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Steve Bell on the state of the Brexit negotiations – cartoon3h Steve Bell on the state of the Brexit negotiations – cartoon
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Have They Got a Bond for You5h Updated Have They Got a Bond for You
Connecticut and Chicago borrow a debt trick from Puerto Rico.
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Philip Hammond’s budget cannot erase the stain on the soul of his party | Rafael Behr5h Philip Hammond’s budget cannot erase the stain on the soul of his party | Rafael Behr
Neither housebuilding nor tax breaks will do it. The Tories govern as if they despise those who backed remainPhilip Hammond’s
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The Guardian view on the Brexit talks: finding the right price to pay | Editorial6h The Guardian view on the Brexit talks: finding the right price to pay | Editorial
After weeks of unreality, the cabinet has started to face the facts over the EU divorce bill. But there is a very long way to goThe Downing Street official spokesperson refused to confirm it on the record, but key members of Theresa May’s cabinet
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The Guardian view on Mugabe’s resignation: the end of an era in Zimbabwe | Editorial6h The Guardian view on Mugabe’s resignation: the end of an era in Zimbabwe | Editorial
Zimbabweans cheered and sang as they learned that their president’s 37-year rule was over. But they understand the dangers aheadRobert Mugabe’s
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Germany’s crisis means uncertainty for Europe. But it won’t be fatal | Natalie Nougayrède6h Germany’s crisis means uncertainty for Europe. But it won’t be fatal | Natalie Nougayrède
The continent has been rattled at a time when it has so many unresolved issues. Macron’s plans, however, will be key – and Merkel is not finished yetThe
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How the FCC Can Save the Open Internet9h How the FCC Can Save the Open Internet
We should undo the Obama administration’s rules that regulate the web like a 1930s utility.
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This isn’t the start of an NHS crisis – it’s far worse | Jan Filochowski9h This isn’t the start of an NHS crisis – it’s far worse | Jan Filochowski
The shortfalls are chronic, widespread and growing. I’ve turned failing health trusts around – I can see the service needs a modern-day Marshall planSaying the NHS was already in crisis, as I – and a few other Jeremiahs – did two years ago, meant going out on a limb. Today, hardly anyone says anything else, not least because virtually all our dire predictions have become realities. Even public officials responsible for running and inspecting the NHS, who couldn’t be seen for dust then (the heads of NHS England, NHS Improvement and the Care Quality Commission), are going public on the gravity of the situation and begging the chancellor to do something in this week’s budget. Indeed, how could anyone say things are OK when, in response to an increase in the past seven years of at most 15% in A&E attendances and admissions,
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Trans women need rape and domestic violence services. Here’s why | Shon Faye11h Trans women need rape and domestic violence services. Here’s why | Shon Faye
All women face similar dangers, whether trans or not, and it’s distressing that some people seek to drive a wedge between our rightsTrans people in Britain have recently been subjected to a media onslaught from all sides. The attack has largely been centred on
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Paperchase rejecting the Daily Mail is another victory against hatred | Owen Jones13h Paperchase rejecting the Daily Mail is another victory against hatred | Owen Jones
One of the most vindictive bullies in Britain has the chutzpah to say Paperchase was bullied into dropping its ads. This is a rightwing press lashing out from its death spiral
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This inquiry into undercover police abuse is just another cover-up | Alison13h This inquiry into undercover police abuse is just another cover-up | Alison
Here in the Royal Courts of Justice we are listening for crumbs of information about the officers who used and abused us. But nothing is revealedI’ve been researching undercover policing ever since the
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Building houses and saving the NHS: how Lib Dems would tackle this budget | Vince Cable15h Building houses and saving the NHS: how Lib Dems would tackle this budget | Vince Cable
Urgent cash is needed for our ailing health service and those affected by corrosive benefit cuts. We have a plan which doesn’t rely on a magic money tree
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Britain has become a zombie state. Philip Hammond cannot save it | Polly Toynbee19h Britain has become a zombie state. Philip Hammond cannot save it | Polly Toynbee
As civil war rages in the cabinet and the chancellor is undermined by Theresa May, he won’t reverse the damage of austerityDriverless cars are the
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The rules on outsourced working are rigged. But today there’s a fightback | Aditya Chakrabortty19h The rules on outsourced working are rigged. But today there’s a fightback | Aditya Chakrabortty
How does a respectable institution such as the University of London become a place of abuse and humiliation? A legal battle could transform workers’ rightsThe University of London ranks among the grandest and most renowned higher education institutions, and it sports values to match: “that every member of staff is treated with dignity … at work”; “equality of opportunity … in which individuals are treated equitably”; “diversity, social inclusion and respect”. I have been reporting on the university for four years, during which time I have met a fair number of its workers. They include a grandmother, Marta Luna, employed as a cleaner at a Bloomsbury student hall, where the supervisor instructed her and her colleagues to throw their coats and bags in one giant box on the floor. Lunch was eaten in the laundry room. At the end of each shift, she remembered, “
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The Hague Aims for U.S. Soldiers25h The Hague Aims for U.S. Soldiers
A ‘war crimes’ inquiry in Afghanistan shows the danger of the International Criminal Court.
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North Korea, Terror Sponsor25h North Korea, Terror Sponsor
Trump corrects a Bush mistake and calls the North what it is.
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Fear American Complacency, Not China25h Fear American Complacency, Not China
Today just 8% of U.S. businesses are startups, down from about 12.5% in 1980.
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28h Updated Even the Irish Are Getting Nervous
How you know U.S. tax reformers are on the right track.
