Abortion bills push women’s reproductive rights into political spotlight

(CNN)Eight months after the contentious hearings over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, progressives fear that the most dire warnings of abortion rights groups are now coming to fruition. “We think that women understand their rights are under fire and that there is a dire need to ensure that the right policymakers are making the decisions,” said Christina Reynolds, vice president of communications for EMILY’s List. “What we’ve seen is a bunch of mostly male Republicans making really bad decisions on behalf of the women in this country.” “This is a deliberate Republican effort to end abortion altogether and to take away this right,” Reynolds said. “I think a number of us thought this was coming. For those of us who …

Theresa May faces ultimatum: set your exit date or quit now

1922 Committee discusses prime ministers fate as anger grows over Brexit failure Executive members of the 1922 Committee are preparing to ask Theresa May to step down immediately if she fails to set out a timetable for leaving Downing Street. Up to 10 members of the powerful group of senior Tory MPs have discussed telling the prime minister to name a date for the end of her premiership or face immediate demands to go, sources confirmed. May is due to appear before the committee on Thursday as the party struggles to contain widespread anger among its MPs and members at Mays failure to lead the UK through Brexit. She indicated earlier this year that Original Article : HERE ; This …

Trump steps on his economy wins with renewed China trade threat

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump put his strong economic reviews at risk Sunday by threatening to escalate tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods “shortly” ahead of a critical week of negotiations between the two countries to end a yearlong tit-for-tat trade war. Chinese negotiators led by Vice Premier Liu He are scheduled to arrive in Washington on Wednesday with a very large delegation, the latest signal that two sides may be nearing the end stage of a comprehensive trade deal that will end a trade impasse that has rattled Wall Street. The fresh comments by the President on Twitter came just days after he expressed cautious optimism over the possibility of brokering a possible trade deal with China soon. The …

Pressure grows for Mueller to speak

Washington (CNN)In the end, Robert Mueller’s silence betrayed him. Mueller’s habitual reticence earned him a reputation for integrity that made him the ideal choice for the radioactive mission of investigating a sitting president’s campaign. But in retrospect, it let others — who do not necessarily follow his blueprint for life — tell his story themselves. Ultimately, the special counsel’s absence allowed Attorney General William Barr to step in and provide his own interpretation of Mueller’s report — with which Mueller now differs. That left the long-held assumption that Mueller’s words in his report would speak for themselves undermined — to the political advantage of President Donald Trump, who is claiming blanket exoneration that the report does not confer. ‘Blessed’ to …

Joe Biden may face uphill climb in early states

Washington (CNN)Here are the stories our panel of top political reporters will be watching for in the week ahead, in this week’s “Inside Politics” forecast. “Joe’s name is not coming up much,” said one county Democratic chair in Iowa. “There is a lot of interest in these new, fresh and younger candidates.” To illustrate that point, this Democrat noted that a local bookstore owner was scrambling to get more copies of a book by Mayor Pete Buttigieg, whose candidacy is generating considerable early buzz. Team Biden believes his official entry will change the conversation. It also believes his early poll numbers, which show him at the top of the pack, are anchored on more than just universal name recognition among …

How May’s failed deal shattered EU relations

Lack of assurances on backstop and customs union led to impasse If they want to leave, they should do it now, Brexit adviser, Olly Robbins, to speak to the EUs most senior lawyers would be denied until the treaty exit mechanism, known as article 50, was triggered. Timeline Five key moments Show Hide 19 June 2017 Negotiations Formal negotiations finally begin. A photograph of the two sides facing each other in which Britain sits without papers is used to criticise a lack of UK preparedness. The truth is that Barrow was about to take his notes out but civil service training kicked in as the photographers arrived. 4 December 2017 Humiliation in Brussels European Union officials, independently of the nationality. …

The 5 most important 2020 stories this week, ranked

(CNN)5. Kamala’s must-win state: The California senator is right where she wants to be in the fight for the Democratic nomination: In the front of the pack, drafting just off of the former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. But she and her team know that in order for her to eventually win the nomination, there’s one state she HAS to win: South Carolina. There’s very little fresh polling in South Carolina although a survey completed in the beginning of March showed Harris running in third behind Biden and Sanders. Which is fine for her. For now. 4. A Biden bounceback? The former vice president has weathered several weeks of terrible press — centered on several allegations …