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Lifting the Steele Curtain 9 Nov 2017, 7:34pm Lifting the Steele Curtain
The Fusion GPS dossier was one of the dirtiest political tricks in U.S. history.
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How Churches Are Helping Puerto Rico 9 Nov 2017, 7:33pm How Churches Are Helping Puerto Rico
The media focuses on celebrities, but the island’s Christians are playing a central role.
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Thanks for Your Service, Too 9 Nov 2017, 7:30pm Thanks for Your Service, Too
There’s no military monopoly on devotion and self-sacrifice.
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Tax Reform Momentum 9 Nov 2017, 7:26pm Tax Reform Momentum
The Senate bill improves on the House on the top rate and businesses.
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Bromance in Beijing 9 Nov 2017, 7:25pm Bromance in Beijing
Xi and Trump get along famously, but to what mutual purpose?
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How Europe Is Out-Trumping America 9 Nov 2017, 7:13pm How Europe Is Out-Trumping America
While Washington is stuck in neutral, French and Dutch reformers are pushing radical change.
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Tax Reform Passes the Fairness Test 9 Nov 2017, 5:25pm Tax Reform Passes the Fairness Test
The usual assessments fail to account for the way liabilities change over a taxpayer’s lifetime.
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An Atheist Can Respect Prayer 9 Nov 2017, 5:24pm An Atheist Can Respect Prayer
A kind woman in a church taught me that mocking faith is a bad approach.
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As I Await a Reply, Anxiety Sets In 9 Nov 2017, 5:24pm As I Await a Reply, Anxiety Sets In
Why isn’t he responding to my email? Is he angry with me? Is he even alive?
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Nicola Jennings on Donald Trump, Twitter and China – cartoon 9 Nov 2017, 3:50pm Nicola Jennings on Donald Trump, Twitter and China – cartoon
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9 Nov 2017, 3:38pm Updated The Neighbors Who Stand with Rand
Was the assaulted Kentucky senator also victimized by media coverage?
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Trump ridiculed the losers. Now, at home and abroad, he is one of them | Martin Kettle 9 Nov 2017, 2:29pm Trump ridiculed the losers. Now, at home and abroad, he is one of them | Martin Kettle
Kowtowing in Beijing and a stunning election defeat to the Democrats show how steadily his power and influence are erodingIt is one of Donald Trump’s favourite and most sneering insults. He has used it publicly about such people as Cher, John McCain, Rosie O’Donnell and Jeb Bush. In Trumpworld, all these people have been dismissed in tweets as “losers”. Right now, though, there is only one big loser in Trumpworld, and that loser is President Trump himself.
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The Guardian view on Trump in China: a bromance unlikely to run smooth | Editorial 9 Nov 2017, 2:27pm The Guardian view on Trump in China: a bromance unlikely to run smooth | Editorial
The US president has been gushing about the Beijing stretch of his Asian tour. But strains in the bilateral relationship are growing with China’s ambitionsMao once observed that a revolution is not a dinner party. Neither are great power relations – even if they manifest temporarily as a lavish meal in the Forbidden City. Wednesday’s feast for Donald Trump was the first time the palace in central Beijing had hosted a banquet for a foreign leader since the Communist party took power in 1949. Beijing, adept at ladling on such flattery, pitched this leg of the US president’s Asia tour as
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The Guardian view on data protection: privacy is not enough | Editorial 9 Nov 2017, 2:25pm The Guardian view on data protection: privacy is not enough | Editorial
Rights over our personal data are only a start. The imbalances of power online must be tackled in other ways tooWe entered the age of
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The Guardian view on pesticides: give bees a chance | Editorial 9 Nov 2017, 2:25pm The Guardian view on pesticides: give bees a chance | Editorial
It may be hard to tie the neonicotinoid group of chemicals directly to the global bee decline but they do cause widespread harm. A ban is the right callMichael Gove, the leading Brexiter who’s now in charge of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, is a natural iconoclast, sometimes a valuable characteristic in government. His education revolution left a damaging legacy of unaccountability and underfunding. But in his year as justice secretary, he won fans across the prisons sector for his plans for radical reform. They were subsequently disappointed to find there was little to show for them after he left. Now he is ploughing up old Defra policies and on Thursday he made his first significant intervention.
