ESSENTIAL #1: “STACEY ABRAMS: WE CANNOT RESIGN OURSELVES TO DISMAY AND DISENFRANCHISEMENT” STACEY ABRAMS, THE NEW YORK TIMES
From the article: “Facing an existential crisis of democracy, Americans cannot resign ourselves to disenfranchisement and dismay. We must find hope in the energy of voters who supported access to health care, economic opportunity and high-quality public education in record numbers.
This is our ethos: Use the ballot box to create the change our communities need and deserve. In Georgia and across our country, voters deserve the right to pick their leaders and set the direction of our nation. And we shall not rest until this democracy is fully realized.”
ESSENTIAL #2: “THE NEW ABORTION BILLS ARE A DARE” EMMA GREEN, THE ATLANTIC
From the article: “The state legislators who are passing these bills know they will be challenged in court. They also know they will probably lose. But their sights appear to be set higher than their state jurisdictions: With a solidly conservative majority on the Supreme Court, anti-abortion advocates are eager to seed the challenge that could one day take down Roe v. Wade, the 1973 opinion that legalized abortion up to the point of fetal viability. At the very least, they hope the Supreme Court will undercut Roeand subsequent decisions that reaffirmed abortion rights, the idea being that each legal challenge makes it a little harder to obtain an abortion in the United States.”
ESSENTIAL #3: “RELIGIOUS MEN CAN BE DEVOTED DADS TOO” W. BRADFORD WILCOX, JASON S. CARROLL AND LAURIE DEROSE, THE WASHINGTON POST
From the article: “And it turns out that the happiest of all wives in America are religious conservatives, followed by their religious progressive counterparts. Fully 73 percent of wives who hold conservative gender values and attend religious services regularly with their husbands have high-quality marriages. When it comes to relationship quality, there is a J-curve in women’s marital happiness, with women on the left and the right enjoying higher quality marriages than those in the middle — but especially wives on the right.”
ESSENTIAL #4: “IRANIAN THREATS ‘PUT ON HOLD,’ SAYS US DEFENSE CHIEF” BBC NEWS
From the article: “Potential attacks by Iran have been ‘put on hold’ by US counter-measures, acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Tuesday.
The US has warned in recent weeks of a threat from Iran but has not given any details.
Tensions between the two nations have risen sharply since Donald Trump won the US presidency.
President Trump last year unilaterally withdrew the US from a nuclear deal with Iran and five world powers.”