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The Autumn of ObamaCare 11 Jun 7:27pm The Autumn of ObamaCare
How to score the election debate over rising premiums.
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A Victory for Voting Law 11 Jun 7:25pm A Victory for Voting Law
A 5-4 Supreme Court majority saves the day for accurate voter rolls.
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What to Do When the Labor Market Stops Working for Workers 11 Jun 6:42pm What to Do When the Labor Market Stops Working for Workers
Courts have now blessed mandatory arbitration clauses, but regulators and states don’t have to.
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Bourdain vs. the Social-Justice Warriors 11 Jun 6:22pm Bourdain vs. the Social-Justice Warriors
The celebrity chef scoffed at the notion of opposing ‘cultural appropriation.’
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Why Trump Clashes With Europe 11 Jun 6:21pm Why Trump Clashes With Europe
Sharp differences in style and substance threaten the trans-Atlantic alliance.
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An Asian-American Awakening 11 Jun 6:20pm An Asian-American Awakening
A racial minority fights discrimination from elite schools and universities.
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Martin Rowson on the Trump-Kim summit – cartoon 11 Jun 1:28pm Martin Rowson on the Trump-Kim summit – cartoon
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Theresa May is circling the Brussels sky and low on fuel. Time to buckle up | Rafael Behr 11 Jun 1:24pm Theresa May is circling the Brussels sky and low on fuel. Time to buckle up | Rafael Behr
A soft Brexit was effectively signed off six months ago. But there’s still time for the PM to play a decent last handA lot of confusion arises from the way “Brexit” has come to describe two very different things. It can be heroic liberation from foreign control – a common British definition. Or it can be the task of dismantling the UK’s membership of the European Union, in which heroism plays no part. That is how it is generally understood abroad. They sound the same and are spelt the same way, but the meanings have diverged so far that really they should be separate words. One is an event, the other is a process. One is booked for 29 March 2019; the other will drag on for a decade or more. One is a fantasy, the other is a negotiation. Fantasies tend to be non-negotiable.
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The Guardian view on the Brexit bill debates: crash bang wallop | Editorial 11 Jun 1:18pm The Guardian view on the Brexit bill debates: crash bang wallop | Editorial
The Commons debates on the EU withdrawal bill ought to be the high point of the argument about Brexit. Instead much of the debate is implodingIn an ideal democracy, it might be possible to treat the process that begins on Tuesday
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I’m in denial about my internet dependence | Suzanne Moore 11 Jun 1:07pm I’m in denial about my internet dependence | Suzanne Moore
Children have gone into rehab due to internet addiction, and Lily Allen says she spends five hours a day on Twitter. How do we deal with this? When Jean-Paul Sartre said, “Hell is other people”, he was clueless. Social media did not yet exist. Now we all know how hellish other people are, no matter how heavenly their Instas. And we know not what we do. Or at least that’s how the internet is still spoken of, as something newish, out of control and worrying. The gnattish attention spans of adults, the limited vocabulary of children, social isolation, Trump, eating disorders, the “alt-right”. All of these are because of the damned old internet.Limiting the time your kids spend online is now a signifier of middle-class parenting is now limiting to limit the time your kids spend online. Really? This is like buying them wooden toys they never play with. We still seem to have no real handle on how we talk about the online world apart from this narrative of fear, addiction and excess. At this stage of the game, I wonder how useful this is. A nine-year-old girl has reportedly been put into rehab for an Xbox addiction so bad that she would rather sit in her own urine than stop for a toilet break. A mother of a 15-year-old boy is fighting for the NHS to diagnose internet gaming addiction, as her son’s life is being ruined by it. The World Health Organization has classified internet gaming addiction as a mental health disorder.