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Can Simon Cowell redeem himself with a new show for the Brexit era? 9 Nov 2017, 1:47pm Can Simon Cowell redeem himself with a new show for the Brexit era?
With X Factor ratings their worst ever, the man who once ruled reality TV needs a new big idea. Frighteningly, he says he has one Whatever happened to telly demagogue Simon Cowell, arguably the first great populist of the new era, who once bestrode the ratings on both sides of the Atlantic? His
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Carl Sargeant’s death was a tragedy. But women must keep speaking out | Deborah Orr 9 Nov 2017, 1:43pm Carl Sargeant’s death was a tragedy. But women must keep speaking out | Deborah Orr
The Welsh politician took his life after sexual misconduct allegations. It doesn’t follow that the current toxic atmosphere is the fault of victimsThey really started something, the women who made those first
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Stubborn, unloved, always late: why Bill de Blasio’s my kind of mayor | Emma Brockes 9 Nov 2017, 11:35am Stubborn, unloved, always late: why Bill de Blasio’s my kind of mayor | Emma Brockes
In the midst of populist fervour, it’s a relief to see New York’s mayor easily re-elected after an unshowy first term in officeIt was an odd experience reading the
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How Brexit will unfold: we’ll get a deal, but it will come at a price | Charles Grant 9 Nov 2017, 10:19am How Brexit will unfold: we’ll get a deal, but it will come at a price | Charles Grant
Britain will end up paying €50bn and accepting a hard Irish border: 10 predictions based on my conversations with people on both sides
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Hedd Wyn: the shepherd poet whose story shows the stupidity of war | Giles Fraser: Loose canon 9 Nov 2017, 9:45am Hedd Wyn: the shepherd poet whose story shows the stupidity of war | Giles Fraser: Loose canon
Remembrance is too easily purloined by those who want to celebrate the sort of nationalistic chauvinism that led so many young men into pointless deathsWhen the first world war broke out, the poet Ellis Humphrey Evans was working as a shepherd on the family hill farm in north Wales.
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Watch Starship Troopers now: it’s reality, not sci-fi 9 Nov 2017, 9:38am Watch Starship Troopers now: it’s reality, not sci-fi
Twenty years ago Paul Verhoeven’s film foresaw the nightmare of the west’s endless war with terrorists. If only the world had recognised its geniusThere’s an image from
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Bernie Madoff and the Case for Civil Asset Forfeiture 9 Nov 2017, 9:22am Bernie Madoff and the Case for Civil Asset Forfeiture
We’re returning $3.9 billion to victims of his Ponzi scheme.
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Now sexual harassment is a campaign against men? Get real | Nesrine Malik 9 Nov 2017, 9:03am Now sexual harassment is a campaign against men? Get real | Nesrine Malik
Watch the powerful men scrambling to defend their unearned privilege, equating rape with a matter of ‘hands on knees’. They must be really worriedI know it feels like years, but we are only just over three weeks into the post-Weinstein “
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How to make the House of Commons a less toxic workplace | André Spicer 9 Nov 2017, 7:59am How to make the House of Commons a less toxic workplace | André Spicer
Many MPs run their offices like private fiefdoms. Putting in place standard HR procedures would be a good start to create a more diverse, civil place“Thanks,” I said to my friend before taking a first sip of the cheapest pint in central London. I was slouching in a dark corner of one of the dozen bars in parliament. It was past 10 at night, but the place was packed. “There are the Labour party people,” my friend said. “Over there are the Tories,” he added. “And there are the journalists.” Taking a second sip, I looked around, trying to avoid seeming conspicuous. “Everyone here looks the age of my students,” I told my friend. “Yeah. They’re mainly researchers working in MPs’ offices. Sometimes an MP comes down here,” he said. “Most just want a drink. But you have to watch out for a few of them.” I had not thought about my friend’s offhand comment until stories began to emerge of sexual harassment by male politicians in Westminster. Looking at the growing list of allegations, I was shocked but not surprised. I spent two summers in Westminster with my colleague, Jo Silvester, interviewing dozens of MPs and parliament officials. We were frequently told that MPs’ offices are like “650 small businesses”.
