In the news today: A new AP-NORC poll; problems at the Bureau of Prisons; and NATO is not ready for Ukraine to be a member. Also, the 2023 Emmy nominations will be announced today.
Abortion-rights activists protest outside the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
Few US adults support full abortion bans, AP-NORC poll finds
Most U.S. adults, including those living in states with the deepest limits on abortion, want it to be legal at least through the initial stages of pregnancy, a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds. The poll was conducted one year after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, undoing a nationwide right to abortion that had been in place for nearly 50 years. Read more.
What the survey shows:
The poll found that 73% of all U.S. adults, including 58% of those in states with the deepest bans, believe abortion should be allowed at six weeks of pregnancy.
Overall, about two-thirds of Americans say abortion should generally be legal, but only about a quarter say it should always be legal and only about 1 in 10 say it should always be illegal.
Larry Nassar stabbing underscores problems at Bureau of Prisons
The recent stabbing of disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar at a federal penitentiary in Florida underscores the persistent problems at the federal Bureau of Prisons. Despite the Biden administration’s vow to fix the broken system, the agency has continued to struggle with violence, understaffing, abuse and an inability to keep even its highest profile prisoners safe. Read more.
Facing increased scrutiny in the wake of an ongoing AP investigation that has uncovered a myriad of scandals, Bureau of Prisons Director Colette Peters has pledged to overhaul recruiting practices and end systemic abuse and corruption. Changing the culture of the massive agency — the Justice Department’s largest with more than 30,000 employees, 158,000 inmates and an annual budget of about $8 billion — has proved exceedingly difficult.
NATO not yet prepared to offer membership to Ukraine
NATO leaders gathered Wednesday to launch a highly symbolic forum for ties with Ukraine, after committing to provide the country with more military assistance for fighting Russia but only vague assurances of future membership. On Tuesday, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy blasted the organization’s failure to set a timetable for his country’s admission as “absurd.” Read more.
Why this matters:
While Western countries are willing to keep sending weapons to help Ukraine do the job that NATO was designed to do — hold the line against a Russian invasion — they are not yet ready to allow Ukraine to join its ranks and benefit from its security during the war. Under Article 5 of the NATO charter, members are obligated to defend each other from attack, which could swiftly draw the U.S. and other nations into direct fighting with Russia.
And a big thanks to our sharp-eyed readers who noticed an interesting detail in yesterday’s Today in History caption. As they correctly pointed out, the guns used in the Hamilton-Burr duel were no longer flintlock pistols as they had been modified. Indeed, the extended caption to the photo notes: “According to the Smithsonian Institution, this original pistol was converted sometime during the Civil War era to a cap lock pistol from the original flintlock.”
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Nissim Kahlon's home overlooks the Mediterranean Sea in Herzliya, Israel. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Israel moves to evict man from his elaborate cave home on the beach Over half a century, Nissim Kahlon has transformed a tiny cave on a Mediterranean beach into an elaborate underground labyrinth of chiseled tunnels, detailed mosaic floors and a network of staircases and chambers.
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