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Is it acceptable to laugh at Donald Trump’s mushroom?1h 46m Is it acceptable to laugh at Donald Trump’s mushroom?
Any guilt over enjoying Stormy Daniels’s revelation should be weighed against how Trump’s policies hurt women
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The RSPCA rescues one seal – and sanctions the killing of many others | George Monbiot9h The RSPCA rescues one seal – and sanctions the killing of many others | George Monbiot
The animal charity’s certification of fish farms knowing that they shoot ‘pests’ indicates a tragic descent into hypocrisyAs the drive for growth and profit intrudes into all relationships, it captures even the bodies that exist to hold capital to account. Agencies of the state, newspapers and broadcasters, campaign groups and charities that claim to restrain corporate power fall under its spell. As their mission becomes confused and their purpose dissipates, substance is replaced with spectacle. Fifty years ago, in his book
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Racist rioting in Chemnitz has reopened Germany’s east-west split | Jacqueline Boysen9h Racist rioting in Chemnitz has reopened Germany’s east-west split | Jacqueline Boysen
Having lived in peace for 70 years we’ve turned against each other – and it’s in the rise of the AfD where that is most visibleIt’s hard to overstate the shock felt by democratic, liberal Germany as it witnessed the racist rioting in
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If the Czech economy is thriving, why are we so poor? | Saša Uhlová9h If the Czech economy is thriving, why are we so poor? | Saša Uhlová
The transition from state socialism to capitalism has created deep feelings of injustice among those in manual jobs I was standing next to Marta. We were both picking up heavy bedsheets and feeding them into the mangle. I saw the pain each movement brought her – the laundry was heavy, and I knew she was ill: one of her intervertebral discs was inflamed. The previous week, after she had visited her doctor, our boss had told her she couldn’t take any sick leave as there weren’t enough workers. “Does it hurt a lot?” I asked, concerned. “I’m thinking about what I’ll cook tonight,” she said. Despite the pain, her greatest worry was feeding her child. Marta works in the laundry room of a large Czech hospital, earning the minimum wage (11,000 Czech koruna, or about £385 a month). As she is paying back accumulated debt from the past, her net monthly income is about 9,000 CZK. She pays 20,000 CZK in rent. The state provides her with a widow’s pension, an orphan’s annuity for her child and a housing subsidy. All this just about covers the rent. Despite Marta’s hard work – sometimes up to 11 hours a day – she keeps falling further into debt.
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Andrzej Krauze on the EU – cartoon9h Andrzej Krauze on the EU – cartoon
The European project is hampered by populists, despite hopeful developments such as the parliament’s vote to take action against Hungary’s backsliding
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My manifesto could save Britain’s dying wildlife | Chris Packham9h My manifesto could save Britain’s dying wildlife | Chris Packham
From banning weedkiller and excluding dogs from nature reserves, there are cheap and practical ways to transform BritainEarlier this summer, I sat in my garden, admiring a small wildflower patch I’d sown. Then I realised something was missing. Not a single butterfly jinked between the flowers, no bumblebees buzzed, no hoverflies hovered. We have lots of data to prove these absences, and have become inured to them. We say that we’ve
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The Missing China Trade Strategy15h The Missing China Trade Strategy
Trump imposes new tariffs but what he wants from Beijing isn’t clear.
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No More Pay-to-Play Green Cards15h No More Pay-to-Play Green Cards
The EB-5 Regional Center program is a bipartisan source of corruption and cronyism. Let it die.
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Clarence Thomas Hearings Redux15h Clarence Thomas Hearings Redux
As in 1991, unverified allegations threaten to derail a Supreme Court nomination.
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The Corporate Tax Cut Is Paying for Itself15h The Corporate Tax Cut Is Paying for Itself
Faster-than-expected growth has produced a revenue windfall.
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What Really Happened in 200815h What Really Happened in 2008
There was a housing shortage, not a bubble; the Fed was too tight, etc.
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The American Dream Needs a Jolt15h The American Dream Needs a Jolt
Few believe their children will be better off, and current policy offers no solution.
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Ben Jennings on the latest round in the US-China trade row – cartoon19h Ben Jennings on the latest round in the US-China trade row – cartoon
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20h How Many Bank Bailouts Can America Withstand?
The architects of the 2008 rescues pretend they’ve been vindicated.
