Warren took DNA test to help rebuild “trust in government“

Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren participates in a U.S. Senate debate with Republican challenger state Rep. Geoff Diehl, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Springfield, Mass. (AP)
Updated 22 October 2018
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Warren took DNA test to help rebuild “trust in government“

  • Some tribes rely on blood relationships, or "blood quantum," to confer membership

NEW YORK: Democratic US Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she changed her mind and took a DNA test proving her heritage because Americans’ trust in government is “at an all-time low” and she wanted to rebuild it by being transparent.
The incumbent Massachusetts senator spoke Sunday at her second debate against Republican state Rep. Geoff Diehl in the US Senate race.
She was asked by a moderator why she had said, in March, that no DNA test was needed to prove she had some Native American heritage. She said she ultimately took the test, reporting last week that she is 1/1024th Native American.
At the debate in Springfield, Warren said she believes one way to rebuild trust in government is by posting her full family history online so “anybody can take a look.”


Ninth lawmaker quits Britain’s opposition Labour Party

Updated 22 February 2019
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Ninth lawmaker quits Britain’s opposition Labour Party

  • Corbyn, a supporter of Palestinian rights and critic of the Israeli government, has previously been accused by some of failing to tackle anti-Semitism in the party. He denies the allegation

LONDON: British lawmaker Ian Austin resigned from the opposition Labour Party on Friday, the ninth person to do so this week, saying it was “broken” and had been taken over by the “hard left.”

Austin said he was appalled at the treatment of Jewish lawmakers who had taken a stand against anti-Semitism and that the “the party is tougher on the people complaining about anti-Semitism than it is on the anti-Semites.”

“The Labour Party has been my life, so this has been the hardest decision I have ever had to take, but I have to be honest and the truth is that I have become ashamed of the Labour Party under (leader) Jeremy Corbyn,” he told the Express and Star newspaper.

“I could never ask local people to make Jeremy Corbyn Prime Minister.”

Corbyn has promised to drive anti-Semitism out of the party.

Austin said he did not currently have any plans to join The Independent Group in parliament, launched by seven of his former Labour colleagues on Monday and since joined by an eighth as well as three former members of the governing Conservatives.

A Labour lawmaker since 2005 and a former government minister, Austin supports Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal and is not in favor of holding a second referendum, putting him at odds with the other Independent Group members.