National Newswatch

Christian abortion critics urge Dems to change platform

Jul 24 2020 — Elana Schor, The Associated Press — A group of more than 100 Christian pastors, religion professors and other advocates is urging the Democratic National Committee to adopt a party platform that’s friendlier to abortion opponents. In a letter organized by the anti-abortion group Democrats for Life and set to be sent Friday, the group of Christians calls on the Democratic Party […]

Abortion foes vent disappointment after Supreme Court ruling

Jun 29 2020 — Elana Schor, The Associated Press — NEW YORK — Abortion opponents vented their disappointment and fury on Monday after the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision to strike down a Louisiana law that would have curbed abortion access. The ruling delivered a defeat to anti-abortion activists, but President Donald Trump's reelection campaign quickly invoked it as part of a new appeal […]

AIPAC distances itself from group behind anti-Sanders ads

Feb 14 2020 — Elana Schor, The Associated Press — The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is distancing itself from a political action committee that has run ads against Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The political action arm of Democratic Majority for Israel, formed last year to bolster the party's support for Israel as its conservative government faces growing criticism from American progressives, ran a […]

Trump use of doctored Pelosi-Schumer photo draws Muslim ire

Jan 13 2020 — Elana Schor, The Associated Press — NEW YORK — President Donald Trump circulated a fake image on Monday depicting congressional Democrats’ top-ranked leaders in traditional Muslim attire in front of the Iranian flag, drawing criticism that he was promoting Islamophobic tropes. The manipulated photo retweeted by Trump showed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in Muslim garb […]

Trump’s faithful: 2020 tests his ties to white evangelicals

Jan 13 2020 — Elana Schor, The Associated Press — NEW YORK — White evangelical support for President Donald Trump has sparked debate for years -- particularly this winter, with his impeachment trial looming. But for all the focus it commands, uncertainty continues to surround Trump’s bond with a religious constituency that has long leaned GOP. Trump won a clear majority of white evangelical Protestant […]

GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptions

Dec 6 2019 — Elana Schor, The Associated Press — As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to unveil would shield LGBTQ individuals from discrimination in employment, housing, education, and […]

Trump-Netanyahu embrace boosts progressive Jewish Americans

Oct 28 2019 — Elana Schor, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — As Israel and the United States grapple with uncertain politics that could have a massive effect on the future of Israel-Palestinian relations, politically progressive Jewish Americans are showcasing their influence. Five Democratic presidential candidates addressed thousands of attendees on Sunday and Monday at the national conference of J Street, founded in 2007 as […]

Elizabeth Warren: Walmart should halt gun sales

Aug 9 2019 — Elana Schor, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren is calling on Walmart to stop selling guns. The Massachusetts senator is joining a push by gun control activists following two mass shootings that killed 31 last week. One of those shootings took place at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, and 22 people were killed. Warren says […]

2020 Democrats to talk gun safety in Iowa after shootings

Aug 6 2019 — Elana Schor, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — At least six Democratic presidential candidates are scheduled to attend a forum in Iowa on Saturday organized by gun control advocates in the wake of two mass shootings that killed 31 people in Texas and Ohio. Sponsored by the groups Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, the forum […]

2020 Dems’ health care battle is decades in the making

Aug 5 2019 — Elana Schor, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Seventy years ago, before Medicare existed to inspire "Medicare for All," a Democratic president wrestled with a challenge strikingly similar to what the party's White House hopefuls face today. Harry Truman, then in his fourth year of pressing for a national health insurance system, parried criticism of his approach in terms that a […]

Booker takes on Biden in bid to break through crowded field

Jul 25 2019 — Elana Schor, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — In nearly six months as a Democratic presidential candidate, Cory Booker has billed himself as many things: He's both an optimist leading with "radical love" and a fighter against political machines. He's both a supporter of "Medicare for All" and an advocate for more incremental health care policies that preserve the private insurance […]

Climate change forum loses sponsor after dispute over story

Jul 13 2019 — Elana Schor, The Associated Press — NEW YORK — A planned forum on climate change for Democratic presidential candidates lost several major sponsors on Saturday in the wake of the left-leaning magazine The New Republic publishing — and later retracting — a vulgar and homophobic story related to gay presidential contender Pete Buttigieg. The New Republic was slated as a chief […]