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If Labour is serious about power it must back a people’s vote on Brexit | Polly Toynbee20h If Labour is serious about power it must back a people’s vote on Brexit | Polly Toynbee
Next week’s conference is the party’s chance to set aside internal division and save the country from Tory chaosIn
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The Guardian view on US-China trade wars: careful what you start | Editorial20h The Guardian view on US-China trade wars: careful what you start | Editorial
The tit-for-tat between the two countries continues, but macho political posturing will not deal with the real issues“It is easier to start a war than to end it,” Gabriel García Márquez once observed. This is true even when the skirmishes are fought over cotton hammocks, ornamental fish, motorboats and soya bean oil rather than territory. On Monday, Donald Trump ramped up his trade offensive by announcing that the US would
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The Guardian view on clean air zones: cities must be bold | Editorial20h The Guardian view on clean air zones: cities must be bold | Editorial
As evidence about the harmful effects of pollution mounts, mayors need to take action to reduce emissions and improve healthThe slogan “Think global, act local”, popular among environmentalists since the 1970s, is apt when applied to the politics of air. While pollution by greenhouse gases, chiefly CO
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The scandal of councils in affluent areas getting a better deal | Letters21h The scandal of councils in affluent areas getting a better deal | Letters
‘Surrey will get £17m and, again, we get nothing,’ writes
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Disputed ownership of Citizen Lane’s art | Letter21h Disputed ownership of Citizen Lane’s art | Letter
Ownership of 39 paintings collected by Hugh Lane in the early years of the 20th century is disputed because of a codicil to his will leaving the paintings to found a gallery of modern art in Dublin, writes the historian
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Will a lick of aspirin a day keep heart attacks at bay? | Brief letters21h Will a lick of aspirin a day keep heart attacks at bay? | Brief letters
Sir Richard Doll’s aspirin dose | Fair deal on discounted tickets | Misguided craze for driving | David Hockney health warning for cigarette packets | The divine Miss ManganI remember as a medical student in the early 1980s hearing the late, great epidemiologist
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Where leaders dare: how John McDonnell survived the Mumsnet forums | Zoe Williams23h Where leaders dare: how John McDonnell survived the Mumsnet forums | Zoe Williams
As part of his bid for power, the shadow chancellor did a Mumsnet Q&A which somehow wasn’t a disasterIf one thing has been really noticeable over the summer, it’s that John McDonnell wants to be in power; he doesn’t want to be shadow anything for one minute longer than is necessary: his voice is marked by calm and his interventions, conciliation. Nothing demonstrates this more than dragging himself up the ultimate hill, though not necessarily to die there:
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The part of Brexit everyone’s been avoiding is finally here: immigration | Gaby Hinsliff25h The part of Brexit everyone’s been avoiding is finally here: immigration | Gaby Hinsliff
The migration committee has made its mind up on free movement. Now does Theresa May listen to angry leavers, or business?Brexit was never really about immigration. Or so liberal leavers fall over themselves to claim, at least. They can’t bear the idea of being associated with a racist backlash and so they insist it was really all about sovereignty; that all those
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As the rich get richer, why don’t Britons care about inequality? | Simon Tilford27h As the rich get richer, why don’t Britons care about inequality? | Simon Tilford
British voters say poverty must be tackled but won’t back policies like inheritance tax. The solution is to invest in social wealthAfter decades in the background of political debate,
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Rihanna: Growing up in Barbados, school was a grind. But I was lucky29h Rihanna: Growing up in Barbados, school was a grind. But I was lucky
We must fight for the quarter of a billion young people still denied an education by conflict, poverty, sexism and bad policy
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Liberalism needs to be rebuilt – just not by the Lib Dems | Rafael Behr33h Liberalism needs to be rebuilt – just not by the Lib Dems | Rafael Behr
Insurgent forces of the far left and right have resulted in a hollowing-out of centre politics. But Vince Cable’s tribe is not up to filling the voidIf it is true that failure makes a great teacher, the Liberal Democrats must know a lot about British politics. Currently they are learning about Brexit by failing to capitalise on the votes of millions of remainers, despite being England’s most pro-European mainstream party. In 2016 support for EU membership was 48%, yet the Lib Dems struggle to reach double digits in opinion polls. That reflects another failure: at a time when Jeremy Corbyn has taken Labour radically to the left, and Theresa May’s agenda is dictated by the fanatical right, there must be room for a party of mainstream moderation. But
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Ruth Davidson is right. Who’d want to be Britain’s prime minister? | Dawn Foster33h Ruth Davidson is right. Who’d want to be Britain’s prime minister? | Dawn Foster
The Scottish Tory leader’s admission that she didn’t want to be prime minister highlights a much deeper problem in our political cultureA fair few political gamblers will be counting their losses after Ruth Davidson’s
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