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Martin Rowson on Brexit developments – cartoon30h Martin Rowson on Brexit developments – cartoon
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The Guardian view on Black Friday: a triumph of imagination | Editorial30h The Guardian view on Black Friday: a triumph of imagination | Editorial
Recreational shopping is not about collecting objects so much as experiencesOn Thursday, nothing out of the ordinary will happen in Britain. Millions of people will get up and go to work as normal; families will remain widely dispersed; shops will be open as usual; and at the end of the day the nation will gather for its traditional meals of takeaway and microwaved convenience foods eaten in front of a screen. In the US, by contrast, it will be the feast of Thanksgiving, when the whole country shuts down and families gather from across vast distances for a ritual meal celebrating America’s founding myth. An anthropologist might well suppose that this was the most important festival of the year, far more so than Christmas. No one would dare declare
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Charles Manson’s prosaic and ugly life is over. But his loser cult lives on | Suzanne Moore33h Charles Manson’s prosaic and ugly life is over. But his loser cult lives on | Suzanne Moore
A short man full of violence, rage and manipulation, his fantasy was of race war, and now his warped logic holds sway at the highest levels of US society
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Tantrums over tiaras … how to navigate the latest gender minefield33h Tantrums over tiaras … how to navigate the latest gender minefield
There’s a tabloid hysteria about what kids shouldn’t wear. Here’s a thought, says our style expert, in her weekly column: maybe we shouldn’t screw up our children any more than necessary with antiquated stereotypes
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The Guardian view on Germany’s political crisis: the start of the post-Merkel era? | Editorial33h The Guardian view on Germany’s political crisis: the start of the post-Merkel era? | Editorial
The failure of the three-party coalition talks in Germany may make it difficult for the chancellor to stay onNearly two months after Germany’s general election, talks aimed at forming a three-party coalition between Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU), the Free Democratic party and the Greens
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Reducing Corporate Tax Games35h Updated Reducing Corporate Tax Games
The GOP reforms are far tougher on income shifting than Obama was.
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What does Germany’s political crisis mean for Brexit? | Martin Kettle35h What does Germany’s political crisis mean for Brexit? | Martin Kettle
With coalition talks collapsing, Angela Merkel has problems at home to sort. The idea she could magic a Brexit solution favourable to the UK is simply for the birdsThe British political class, like much of the British media, remains foolishly obsessed with America to the exclusion of all other foreign countries. As a result, both refuse to pay consistent attention to German politics, or indeed to the internal politics of any other European country at all. So the news that Angela Merkel may not, after all,
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Theresa May is closer to a transitional deal than you might think | Piet Eeckhout and Oli Patel37h Theresa May is closer to a transitional deal than you might think | Piet Eeckhout and Oli Patel
The prime minister and David Davis are already edging us towards a status quo transition – and doubling the Brexit divorce bill would enable thatThey may not see eye to eye on the big issues such as trade and migration, but Theresa May and EU leaders may be closer than you think to agreeing the terms and scope for a transition period. If the latest reports are correct, the prime minister may be about to
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With this budget, Philip Hammond could be the person to unify Britain again | Torsten Bell39h With this budget, Philip Hammond could be the person to unify Britain again | Torsten Bell
Our acute economic problems could be a blessing for the chancellor. If he creates a mood for consensus, he can bring the changes we badly needFeeling sorry for Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer is all the rage. Philip Hammond is an unlucky man we’re told, having to prepare next week’s
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A gold star for the nurseries that have stopped being glitter bugs | Jules Howard39h A gold star for the nurseries that have stopped being glitter bugs | Jules Howard
As well as polluting our seas with microplastics, the devilish dandruff turns up all over my house and about my person – I applaud those schools banning itWhat will the rocks record about the lives we lead? What might a future palaeontologist, human or otherwise, make of the structures that will come to signify these moments in which you and I live our lives? They will notice extinctions, of course. Fossils of mammals’ tusks and horns will abound in the rocks, only to disappear when we humans turn up. They will come across our mines – enormous trace fossils, perhaps the largest ever to have existed. They will see, by studying fossil pollen, that the climate changed. They will find our discarded KFC bones and they will wonder how the world supported so many chickens. And there, among it all, they will probably find that most awful of human inventions: glitter. Oodles of it – purples, pinks and reds – crushed into rocks the world over. Mineralised madness. Our lowest ebb. What will those future palaeontologists make of it? What will glitter say about us? Perhaps this is our mark in the geological strata. A post-glitter epoch that all started with a handful of nurseries
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A budget to increase national debt? That would be a pay rise for Britain | Phil McDuff40h A budget to increase national debt? That would be a pay rise for Britain | Phil McDuff
Getting rid of deficits is disastrous for economies – as Bill Clinton proved in the 90s. But don’t expect Philip Hammond to ditch this crazy obsessionPhilip Hammond is in a bind as he prepares for
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Steve Bell’s If ... Philip Hammond undertakes his budget43h Steve Bell’s If ... Philip Hammond undertakes his budget
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The future is digital, our children are analogue. We’re betraying a generation | John Harris44h The future is digital, our children are analogue. We’re betraying a generation | John Harris
Michael Gove was right to call for greater computer literacy. The failure of ministers to follow through is shameful Three years ago, before the Brexit dreams of renewed imperial glory and Vimto for all took wing, England took an uncharacteristically bold step into the future. Michael Gove was in charge of the Department for Education, and he appeared to make good his promise to revolutionise the teaching of computing in schools. He damned the subject known as information and communication technology (or ICT), which its detractors – with a good deal of justification – said was too often reducible to showing kids how to use PowerPoint. “About as much use as teaching children to send a telex or travel in a zeppelin,”
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