Do Democrats win by moving left? Or is moderation the key to victory? | Geoffrey Kabaservice

The ideological battle for the heart of the Democratic party is far from over For Americans who would resist President Trumps re-election in 2020, the outcome hinges on the answer to this basic strategic question: will the Democrats risk losing to Trump by nominating a candidate whose ideas are too far to the left to appeal to the moderate majority of Americans? Or will Democrats risk losing to Trump by nominating a candidate whose ideas are insufficiently progressive to excite the Democratic base? This basic question of moderation v progressivism was at the heart of the first of two Democratic debates in Detroit and doubtless will continue to be central throughout the rest of the primary process. By taking one …

Art Neville, New Orleans funk star, dies aged 81

Keyboardist and singer behind the Meters and the Neville Brothers hailed as an icon by Louisiana governor John Edwards Art Neville, one of the most celebrated funk musicians in the US, has died aged 81. His manager, Kent Sorrell, confirmed that the keyboardist and vocalist passed away peacefully this morning at home, with his adoring wife, Lorraine, by his side. No cause of death has been given, but his health had declined in recent years. He had suffered a stroke as well as complications from back surgery in 2001. Born in 1937, Neville grew up in New Orleans. His career began in the mid-50s when he joined the band the Hawketts, which he went on to front. Their song Mardi …

The moderate squad: swing-state Democrats wary of leftward path

Trumps racist attacks on four progressives lit a fire but many say the middle of the road is the best way to the White House Two years ago, a chastened group of Democrats came to Berryville, Virginia. In a town of 4,300, in a Republican district they hoped to win, they unveiled a new economic agenda A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future. It was their roadmap back to power in 2018 a populist pitch to voters who left them for Donald Trump. Too many Americans dont know what we stand for, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer told a crowd in a park off Main Street. The new vision, he said, would change that. Democrats took the House. …

Ten years after abortion doctor’s murder, one woman carries the fight for reproductive rights

In 2009, George Tiller was shot dead in Kansas. Today, as Americas discord over abortion reaches fever pitch, Julie Burkhart is keeping the flame alive Julie Burkhart remembers all too vividly the morning of 31 May 2009. It was a Sunday and she was in a meeting in Washington DC when, shortly after 10am, her phone started buzzing incessantly with calls from her home town of Wichita, Kansas. When she got through to one of her co-workers she thought at first he was making a surreal joke. George Tiller, her mentor with whom she had worked side-by-side for the past eight years at the frontlines of Americas abortion wars, had been accosted at Sunday service in his Wichita church and …

Abortion clinics report ‘alarming’ rise in picketing, vandalism and trespassing

Last year, trespassing hit highest level since 1999 while vandalism occurred at highest rate since 1990 US abortion providers reported an alarming escalation in incidents of disruption and intimidation in 2018, according to new recently enacted ban on abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy; civil liberties and reproductive rights organizations filed a signed a ban on abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy. Anti-choice individuals and groups have been emboldened by the rhetoric of President Trump, Vice President Pence and other elected officials and we are seeing this play out in more instances of activities meant to intimidate abortion providers and disrupt patient services, said Katherine Ragsdale, interim president and CEO of NAF, in a statement. Trump and other politicians …

Why smelling good could come with a cost to health

Fruity, floral, musky from candles and cleaning products to lotions, soaps, lipstick and cologne, we live in a scented world. What is lurking in the air? About 50 to 300 distinct chemicals. BCPP study of personal care and cleaning brands. The chemicals identified were linked to chronic health issues, including cancer. When we took a harder look at beauty and personal care products we found that many chemicals of concern were hiding under the word fragrance, said Nudelman. While virtually all Americans are exposed to fragrance chemicals on a daily basis, women have a greater body burden, largely from beauty and cosmetics products absorbed through the skin. The average American woman uses 12-16 products a day, many containing fragrance. Besides …

‘We’re in the fight of our lives’: Alabama abortion law spurs lawsuits and protests

Womens health advocates and Democratic leaders vow to fight the measure and the conservative-led effort to challenge abortion rights nationwide The fight to prevent one of several recent abortion restrictions enacted at the state level designed as a direct challenge to Roe v Wade, the supreme court ruling that legalized abortion across the US four and a half decades ago. Alabamas Republican governor, Kay Ivey, signed the legislation on Wednesday. Womens health advocates and Democratic politicians have promised to fight the new law, as well as the conservative-led effort to challenge abortion rights nationwide. Leana Wen, the president of Planned Parenthood, said: At Planned Parenthood we will do whatever it takes to stop these dangerous bans so that our patients …

Corey Johnson NY (and even the city’s subway). Will he run for mayor?

The speaker of the city council, 37, who was diagnosed with HIV in 2004, has overcome addiction and is mulling a mayoral run Corey Johnson got his first brush with fame when, as the captain of his high school football team in a small town in Massachusetts, he came out as gay. These days, he likes to say hes in a long-term relationship with New York City. Its a way of confessing his love for his adopted city where he was diagnosed with HIV, and where he overcame alcohol and drug addiction to become a high-profile speaker of the city council but not just that. I mean that I cant find a boyfriend! Johnson told the Guardian. Besides considering a …

Corey Johnson NY (and even the city’s subway). Will he run for mayor?

The speaker of the city council, 37, who was diagnosed with HIV in 2004, has overcome addiction and is mulling a mayoral run Corey Johnson got his first brush with fame when, as the captain of his high school football team in a small town in Massachusetts, he came out as gay. These days, he likes to say hes in a long-term relationship with New York City. Its a way of confessing his love for his adopted city where he was diagnosed with HIV, and where he overcame alcohol and drug addiction to become a high-profile speaker of the city council but not just that. I mean that I cant find a boyfriend! Johnson told the Guardian. Besides considering a …

Trump administration rules health staff can refuse care for religious reasons

New rule reinforces laws protecting conscience rights but ACLU says religious liberty being used to harm communities Doctors, nurses and other health workers can opt out of procedures such as abortions and sterilizations which violate their personal or religious beliefs, under a rule issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday. The rule, proposed more than a year ago, reinforces a set of 25 laws passed by Congress that protect conscience rights in healthcare, HHS said. Those laws allow health providers and entities to opt out of providing, participating in, paying for or referring for healthcare services that they have personal or religious objections to, HHS said. Trump chose the National Day of Prayer to announce …