Mike Pompeo visits Iraq amid rising tensions with Iran

Secretary of state abruptly pulls out of Berlin meeting with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, cancelled a long-established plan to hold talks with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, in Berlin on Tuesday, and instead travelled to Iraq to show US support for the Iraqi government during rising tensions with Iran. The unusual last-minute schedule change follows brief talks between Pompeo and the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, on the sidelines of an Arctic Council meeting in Finland on Monday. Pompeo earlier rang the German foreign minister, Heiko Maas, to explain the decision to drop his first meeting in Berlin as secretary of state and promised to reschedule soon. Norbert Rttgen, the chair of …

The Guardian view on the Democratic race: real debate should be welcomed | Editorial

Editorial: The contest for the presidential nomination is wide open, and the political differences are stark For a long time, the prospect of a Trump presidency was unthinkable. For many, even when the votes were counted, it was so appalling and implausible that it took a while to sink in. Now the prospect of a second term is very possible indeed. The stakes in 2020 could not be higher for Americans and the rest of the world: another four years of a man who should never have claimed the Oval Office and has used it to wreak damage at home and abroad or a second chance. The Democrats are now beginning to determine who might best grab that second chance. …

Conservatives take aim at Roe v Wade with ‘extreme’ six-week restriction bills

Heartbeat bills, which would make the procedure illegal at about six weeks into gestation, are misleading and unconstitutional Destinee Marett was less than two years sober when she got pregnant. She already had three children, her first when she was 13 years old. At the time, she was waitressing at a diner in Cleveland, surviving on tips alone. Employers in Ohio pay servers only $4.30 (3.31) per hour, and between taxes and child support her check was often for nothing. I grew up fast, real fast, said Marett, a former felon. This pregnancy was the wrong time, wrong place kind of thing. She found out five weeks into the pregnancy, and had an abortion, as has been every womans constitutional …