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The Taxi Empire Strikes Back 9 Jul 11:01pm The Taxi Empire Strikes Back
The latest effort to restore New York City’s cab monopoly.
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A Champion of Constitutional Safeguards 9 Jul 10:35pm A Champion of Constitutional Safeguards
Brett Kavanaugh has a fine record as a judge. Senate Democrats will give him their worst anyway.
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Mitch McConnell Is the Master of Confirming Judges 9 Jul 9:17pm Mitch McConnell Is the Master of Confirming Judges
He outmaneuvered Chuck Schumer last year, making the path clearer for this year’s high court nominee.
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How Trump Plans to Change the World 9 Jul 7:05pm How Trump Plans to Change the World
He rejects the postwar order on the ground that it puts the U.S. at a disadvantage.
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Moment of Truth for Brexit 9 Jul 7:02pm Moment of Truth for Brexit
The Tories have to decide if they’ll accept May’s ‘soft’ EU exit.
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The Elites Feed Anti-Immigrant Bias 9 Jul 6:55pm The Elites Feed Anti-Immigrant Bias
As proud citizens of the world, they show little solidarity with working-class countrymen.
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The Economy Is Growing Faster Than the Government Says 9 Jul 6:54pm The Economy Is Growing Faster Than the Government Says
The official top-line figure for the first quarter is 2%. A more accurate measure puts the rate at 2.8%.
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The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s resignation: good riddance to a national embarrassment | Editorial 9 Jul 3:28pm The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s resignation: good riddance to a national embarrassment | Editorial
Theresa May tried to hold her party together over Brexit. Two senior resignations mean she now has to win the battle against the leaver fanaticsTheresa May has been prime minister for just two years. Until Monday she had managed, often at sapping cost, to hold the Conservatives together behind a Brexit strategy that combined unsustainable contradictions, studied vagueness and some abruptly dangerous red lines. Last week at Chequers, Mrs May
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The Guardian view on climate change: a global heatwave | Editorial 9 Jul 3:27pm The Guardian view on climate change: a global heatwave | Editorial
The weather in Britain is only a small part of a global pattern and as the Arctic warms, it will make extreme events into the new, and dangerous, normalThe British are parochial about weather. It is our cherished grievance, not to be shared with foreigners. Perhaps it is the fact that our weather tends to come from the west, across the Atlantic, and not from our neighbours in Europe (unless it’s a “beast from the east”) which reinforces the belief that our weather is a uniquely British problem. But though we cannot say definitively that the current heatwave is caused by carbon emissions, it fits the pattern of long-term changes that we call climate. It is part of a global phenomenon, even if not the most important part. The really significant change is happening
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Yet again, Boris Johnson has exposed himself as a self-serving charlatan | Ian Birrell 9 Jul 2:37pm Yet again, Boris Johnson has exposed himself as a self-serving charlatan | Ian Birrell
The foreign secretary’s resignation shows he is lacking in any principles in his determination to get the top jobThe resignation of
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Never mind cabinet power struggles – the Brexiteers’ vision is chilling | Polly Toynbee 9 Jul 2:26pm Never mind cabinet power struggles – the Brexiteers’ vision is chilling | Polly Toynbee
They know May’s plan won’t survive a first brush with the EU. The endgame is to crash out, and a neo-Thatcherite revolutionT he great decades-long ideological rift in the Tory party is
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Trump’s visit and the souring of a special relationship | Letters 9 Jul 12:58pm Trump’s visit and the souring of a special relationship | Letters
The forthcoming Nato summit and visit of President Trump highlight the UK’s misguided security policy, warns
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Brexit developments – or not | Letters 9 Jul 12:57pm Brexit developments – or not | Letters
Readers respond to the government’s latest Brexit announcement and resignationsYour editorial (
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From trains to buses, we need to rethink UK transport | Letters 9 Jul 12:57pm From trains to buses, we need to rethink UK transport | Letters
Guardian readers respond to recent stories about local bus services and railwaysRenationalisation of the railways is a rightly popular Labour policy. But as Owen Jones points out (
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We need a fairer deal for outsourced staff | Letters 9 Jul 12:55pm We need a fairer deal for outsourced staff | Letters
Representatives of the outsourcing industry call for a new focus on fairness for staff in the awarding of government contractsThe outsourcing industry employs one in 10 of all UK workers, and accounts for around 7% of GDP. As such, it is understandably an area of significant public interest. However, in the wake of the collapse of Carillion, it is clear that a government procurement process focused solely on price cannot continue if the sector is to thrive (
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German girls choose to wear the trousers | Letters 9 Jul 12:55pm German girls choose to wear the trousers | Letters
School uniforms are redundant, says
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Kier Starmer is now Labour’s Gareth Southgate | Brief letters 9 Jul 12:54pm Kier Starmer is now Labour’s Gareth Southgate | Brief letters
Labour leadership | Period shaming | Gareth ‘Alfie’ Thomas | Morris cars I now see Keir Starmer as the Gareth Southgate equivalent (sensible, balanced, adult) as Labour leader and PM in due course. I wonder what odds the bookies would offer?
