failed to derail the trial's start.The prosecution by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg stems from allegations Trump made a "hush money" payment to an adult film star in an effort to conceal damaging information about him during the 2016 election.  It is the first of four criminal cases involving the former president to go to trial and comes as Trump is making a bid to return to the White House for a second term. He has...
What Differentiates the Political Left and Right?
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What Differentiates the Political Left and Right?

(NA) If you follow political issues, you probably often see references to the "left" and the "right." These terms are ubiquitous. But what do they really mean? Do they capture any systematic distinctions that cut across time and space, or are they just arbitrary labels of convenience, perhaps even ones that oversimplify and mislead. Over the years, there have been various attempts to develop systematic theory of left and right. Recently, prominent liberal political commentator Matt Yglesias wrote an article arguing that the key differences are that the right supports religion and hierarchy, while the left is secularist and egalitarian. He argues this distinction unifies all or most left-right conflicts from the French Revolution to the present. Libertarian economist Bryan Caplan (my col...