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Interstate Sales-Tax Compliance Is Killing My Business 8 Aug 6:40pm Interstate Sales-Tax Compliance Is Killing My Business
The Supreme Court has spoken. Now Congress should step in to impose uniform nationwide rules.
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The Right-to-Work Rout 8 Aug 6:38pm The Right-to-Work Rout
Unions spend big to repeal a worker freedom law in Missouri.
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8 Aug 5:32pm Worse than Facebook and Twitter?
Making a Washington bureaucracy the regulator of the Internet is not the answer.
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The Guardian view on the Tories and civil society: a pattern of denial | Editorial 8 Aug 5:30pm The Guardian view on the Tories and civil society: a pattern of denial | Editorial
At local level Conservatives can see the harm wrought by austerity, but that insight has not reached the party’s upper echelonsConservatives often seem unsure whether to present budget cuts as painful but necessary or painless and desirable. Tory ideologues see state spending as inimical to enterprise and corrosive of personal freedom, but pragmatists recognise that public service users do not feel austerity as a kind of liberation. To reconcile the two positions, David Cameron invented the “big society” – the idea that voluntary work could fill gaps in government provision of services. But piecemeal good work done under the “big society” banner could never soften blows from the chancellor’s axe.
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Trump’s sanctions against Iran are a clear breach of international law | Gholamali Khoshroo 8 Aug 1:27pm Trump’s sanctions against Iran are a clear breach of international law | Gholamali Khoshroo
The community of nations has a duty to stand up to lawlessness and contempt for agreed norms, says Tehran’s ambassador to the UN For the first time in the history of the UN, the United States – a permanent member of the security council with veto power – is engaging in penalising nations across the entire world; not for violating a security council resolution, rather, for abiding by it. The resolution in question,
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The Guardian view on Saudi Arabia: time to back Canada | Editorial 8 Aug 1:16pm The Guardian view on Saudi Arabia: time to back Canada | Editorial
Riyadh’s thin-skinned response to Ottawa’s justified criticism is intended as a warning to others. Europe should take heedIt is famously hard to pick a fight with Canadians, but Saudi Arabia’s forceful crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is not a man to be held back by what others think. That trait has led to both reforms (
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The Guardian view on Shahidul Alam: Bangladesh should let him go | Editorial 8 Aug 1:16pm The Guardian view on Shahidul Alam: Bangladesh should let him go | Editorial
The acclaimed photographer and activist is one of many targeted under a draconian law. He should be freed, and the legislation changedThe work of renowned photographer and social activist Shahidul Alam has appeared in publications worldwide, including the Guardian. Now attention is on the 63-year-old himself. Police in Bangladesh
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What Muslim women ought not to wear isn’t a matter for Boris Johnson | Letters 8 Aug 1:08pm What Muslim women ought not to wear isn’t a matter for Boris Johnson | Letters
Readers respond to the former foreign secretary’s comparison of Muslim women in burqas to ‘letterboxes’ and ‘bank robbers’I’m appalled by Boris Johnson’s comments on the niqab being compared to a “letterbox” (
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Damaging rigidity of universal credit | Letters 8 Aug 1:07pm Damaging rigidity of universal credit | Letters
The ‘whole month approach’ to changes of circumstances will create problems for universal credit recipients, says
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Psychotherapy and issues of sexuality | Letter 8 Aug 1:07pm Psychotherapy and issues of sexuality | Letter
We need to make it clear that if you come to psychotherapy wishing to explore issues of sex and sexuality you will still be able to do so, writes
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Electric cars go like clockwork for me | Brief letters 8 Aug 1:06pm Electric cars go like clockwork for me | Brief letters
Nissan Leaf journey | Wind-up VW Beetle | Carlisle’s appeal to students | Dogs’ names | Letters threads combinedI missed the article about driving the Tesla (
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Austerity kills: this week’s figures show its devastating toll | Owen Jones 8 Aug 12:52pm Austerity kills: this week’s figures show its devastating toll | Owen Jones
That life expectancy in Britain has slowed to a standstill is down to one thing only: the Tories’ ideologically driven policies“
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Being middle aged is like taking a warm bath – if you remember not to care | Zoe Williams 8 Aug 11:44am Being middle aged is like taking a warm bath – if you remember not to care | Zoe Williams
I turned 45 this week, but I have no intention of ‘acting my age’. In this respect, my latest birthday was just like all the others The middle aged have pulled off an almighty swizz on the world: 40 is no longer old and only a really old person would remark upon your advancing age, while 50 is a fait accompli; of course you are middle aged and if anyone wanted to mention it they should have done so years ago. It is a fabulous act of cunning, as if a 16-year-old told you that it was the most suburban thing that they weren’t allowed to vote, then turned round at 21 and said: “What did you let me vote for? You can see that I’m still basically a child.” Except a young person would never do that, because they have more honour. There is a hard ball of truth among this candy floss of spin, which is the age of 45. You’re not 40. It’s not the new 35. You are not some symmetrical, nothing number – 42, 44 – to which no meaning can be attached. You are not mourning your youth, which is years behind you, but you are no longer in that enjoyable limbo where there is no name for what you are. You are more than a bit middle aged: you are its dictionary definition.
