What Joe Biden’s Flip-Flop On The Hyde Amendment Means For The Democratic Party (HBO)

Joe Biden no longer wants to be the only 2020 Democrat who supports a controversial rule to block federal funding for most abortions.

Biden said Thursday night that he doesn’t support the Hyde Amendment, a restriction added to the federal budget annually that prevents any money from going toward abortions — except in cases of rape, incest, or serious threats to the mother’s health. The U-turn comes just a day after his campaign told the New York Times Wednesday that he was still in favor of the rule.

Biden’s initial support made him the only 2020 candidate to come out in favor of Hyde, while a slew of his 2020 opponents — including the top three female candidates — almost immediately reiterated that they wanted to do away with the rule entirely.

On Wednesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren flat-out called Biden’s original stance wrong and pointed out that Hyde most directly affected low-income women through Medicaid.

“Understand this: Women of means will still have access to abortions,” Warren said during an MSNBC town hall Wednesday night. “Who won’t will be poor women.”

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Cory Booker all doubled down this week as well and said they support repealing Hyde. Abortion groups, too, quickly came after Biden’s support for the law.

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France’s Yellow Vest Protesters Just Won Against Macron (HBO)

According to local media in France, Macron’s government will announce a moratorium on the hike in fuel prices today. The U-turn comes after Saturday’s riots in Paris which the government said were the worst they had seen in 50 years.

It marked the third week of “gilet jaunes” or yellow vest protests across France, named after high-visibility safety jackets the French are required to keep in their cars. The movement first came together on social media to protest an increase in fuel taxes. But among chants of “Macron Resign! Macron Resign!” at the protest, it was obvious it had become about working and middle class being hit hard by the economic policies of President Emmanuel Macron.

“We need a balance between the rich and poor in France,” Jimmy Moreno told VICE News among tear gas and water cannons at L’Arc de Triomphe. Jimmy came to protest peacefully and voted for Macron in the 2017 election but says he wouldn’t vote for him again.

“He has shown himself to be cold-hearted and inhuman, little more than a banker, with no place governing a nation,” Jimmy said the day after the protest at his home in the Paris suburb of Argenteuil.

“What’s happening now because of the government’s violent actions and the yellow vests’ violent reaction, is representative of French history. Every time there is a shift in governance or a revolution, there is violence, it’s unavoidable,” he added.

The government struggled to negotiate with the yellow vests which is an a-political grassroots movement that has no clear leadership. But smashed shop windows, graffiti, and cars burning in the streets got the government’s attention. “We need to violence to stop because the violence we had against police, against institutions last week is just unacceptable so we need it to stop,” said Aurore Bergé, a deputy in the French Parliament and spokesperson for Macron’s party En Marche!.

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RAW: Moment a jet engine goes on fire shortly after take-off

A passenger on a Red Wings flight from Ufa to Sochi has shared the chilling footage of the emergency landing of the Tu-204 jet with 202 people on board, which was forced to make a U-turn just after takeoff, due to an engine fire. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9ctz

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‘Who knows what Trump is up to? I suspect least of all he himself knows’ – analyst

Less than 24 hours after canceling the much-anticipated summit with Kim Jong-un and getting back to who has more “massive” nukes talk, Donald Trump took a U-turn and tweeted about peace and prosperity for North Korea.

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Trump hints that meeting with Kim Jong-Un could still take place

Donald Trump is now hinting that a meeting with Kim Jong-Un could still take place.
The sharp U-turn comes less than 24 hours after the U.S. president called off the summit with the North Korean leader – scheduled for June in Singapore.
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‘Status of President Assad to be decided by Syrian people’ – Tillerson during his visit to Turkey

The U.S. Secretary of State has signalled a major U-turn in Washington’s policy on Syria, which has long been a bone of contention between America and Russia. Rex Tillerson’s statement didn’t get a response from his Turkish counterpart in Ankara. However, this new stance set out by Washington could become a stumbling block in relations between the U.S. and Turkey as Ankara has never expressed sympathy for the Syrian president. The comments were made during the U.S. Secretary of State’s first official visit to Turkey. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/87ef

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No repeat of 2015 refugee influx: Merkel makes U-turn on migration to remain ‘last leader standing’

Angela Merkel says the full-face burka should be banned in Germany “wherever it is legally possible.” With a general election coming next year, she’s NOW deploying a tough line on immigration as one of the cores of her campaign. RT’s Peter Oliver takes a closer look at the chancellor’s U-turn.

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U-Turn: Possible reasons behind Turkey’s rapprochement with Russia

Western media has its eyes on Ankara and Moscow after a long-anticipated meeting between Presidents Putin and Erdogan – who’d been at odds with each other since last autumn. But while the two leaders seek closer ties, RT’s Daniel Hawkins looks at the possible reasons behind Turkey’s U-turn towards Russia.

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