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Royal box dramas and raw magnetism: reasons to stick with Wimbledon 9 Jul 11:47am Royal box dramas and raw magnetism: reasons to stick with Wimbledon
The World Cup is hogging the limelight, and Kyle Edmund is out, but the tennis tournament still has plenty to offer The national psyche, brutal as a tide but nothing like as regular, has turned against Wimbledon. It went straight from sporting treasure, about which the only thing you would remark – apart from the tennis and whatnot – was how much strawberries cost and how long people had spent queueing for Centre Court tickets, to the thing that nobody talks about, except to wonder who could possibly watch it when there is football on. Elegantly paced and riddled with etiquette, Wimbledon generates very little jingoistic fervour even before the Brits crash out. But there are good reasons still to follow it.
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David Davis as caretaker prime minister? Don’t rule it out | Katy Balls 9 Jul 11:36am David Davis as caretaker prime minister? Don’t rule it out | Katy Balls
The legacy of the former Brexit secretary isn’t a glorious one, but we may see him back again – in an even more powerful roleFor all the chaos David Davis’s
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Power, not Brexit, is behind Boris Johnson’s decision to quit | Martin Kettle 9 Jul 11:09am Power, not Brexit, is behind Boris Johnson’s decision to quit | Martin Kettle
The foreign secretary’s self-regard is incontinent, but Theresa May has the support of a clear majority of her party
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I’m an ardent Brexiteer, but May’s plan is the ideal compromise | Michael Fabricant 9 Jul 9:48am I’m an ardent Brexiteer, but May’s plan is the ideal compromise | Michael Fabricant
We may not have everything we wanted, but the Chequers proposal makes sense if we are to have a continuing relationship with EuropeSo, have we Brexiteers got everything we wanted in the Chequers deal? In short, no. Not if Brexiteers expected the cleanest of breaks from Europe. But it probably was never going to be that way if we wanted to continue to trade seamlessly with the EU.
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I’ve had breast cancer. But I know some screening can do more harm than good | Fay Schopen 9 Jul 8:52am I’ve had breast cancer. But I know some screening can do more harm than good | Fay Schopen
Although there are benefits to genetic screening, it could take a great psychological toll on women who carry mutations Approximately
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The church brutalised Ireland. People have a right to protest the pope’s visit | Emer O’Toole 9 Jul 7:42am The church brutalised Ireland. People have a right to protest the pope’s visit | Emer O’Toole
Ireland’s political leaders are calling protests against Pope Francis’s visit ‘petty’. Have they forgotten the decades of abuse?In 1979, Pope John Paul II visited the Republic of Ireland, and
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End this national farce – Labour must oppose Brexit | Andrew Adonis 9 Jul 7:04am End this national farce – Labour must oppose Brexit | Andrew Adonis
I agree with Jacob-Rees Mogg. The proposed version of Brexit is unworkable and opposed on all sides
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I rely on plastic straws and baby wipes. I’m disabled – I have no choice | Penny Pepper 9 Jul 6:52am I rely on plastic straws and baby wipes. I’m disabled – I have no choice | Penny Pepper
I know the environmental damage they cause, but I don’t have the luxury of a plastic-free life I remember the dawning of my green consciousness: the sudden, painful realisation that products were tested on animals. This was in the early 1970s. I was about 10 years old. A teacher told me that baby powder was put into the eyes of cats and dogs to make sure it was safe. She also said that the plastic container would pollute the Earth. A few years later, as punk sensibility captured my naturally rebellious heart, I immersed myself in the ecological fight. I joined Greenpeace. I wrote letters – even to the pope on his visit to Britain – arguing against the clubbing of baby seals in Canada. This passion has never left me.
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The Catholic church has brutalised Ireland. But still we welcome the pope | Emer O’Toole 9 Jul 6:30am The Catholic church has brutalised Ireland. But still we welcome the pope | Emer O’Toole
Ireland’s political leaders are calling protests against Pope Francis’s visit ‘petty’. Have they forgotten the decades of abuse? In 1979, Pope John Paul II visited the Republic of Ireland, and
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David Davis has thrown a spanner into May’s Brexit plans | Simon Jenkins 9 Jul 5:13am David Davis has thrown a spanner into May’s Brexit plans | Simon Jenkins
Common sense says the UK needs workable trade arrangements with the EU – but the PM still faces a battleNo sooner does Theresa May win her cabinet critics over to her
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I’m ageing disgracefully. Let’s hope I’m even more of a laughing stock | Adam Riches 9 Jul 4:00am I’m ageing disgracefully. Let’s hope I’m even more of a laughing stock | Adam Riches
Like a speedy striker turned holding midfielder, I have been forced to adapt my stand-up comedy game by Father TimeTime is the enemy of us all. One moment you’re the
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Trump’s UK visit shames Theresa May. The protests must be huge | Matthew d’Ancona 9 Jul 1:00am Trump’s UK visit shames Theresa May. The protests must be huge | Matthew d’Ancona
The president’s cruelty in separating immigrant children from their families should not be forgotten when he arrivesThis is the week of Angélica González-García and her daughter. You will probably not have heard of them, and your mind may be on other things right now – the World Cup, avoiding heatstroke, Wimbledon, Brexit. But do search for them online, and watch González-García, a 31-year-old Guatemalan refugee from domestic violence, being
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Liberal Europe isn’t dead yet. But its defenders face a long, hard struggle | Timothy Garton Ash 9 Jul 1:00am Liberal Europe isn’t dead yet. But its defenders face a long, hard struggle | Timothy Garton Ash
Populism is gripping the heart of Europe. Those fighting it must reclaim the idea of the nation from the nationalistsOne of the most memorable book titles in the English language is
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