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Let’s replace the HS2 project with local transport investment | Letters 11 Jun 1:01pm Let’s replace the HS2 project with local transport investment | Letters
Scrapping HS2 could mean £500m each for 112 towns and cities, writes
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1918 suffrage celebrations: what about the men? | Letters 11 Jun 1:01pm 1918 suffrage celebrations: what about the men? | Letters
The 1918 Act also newly enfranchised approximately 8 million men, writes
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Banning ads is not the best way to protect gamblers | Letters 11 Jun 1:01pm Banning ads is not the best way to protect gamblers | Letters
What to do about it given the dependence of broadcasters and sports on gambling advertising revenue? asks
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Mary Wilson upset by undressed nurses | Brief letters 11 Jun 1:01pm Mary Wilson upset by undressed nurses | Brief letters
Alec Issigonis | Morris Minors | Eid al-Fitr recipes | Mary WilsonHostile as I am to today’s “hostile environment”, I’m not so sure that Morris Minor designer Alec Issigonis (
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Anthony Bourdain’s masculinity was an antidote to Trumpian machismo | Suzanne Moore 11 Jun 12:22pm Anthony Bourdain’s masculinity was an antidote to Trumpian machismo | Suzanne Moore
He was a man’s man who supported women, offering an insight into how to be human in a divisive and difficult age ‘There is nothing more political than food. Who eats? Who doesn’t? Why do people cook what they cook?” said the great and, I can barely bear to say it, late Anthony Bourdain. There you have: the cultural, the political, the beautiful economy of this man’s understanding of people. And an answer to all the dolts who comment “what about Syria?” under every restaurant review or recipe. I am not a foodie but I loved to watch him eat. I loved his joy in simplicity. A Spanish omelette after a visit to a dope cafe. The noodles. The food in Gaza. The breaking of bread with others. His listening. Not all raconteurs listen, but he really could. Foreignness was to be ribbed, imbibed, explored, marvelled at. God, what a lesson for the US.
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If Trump wants to blow up the world order, who will stop him? | Yanis Varoufakis 11 Jun 11:23am If Trump wants to blow up the world order, who will stop him? | Yanis Varoufakis
As horrified as we may be at Trump’s uncouth antics, it is important to understand the tectonic shifts underpinning them Donald Trump’s early departure, and his subsequent refusal to endorse the G7 communique, has thrown the mainstream press into an apoplexy reflecting a deeper incomprehension of our unfolding global reality. In a bid to mix toughness with humour, Emmanuel Macron had quipped that the G7 might become the … G6. That’s absurd, not least because without the United States, capitalism as we know it (let alone the pitiful G7 gatherings) would disappear from the planet’s face.
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Brexit is a red herring when it comes to the plight of UK fishermen | John Lichfield 11 Jun 9:51am Brexit is a red herring when it comes to the plight of UK fishermen | John Lichfield
Small fishing companies are harmed not by the EU, but by government rules that allow big interests to corner the quotasPericles, Prince of Tyre, Act 2, scene 1: Third Fisherman: Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the sea.
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Trump, Merkel, Macron: the G7 photos worth a thousand words 11 Jun 9:48am Trump, Merkel, Macron: the G7 photos worth a thousand words
A photo released by Angela Merkel caused a social media sensation. But did the summit look as grim to the other leaders? They say a picture is worth a thousand words – which, obviously, as a writer, I am going to disagree with. No butcher is going to extol the virtues of a veggie burger, after all. But some photographs are pretty special.
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What Trump and Kim can learn from High School Musical | Lucinda Everett 11 Jun 8:26am What Trump and Kim can learn from High School Musical | Lucinda Everett
From the Big Flounce to how to deploy cheerleaders: the movie franchise is full of useful strategiesThe
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The Guardian view on the US-North Korea summit: realism should trump hope | Editorial 11 Jun 8:24am The Guardian view on the US-North Korea summit: realism should trump hope | Editorial
It is a mistake to see the Singapore meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un as a negotiation. This is a show, put together by two leaders who have very different aims for the talksRoll up, roll up. There’s
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Trump’s vulgarity could be the one diplomacy Kim Jong-un understands | Simon Jenkins 11 Jun 6:57am Trump’s vulgarity could be the one diplomacy Kim Jong-un understands | Simon Jenkins
With North Korea backed into a corner, Trump must pander to Kim’s vanity. The meeting could redefine international relationsA battered phoenix is struggling to rise from the
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My trans child needs to be himself – I understand that now | Molly Mulready 11 Jun 5:30am My trans child needs to be himself – I understand that now | Molly Mulready
When my son told me he was a boy, I worried he wasn’t sure. Then a community opened my eyes to the support he deserves
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Millicent Garrett Fawcett - The Guardian view: she deserves her place in Parliament Square 11 Jun 2:16am Millicent Garrett Fawcett - The Guardian view: she deserves her place in Parliament Square
Public sculpture can be terrible art, bitterly contested, or just irrelevant. But it’s still important that the faces of women are commemorated on our streets It was a joyous occasion in London’s Parliament Square on Tuesday when Gillian Wearing’s sculpture of Millicent Garrett Fawcett
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