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Bert and Ernie, Political Puppets5h Bert and Ernie, Political Puppets
The enforcers of identity über alles descend on a children’s TV show.
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Moon Shot in Korea5h Moon Shot in Korea
Kim still hasn’t provided a list of his nuclear facilities.
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What Democrats Have Become6h What Democrats Have Become
Brett Kavanaugh is a casualty of an anything-goes political resistance.
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Health Care Is the Sleeper Issue of 20186h Health Care Is the Sleeper Issue of 2018
Republicans must counter Democratic attacks on pre-existing conditions.
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California Farmers Are Trade-War Casualties6h California Farmers Are Trade-War Casualties
China imposes retaliatory tariffs on pistachios, almonds and wine, while Canada is taxing ketchup.
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The Mafia That Threatens Afghanistan6h The Mafia That Threatens Afghanistan
Armed factions have overrun civil society, but coming elections offer a chance to root them out.
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A Tax Cut Democrats Can Back6h A Tax Cut Democrats Can Back
Don’t favor the top 1%. Help working Americans by expanding the child and earned-income tax credits.
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8h Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Authoritarianism
The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee pitches a new edition of her campaign memoir.
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Seamus Jennings on Theresa May and Brexit negotiations – cartoon11h Seamus Jennings on Theresa May and Brexit negotiations – cartoon
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Labour’s plans for democracy must begin at home | Owen Jones11h Labour’s plans for democracy must begin at home | Owen Jones
Too many in the party want to deny its grassroots a say over the selection of MPs. This could hold back future starsSocialism is the democratisation of every level of society, or it is nothing. It is based on an understanding that the concentration of wealth and power leaves democracy hollowed out, and that simply trooping to a polling station every few years is an insufficient counterweight to the behemoths of global capital. Under the prevailing system, the same vested interests remain in power whoever is in office, which is why a transformative government must seek to democratise the workplace, the economy and all of society’s pivotal structures, from the media to local government. But if this is Labour’s mission, it must surely begin at home; and here, the noises are distinctly mixed. A future contest could feature no candidate aligned with the grassroots of one of the biggest parties in Europe
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Why female superheroes shouldn’t hit old ladies12h Why female superheroes shouldn’t hit old ladies
The new female Captain Marvel does just that in a film trailer – Superman would never be allowed to stoop so low. What’s going on? The trailer for Captain Marvel has landed. I always find it hard to tell someone’s superpower from a trailer – it all moves so fast – but I know she can breathe fire out of her eyes, and I can see quite plainly that she is female, the first of her kind, unless you count Wonder Woman, or Lara Croft, which for reasons relating to comic franchises, we do not. Apart from the eyes, some obligatory superhero amnesia and a bit of kinetic energy, the main thing we see is the Captain punching an old lady. In the fullness of the film, it will doubtless transpire that the old lady was a well-disguised mutant, or carrying a nuclear bomb; in the thrill of the trailer, we take these things on trust. The Captain, being female, must have a sound reason. You would never see Superman do such a thing, even if the lady did have a nuclear bomb: it would be too visually uncomfortable. Some studio exec would say: “Can’t we make the old lady a hyena?” And everyone would nod and say: “That’s why he’s paid the big bucks.”
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Of course girls feel miserable. They can’t move freely in the world | Suzanne Moore12h Of course girls feel miserable. They can’t move freely in the world | Suzanne Moore
Yet another survey tells us fewer girls are happy or confident. Let’s be honest – in the end, this is down to male violence Another day, another headline about the unhappiness of girls. The
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The Guardian view on EU migration: a mutual advantage | Editorial12h The Guardian view on EU migration: a mutual advantage | Editorial
The privileged access of British and EU citizens to each other’s countries has a value that economic statistics cannot measureIt is impossible to imagine Brexit without debate over immigration. So it is remarkable that the final report by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), established to inform post-Brexit policy, presumes that immigration will not be covered by the UK’s final deal with the EU. The report,
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The Guardian view on Bodyguard: to keep making brilliant shows, the BBC needs resources | Editorial12h The Guardian view on Bodyguard: to keep making brilliant shows, the BBC needs resources | Editorial
It may be a golden age for TV, with masterpieces from Netflix and Amazon. But the BBC is still a vital part of the UK’s cultureIt is
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Prison, riots and rehabilitation | Letters12h Prison, riots and rehabilitation | Letters
We needed a serious analysis of violence and safety for staff and prisoners, say
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Let’s salute the real underground press | Letters:12h Let’s salute the real underground press | Letters:
The real underground press existed in the Soviet Union and eastern Europe during the last decades of communism, says
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An environment not hostile enough | Brief letters12h An environment not hostile enough | Brief letters
Hostile environment | Vince Cable’s erotic spasm | Disguising greens | Ludo/Llandudno | Article in fullAll too often, the Guardian refers to Theresa May’s “hostile environment” for immigration and Jacqueline McKenzie’s otherwise excellent article repeats the error (
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We need a royal commission to save us from this botched Brexit | Catherine Barnard13h We need a royal commission to save us from this botched Brexit | Catherine Barnard
Theresa May must come out from her Brexit bunker and abandon her red linesThe image of a confident
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The medicinal cannabis panel is already failing children like my daughter | Tannine Clarry15h The medicinal cannabis panel is already failing children like my daughter | Tannine Clarry
CBD oil is being treated as the option of last resort. This is simply no good to my four-year-old and many othersBefore I took the decision to try treating my daughter Indie with medicinal cannabis she was on a trial of a “traditional” pharmaceutical drug. My four-year-old has
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All those who are displaced by crisis and conflict need help and protection | Letter15h All those who are displaced by crisis and conflict need help and protection | Letter
56 leaders of faith and religious organisations, groups and communities, call for national governments and their leaders to ensure that internally displaced people get the help they needWe, leaders of faith and religious organisations, groups and communities, including those supporting the
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Is it acceptable to laugh at Donald Trump’s mushroom?16h 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 Monbiot24h 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 Boysen24h 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 Uhlová24h 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 – cartoon24h 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 Packham24h 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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