Morning round up: U.S. one of the worst industrialized countries for mothers and other uplifting Mothers’ Day news

*Happy Mothers’ Day, maybe — the U.S. is one of the worst places in the industrialized world to be a mother. That is, at least, according to a report published earlier this week by Save The Children. The NGO based its index on “the lifetime risk of maternal death, the under-five mortality rate, years of formal schooling, income per capita, and the participation of women in government.” The U.S. ranked 30th, according to the measure.

*Turkey’s foreign minister blamed the Assad government in a TV interview for two car bombs that killed 46 people in Reyhanli, a border down, on Saturday. Assad’s information minister denied that the Syrian government was involved, saying that the Turkish government, a steadfast supporter of Syrian rebels, “has turned the border areas into ‘international terrorist concentrations.”

Meanwhile, the United States and Great Britain have said they will “stand behind their NATO ally.”

*South Dakota Democrats appear to be avoiding a particularly messy primary in 2014, according to The Hill.

Rick Weiland’s decision to enter the Senate race is seen as a sign that U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson — the retiring senator’s son — will not enter the race.

Weiland and Johnson are both progressives, and political observers in the state said Weiland almost certainly would not have entered the race if Johnson were still considering a run.

Weiland, however, is far from state Dems’ front-runner.

Ex-Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D) is widely expected to enter the race and will make a decision by the end of the month, sources said.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) had polling showing Herseth Sandlin, with her more conservative voting record, would be more competitive in a general election against former Gov. Mike Rounds (R), the only announced Republican contender in the race.

Weiland would be a heavy underdog against Herseth Sandlin, and could ease her path to the general election, where she would be likely to face Rounds in the deeply red state.

*A Seattle Police Department official told Reuters’ Eric Johnson that the city’s force is going to equip at least a dozen officers with wearable cameras for a year long trial.

The pilot program comes after high profile police brutality cases in recent years — incidents that led to the ACLU to call on the Department of Justice to investigate the city’s cops.

Before being enacted, the plan must first pass a Seattle Police Officers’ Guild vote later this month “and would require amending state law or the parameters of use because of rules requiring dual party consent for audio recording.”

One major issue that calls into question the efficacy of the cameras is the fact that officers can activated or disable them as they please.

To protect and serve, eh?

Samuel Knight

Samuel Knight is a freelance journalist living in DC and a former intern at the Washington Monthly.