Bernie Sanders surges in Democratic field after shrugging off health scare

The Vermont senator raised more than any Democrat in the last quarter capping a stunning bounceback from a heart attack Shortly after Bernie Sanders announced early this month that his campaign raised a showstopping $34.5m the highest sum of any 2020 Democrat during any single quarter so far in this primary #PresidentSanders was trending on Twitter. It was an extraordinary reversal of fortunes for a presidential candidate who, three months earlier, was in a Las Vegas hospital recovering from a heart attack. At the time, Sanders was under immense political pressure, eclipsed by fellow progressive Elizabeth Warren and counted out by many in the party and by the president. The episode might have derailed Sanders second quest for the White …

More than 200 members of Congress urge US supreme court to reconsider Roe v Wade

Appeal in an amicus brief in a Louisiana case was signed by 205 Republicans and two Democrats More than two hundred members of Congress have urged the US supreme court to reconsider the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling which legalized abortion nationwide. The appeal came in an abortion rights in the US are increasingly under threat, and the issue is likely to become a point of fierce debate in the lead up to the 2020 US election. Forty-six years after Roe was decided, it remains a radically unsettled precedent: two of the seven justices who originally joined the majority subsequently repudiated it in whole or in part, 82 and virtually every abortion decision since has been closely divided, the …

LA high schools to open sexual and mental health clinics in pioneering program

Partnership between officials and Planned Parenthood will offer birth control, STI testing and care for anxiety and depression Dozens of Los Angeles high schools will soon host clinics providing sexual and mental health services for teenagers as part of a wellness program that officials say is a groundbreaking model of comprehensive on-campus care. The school-based clinics 75,000 teens at 50 schools. They will offer birth control, emergency contraception like Plan B, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy testing and counseling, and a range of mental health and substance abuse resources. The reproductive health services California law permits teens older than 12 to receive birth control and related treatment without parental consent, the care is confidential. The centers do …

Democrats pick over Labour loss in UK as Biden warns of moving ‘so far’ left

Frontrunner Biden says Labour disaster shows Democrats should avoid selecting leftwing nominee but others disagree Labours crushing defeat in the British general election ignited instant debate among Democrats in the US, with 2020 election frontrunner Joe Biden framing it as a warning to the party against moving too far left. While the Conservative prime minister, Boris Johnson, is often compared to Donald Trump, some also see parallels between the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, a 70-year-old socialist, and left-wing senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, aged 78 and 70 respectively. Speaking at a campaign fundraiser in San Francisco, Biden, the former vice-president, said: Look what happens when the Labour party moves so, so far to the left. It comes up with …