Kansas lawmakers want to block the right to abortion by changing the state constitution

TOPEKA, Kansas — Lawmakers are fast-tracking a push to amend the state constitution and undo a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that said women have the right to abortion.

The goal, with voters’ approval in August, is to add a line to the state bill of rights saying abortion isn’t constitutionally protected ⁠— and that legislators can regulate abortions, including when a pregnancy results from rape or incest or threatens a woman’s life.

What the U.S. won (and lost) in the China trade deal

Markets finally got this week the signed phase 1 U.S.-China trade deal they had waited for. "The market impact is largely the rally we've seen over the past three months," wrote Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at Bankrate.com, in a note to Fortune. It's a "cloud of uncertainty" cleared from the U.S. and global economy.

Experts in trade business and law who reviewed the agreement—which was only made available after the signing— tell Fortune the first phase is an important step. But much remains nebulous, particularly for enforceable tangible gains. ...

Column: Trump’s China trade deal doesn’t even get us back to square one, despite immense cost

That sound you may have heard Wednesday morning was that of a heavy truck spinning its wheels, as President Trump signed an agreement with China that imposes a cease-fire in a trade war that has achieved virtually nothing for Americans, except the imposition of enormous economic costs on U.S. consumers, farmers and manufacturers.

The world in 2030: Twenty-somethings will define the 2020s

Twenty-Somethings will define the world in 2030. All other generations would be wise to follow the advice of surrealist artist Salvador Dalí: “The problem with today’s youth is not being a part of it anymore.” 

Thanks to Twenty-Somethings, across the next decade, international trade will be managed for social justice, Islamist extremism will be moribund, liberal arts will flourish again, and and ecological sins will be repented. To those today to whom “O.K., Boomer” is rightly said, the world in 2030 will look surreal.

Kansas schools protect LGBTQ students as legal experts dismiss lawsuit concerns

A Wichita teacher accused the district’s school board of moving slowly on passing protections for LGBTQ students at the start of its December meeting.

Later in the meeting, after the district did pass such a statement, one of the board’s longest serving members announced his resignation.

Kansas schools have been adding gender identity and sexual orientation to their nondiscrimination policies. Olathe and Manhattan updated their policies this past year while Topeka did so about a decade ago.

Stolen and erased

A Navajo girl was exploited and sex trafficked in urban and rural New Mexico. Why did so many fail to help her? 

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Eva was found at dusk one Tuesday in late December 2016, standing in a parking lot in northeast Albuquerque. The 15-year-old Navajo girl had been missing more than two weeks when her grandmother got a call from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s office — saying her silver Ford truck had been recovered.

“I don’t care about the truck, what about my granddaughter?” Heidi demanded. 

The markets have spoken: Phase one trade deal between the U.S. and China is ‘no victory’

From Shanghai to London, stocks rallied on Friday morning as a "Phase One" trade deal was reached between China and the Trump Administration—that is, until the details were announced.

By noon in New York, the major indices still trading were swooning, with the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average in negative territory, ceding big early gains.

What happened?

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