Senate Blocks 20-Week Abortion Bill
U.S. Democratic senators have blocked a bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks, ensuring that the procedure stays legal through the later terms of a woman's pregnancy.
Republican leaders in the Senate knew the bill had little chance to pass, but wanted to pressure Democrats to take a stance on abortion, particularly vulnerable Democrats facing re-election and from states that voted for President Donald Trump.
The vote largely fell along party lines, with only two Republicans voting against. Three Democrats voted for the measure. All three are from states that voted for Trump in the 2016 election.
More than half of the Senate's Democrats and independents are up for re-election this year, and 10 of them are in states Trump won.
Russian jet flies within 5 feet of US Navy plane, Pentagon says
The United States is expressing its “highest level of concern” after a Russian military jet came dangerously close to a U.S. plane in international airspace over the Black Sea Monday.
The encounter came during a Russian military exercise.
“While the U.S. aircraft was operating under international law, the Russian side was flagrantly violating existing agreements and international law,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement late Monday, “this is but the latest example of Russian military activities disregarding international norms and agreements.”
According to U.S. Naval Forces Europe, a Russian SU-27 came within one and a half meters of crossing directly in front of the flight path of an American EP-3.
There has been no response so far from Russia.
The State Department calls on Russia to stop what it calls unsafe actions that increase the risk of miscalculation and midair collisions.