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State AGs for Rent 6 Nov 7:12pm State AGs for Rent
Privately funded litigators wield state police power.
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Trump Has Become a Republican 6 Nov 7:09pm Trump Has Become a Republican
Two years of intense policy battles have pushed him into a close embrace with the party ‘establishment.’
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After the Midterms, Party Strategies Are Set 6 Nov 6:56pm After the Midterms, Party Strategies Are Set
Democrats should now know whether to take a hard line or appeal to the center in 2020.
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The Left Is Lukewarm on Elizabeth Warren 6 Nov 6:56pm The Left Is Lukewarm on Elizabeth Warren
Her self-description as ‘capitalist to my bones’ doesn’t warm progressive hearts.
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Conservatism and Populism Go Back Centuries 6 Nov 6:54pm Conservatism and Populism Go Back Centuries
Since Burke took on the French Revolution, they’ve been united in distrust of liberalism’s elites.
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Steve Bell on the armistice centenary – cartoon 6 Nov 3:27pm Steve Bell on the armistice centenary – cartoon
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What’s the point of the Liberal Democrats? | Martha Gill 6 Nov 2:20pm What’s the point of the Liberal Democrats? | Martha Gill
Britain’s political centre, plus 16 million remain voters, are there for the taking – but the party has to up its gameThe Liberal Democrat party: a dead parrot or a phoenix? Political roadkill or cockroach surviving a nuclear winter? Lib Dems themselves don’t quite know. Ask a local campaigner, and the answer will be rather optimistic. The party has done well in
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For millions of Europeans, the war did not end in 1918 | Natalie Nougayrède 6 Nov 2:00pm For millions of Europeans, the war did not end in 1918 | Natalie Nougayrède
Our narrative of the armistice is not the only one. In the east conflict continued, fuelled by the crumbling of empiresEmmanuel Macron is on a six-day
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Linking a lie-in to breast cancer misreads the science | Georgina Hill 6 Nov 1:51pm Linking a lie-in to breast cancer misreads the science | Georgina Hill
The effect that sleeping patterns have on cancer is more complex than the simplistic headlines suggestMany of us will have seen the headlines claiming women who are early risers have a lower risk of breast cancer. Some of the coverage even suggests women should adjust their sleeping patterns. But it’s far too soon to make these claims. There is no doubt that sleep can have an impact on our physical health. But its effect on cancer risk is more complex.
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The Guardian view on Iran sanctions: not upholding the rules, but overturning them | Editorial 6 Nov 1:42pm The Guardian view on Iran sanctions: not upholding the rules, but overturning them | Editorial
Current US policy has the clear goal of regime change. Europe must stand firmThe
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| Editorial 6 Nov 1:41pm | Editorial
Thousands of children are disappearing from school rolls in the crucial year before GCSEs. Ofsted must find out whyThe cracks in the English and Welsh school system are growing. So is the evidence that children are falling through them.
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The democratic deficits that lie at the heart of Brexit | Letters 6 Nov 1:24pm The democratic deficits that lie at the heart of Brexit | Letters
The young are excluded from the Brexit debate, says
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Social prescribing’s new chapter | Letters 6 Nov 1:23pm Social prescribing’s new chapter | Letters
Giving away books on the NHS can help patients with mental illnesses, says
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Families can have say on organ donation | Letters 6 Nov 1:23pm Families can have say on organ donation | Letters
Ensuring that relatives’ wishes are central to the process is a crucial part of maintaining trust in the transplant system, says
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The worrying rise of the far right across Europe and America | Letters 6 Nov 1:23pm The worrying rise of the far right across Europe and America | Letters
Europe must restructure if it is to defeat nationalism, says
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Music isn’t wallpaper – it’s a civilising force | Letters 6 Nov 1:22pm Music isn’t wallpaper – it’s a civilising force | Letters
I’m horrified by the rise of commercialised background music, writes
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Everyone hates ‘we’ headlines. Here’s why | Brief letters 6 Nov 1:22pm Everyone hates ‘we’ headlines. Here’s why | Brief letters
‘We’ in headlines | Boredom | Christmas cake rules | Trophy hunters | Sleep and LED screensIs it possible for you to stop using “we” and “us” in a lazy manner? On 5 November there were articles headlined “
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Why Trump’s pathologies make this election unlike any other 6 Nov 11:16am Why Trump’s pathologies make this election unlike any other
Lying, demonization and bigotry – are being actively, openly and relentlessly encouraged by a political leader
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Britain’s arrogant attempts to hoodwink the EU have sacrificed all trust | Jonathan Lis 6 Nov 9:41am Britain’s arrogant attempts to hoodwink the EU have sacrificed all trust | Jonathan Lis