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May must learn from Labour mistakes and stamp out Tory Islamophobia | Jonathan Freedland 8 Aug 7:33am May must learn from Labour mistakes and stamp out Tory Islamophobia | Jonathan Freedland
Boris Johnson’s burqa remarks were not a one-off. The Conservatives need to show zero tolerance to such damaging derisionNow we know that Boris Johnson’s defining ideology –
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Boris Johnson’s contempt for Muslim women is part of a dangerous pattern | Sayeeda Warsi 8 Aug 5:25am Boris Johnson’s contempt for Muslim women is part of a dangerous pattern | Sayeeda Warsi
Ridiculing people doesn’t make them more likely to integrate. The Conservative party is alienating a whole section of society
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Thanks be to Heathers – a film that helped make me who I am | Hanna Flint 8 Aug 4:13am Thanks be to Heathers – a film that helped make me who I am | Hanna Flint
Thirty years ago, Winona Ryder’s character Veronica Sawyer taught me the liberating lesson that you don’t have to conformHeathers celebrates its 30th anniversary this year – and is getting a rerelease to celebrate the fact. No other high school movie has affected me in quite the same way, nor offered a teenage female character like
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Air pollution is a lethal blight that shames our politicians | John Vidal 8 Aug 1:00am Air pollution is a lethal blight that shames our politicians | John Vidal
New studies linking heart disease to supposedly ‘safe’ levels of pollution lay bare the human cost of using fossil fuels Three years ago I had a heart operation that will have cost the NHS tens of thousands of pounds, and which made me rethink how we lived and how I had got into this mess. I had always kept pretty fit, I thought: I ate well, loved exercise and had long stopped smoking. I thought I was active and healthy. So what else was there that could have contributed to my heart disease, Britain’s costliest and most prevalent killer, and the
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Sanctions on Iran are morally wrong – and they won’t work | Afua Hirsch 8 Aug 1:00am Sanctions on Iran are morally wrong – and they won’t work | Afua Hirsch
There is no justification for the US action. All sanctions will do is cause suffering for innocent people More than a decade ago, when the dust had settled on their disastrous implementation in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, sanctions began to be described as the new emergency response to international incidents. They had become a kind of knee-jerk reaction. Sanctions were
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Sweden’s far right may loom large, but I’m confident it won’t govern | Peter Wolodarski 8 Aug 1:00am Sweden’s far right may loom large, but I’m confident it won’t govern | Peter Wolodarski
Björn Söder’s comments on Jewish and Sami people reveal his party’s disturbing instinct to rank people by origins Sweden’s general election is just a month away, and the deputy speaker of the Swedish parliament has this summer repeated his claim that Jewish and
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Andrzej Krauze on the European heatwave – cartoon 8 Aug 1:00am Andrzej Krauze on the European heatwave – cartoon
Temperatures have soared across much of Europe, with wildfires breaking out in Portugal. However, the European record of 48C (Athens, 1977) was not broken
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My Amsterdam is being un-created by mass tourism | Joost de Vries 8 Aug 1:00am My Amsterdam is being un-created by mass tourism | Joost de Vries
As the stag parties flood in, the Dutch flood out. Tourism’s changed not just the way we feel about our cities, but Europe The word on everyone’s lips is “Venice”. It starts as a whisper, some time in early spring, when the lines in front of the
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