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The NHS is still standing. But underfunding will soon bring it down | Polly Toynbee 9 Nov 2017, 7:11am The NHS is still standing. But underfunding will soon bring it down | Polly Toynbee
NHS chief Simon Stevens has put his head above the parapet to demand more money. As things stand, one serious crisis will bring the service to its kneesBrexit squeezes the air out of everything. Well, there’s always room for another great British sex scandal or another
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I adopted a stray cat. I had no idea what I was letting myself in for | Nigel Kendall 9 Nov 2017, 6:26am I adopted a stray cat. I had no idea what I was letting myself in for | Nigel Kendall
The ginger creature appeared in my life randomly. Then, little by little, it wormed itself into my home and my heartIt’s three months since the ginger cat first walked into our lives, sauntering down the rural railway line that adjoins the house. We watched as it approached, then disappeared into the bracken. We shrugged and carried on with our lives. The cat kept coming back. We’d see it squeeze through the gate into the garden as it went on its morning walk. If we attempted to get within 40 metres, it would simply turn on its heels and run away. Still, we got close enough to see that it was on the small side and a bit skinny, and its behaviour suggested it was wild, or a stray at least. It clearly needed a good meal.
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Can Theresa May and her government survive? Our writers’ verdict | Sonia Sodha, Andrew Gimson, Steve Richards and Ellie Mae O’Hagan 9 Nov 2017, 6:24am Can Theresa May and her government survive? Our writers’ verdict | Sonia Sodha, Andrew Gimson, Steve Richards and Ellie Mae O’Hagan
With two resignations in one week, four Westminster watchers discuss whether the Conservative leader and her party can cling on to power
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Axing Sky News would be retrograde. It’s earned its place in the political landscape | Joey Jones 9 Nov 2017, 4:26am Axing Sky News would be retrograde. It’s earned its place in the political landscape | Joey Jones
As part of the Fox takeover, the future of Sky News is uncertain. But the channel has become a valuable part of the architecture of broadcasting
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The budget will show whether the Tories really care about ‘just managing’ families | Frances Ryan 9 Nov 2017, 3:00am The budget will show whether the Tories really care about ‘just managing’ families | Frances Ryan
The 2015 benefit freeze has been far more destructive than the government thought. Will the Tories take the chance to lift it?In politics, there are some ideas that are good in theory but don’t work in practice. Then there are those that were always going to cause harm but turn out to be more damning than even the policy’s architects could have imagined. Increasingly, the benefit freeze is the poster child for the latter category. The government is rightly coming under increasing pressure to halt the roll-out of universal credit. But lifting this freeze in benefit levels should be as much of priority. In the 2015 budget, then chancellor George Osborne put in motion a freeze on most working-age benefits for four years, from housing benefit and tax credits, to employment support allowance and child benefit. In other words, on the “top-up wage” for the mum working all hours as a care assistant but still struggling to pay the rent, or the safety net for the cancer patient temporarily too ill to hold down a job.
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Let’s have that Brexit-promised £350m a week now – the NHS can’t afford to wait | Frances O’Grady 9 Nov 2017, 2:00am Let’s have that Brexit-promised £350m a week now – the NHS can’t afford to wait | Frances O’Grady
As the budget approaches the health service is in desperate need of more funding. It may cost a lot, but the cost of a NHS collapse would be catastrophic From the get-go, Vote Leave used “
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Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump plans to crush little rocket man 9 Nov 2017, 1:10am Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump plans to crush little rocket man
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No more remembrance days – let’s consign the 20th century to history | Simon Jenkins 9 Nov 2017, 1:00am No more remembrance days – let’s consign the 20th century to history | Simon Jenkins
Almost all the conflicts in the world are caused by too much remembering: Britain should stop wallowing in past traumas and move onEnough of Remembrance Day. This weekend’s memorial to “the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” has become a synthetic festival whose time has passed. The wars of the 20th century are beyond the experience of the overwhelming majority of Britons. The composite of the Last Post, “lest we forget” and Oh! What a Lovely War is impregnated with enmity, atonement, forgiveness and self-congratulation. It has been reduced to the compulsory “corporate poppy”.
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Don’t be complacent: climate change will ravage rich and poor alike | Patricia Scotland 9 Nov 2017, 1:00am Don’t be complacent: climate change will ravage rich and poor alike | Patricia Scotland
My trip to islands that bore the brunt of Hurricanes Irma and Maria proved one thing: we must think again about how to help those most at riskIn Pointe Michel, on the Caribbean island of
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