The government has compounded tactical errors with pointless offence, losing friends over its duplicity on the Irish backstop Countries, like people, find bad habits hard to break. A smoker may resolve to quit but reach for a new cigarette. A lone drinker may start with orange juice and slowly add vodka. And a departing member of the EU may declare it is seeking a special new partnership with its strongest allies then spend two years trying to divide, deceive and shaft them. When Ireland’s foreign minister, Simon Coveney, tweeted on Sunday that Britain’s calls for a time-limited or unilaterally breakable backstop “
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Brexit relies on the will of the people. What if we don’t know what that is? | Gaby Hinsliff 6 Nov 7:38am Brexit relies on the will of the people. What if we don’t know what that is? | Gaby Hinsliff
A Channel 4 poll shows voters now favour remain. Whether or not that’s true, politicians have little idea what the public wantRepeat after me: don’t get your hopes up. Not just about the prospects of Donald Trump getting hammered in the US midterms, difficult as that is to resist, but about the accuracy of polls that just happen to coincide with your heart’s wildest desire. The smart response to
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I wear a white poppy. It deserves as much respect as a red one | Michelle Harris 6 Nov 7:00am I wear a white poppy. It deserves as much respect as a red one | Michelle Harris
Criticising peace campaigners for wearing this poppy is wrong. It represents a generational shift in attitudes towards warWhy does the anti-war poppy, symbolising peace for all, provoke heated debate in the run-up to Remembrance Day? Among the nationalists and patriotic pin-ups, this upset is most pronounced. Labour MP Simon Danczuk criticised Jeremy Corbyn for
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Restaurants fail for many reasons – don’t try to pin this on millennials | Ed Cumming 6 Nov 6:14am Restaurants fail for many reasons – don’t try to pin this on millennials | Ed Cumming
The problems facing Jamie’s, Byron and GBK include dining apps, diminished quality and oversupply – not ‘fickle diners’Why are so many of Britain’s high-street restaurants closing? According to the Insolvency Service, the number of restaurant closures is up by a third this year. Some
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Is this ‘black’ theatre director actually using white privilege? | Georgina Lawton 6 Nov 5:21am Is this ‘black’ theatre director actually using white privilege? | Georgina Lawton
I am mixed race but was brought up by white parents. I fear that by identifying as black, Anthony Lennon is elevating whitenessWhat does it mean to be black? The debate around racial identity has been reignited after Anthony Lennon, a white British theatre director,
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Being a Big Brother contestant was life-changing. But so was watching it | Jon Tickle 6 Nov 5:00am Being a Big Brother contestant was life-changing. But so was watching it | Jon Tickle
In exposing audiences to people who didn’t look, sound or behave like them, the show had a positive effect on society In the film adaptation of
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It was lonely being a black actor in the 70s. It’s even lonelier now behind the camera | Lenny Henry 6 Nov 3:00am It was lonely being a black actor in the 70s. It’s even lonelier now behind the camera | Lenny Henry
Only tax breaks will persuade the film and TV industry to employ more people from ethnic minority backgrounds In the 1970s in black and Asian households up and down the country, there’s a familiar story that when we saw a non-white person on TV we would call the rest of the family to the sitting room to have a look. The story that is less well known is what it was like to be that one black person on TV. That one person was often me and it was a very lonely experience. Thankfully, 45 years since my career began, a lot has changed. It is now common to see black and Asian people on our TV screens, although progress still needs to be made. However, in many ways I am even lonelier now as a black person working in TV and film than I was back then. That is because I am now more often working behind the scenes, behind the camera as a producer and a writer – and just like those bad old days in the 1970s in front of the camera, I am still all too often the only black person in the room.
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The inability to raise tax has become the British political disease | Polly Toynbee 6 Nov 1:00am The inability to raise tax has become the British political disease | Polly Toynbee
Paying more for public services is the irreducible choice that no politician dare put to the British people Telling truth to power in a democracy is quite easy, though power may not listen. But for those holding power in a democracy, telling truths to the people seems to be virtually impossible. The indisputable facts emerging from
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Britain has never looked so foolish in the world’s eyes | Jan Fleischhauer 6 Nov 1:00am Britain has never looked so foolish in the world’s eyes | Jan Fleischhauer
It’s symptomatic of Britain’s decline when a man such as Boris Johnson is regarded as one of its clearest thinkersI have always admired the British. We owe them afternoon tea,
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The Beatles’ White Album captured the spirit of ’68, but it’s right for 2018 too | John Harris 6 Nov 1:00am The Beatles’ White Album captured the spirit of ’68, but it’s right for 2018 too | John Harris
The Beatles’ epic creation reflected the political darkness and disquiet of the time, which gives it surprising resonance today Two months remain of 2018 – but if you view some of the events of this strange, volatile year from a certain angle, it might just as well be 1968. In the US, social and political divisions suggest a replay of tensions that exploded at the time of the Vietnam war, with a paranoid and unhinged president only heightening the similarities. Two weeks ago, African-American former athlete
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