A Hong Kong Court Hears Final Arguments in Subversion Trial of Pro-Democracy Activists

[ad_1] HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court started hearing the final arguments Wednesday of some of the city’s best-known pro-democracy activists tried under a law imposed by China’s ruling Communist Party to crush dissent. The activists’ subversion trial is the biggest prosecution yet under such law. They may face up to life in … Read more

Trump Has Long Praised Autocrats and Populists. He’s Now Embracing Argentina’s New President

[ad_1] NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump has long praised a particular type of foreign leader — men he describes as “tough” and “strong,” even if they have chipped away at their countries’ democratic norms. The former president and GOP front-runner is now celebrating the newly elected leader of Argentina, Javier Milei, a wild-haired, chainsaw-wielding … Read more

Voters Back Abortion Rights, but Some Foes Won’t Relent. Is the Commitment to Democracy in Question?

[ad_1] COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The statewide battles over abortion rights since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a constitutional right to abortion have exposed another fault line: the commitment to democracy. As voters in state after state affirm their support for abortion rights, opponents are acting with escalating defiance toward the democratic processes and institutions … Read more

Biden Says He’s an Optimist. but His Dire Warnings About Trump Have Become Central to His Campaign

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden ends nearly every speech by saying he’s “never been more optimistic” about the country’s direction. But lately he also has begun painting a vision of a catastrophic future for the United States — that is, if Donald Trump returns to the presidency. Biden in recent days has accused … Read more