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The FDA Was Wise to Approve a New Opioid 7 Nov 7:16pm The FDA Was Wise to Approve a New Opioid
The use of Dsuvia is limited, and wounded soldiers need it.
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A Big Night for Democrats, but Not Progressives 7 Nov 7:13pm A Big Night for Democrats, but Not Progressives
Moderates do well in states across the country while leftist candidates lose Georgia, Florida and Ohio.
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A European Digital Retreat 7 Nov 7:02pm A European Digital Retreat
Leaders abandon France’s tax grab on U.S. tech firms and Ireland.
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The Nancy Pelosi Method 7 Nov 7:02pm The Nancy Pelosi Method
She’ll try to lure Trump into bad deals. Hope for two years of gridlock.
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Trump 2.0 Begins 7 Nov 5:05pm Trump 2.0 Begins
The president will have trouble reassembling his 2016 coalition unless he changes.
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Steve Bell on the US midterm election results – cartoon 7 Nov 2:12pm Steve Bell on the US midterm election results – cartoon
a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2018/nov/07/steve-bell-us-midterm-election-results-cartoon">Continue reading...
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7 Nov 1:44pm Trump, Kavanaugh and McCain Drive Election Results
Republicans suffered from health reform failure but an energized base clears the way for more conservative judges.
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Knife crime epidemic should surprise no one | Letters 7 Nov 1:24pm Knife crime epidemic should surprise no one | Letters
Readers respond to articles covering the rise in knife crime that’s claiming the lives of more and more young men and boysThree weeks ago my 16-year-old son and his friend were mugged in Norwood by a gang of seven youths who stole their phones, punched my son and threatened to stab him (
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Higher education reform is our priority | Letter from Robert Halfon MP 7 Nov 1:24pm Higher education reform is our priority | Letter from Robert Halfon MP
The cross-party education select committee firmly believes that if students are going to take on the big burden of a loan, there must surely be a good graduate job at the end of it, writes
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Credit where it’s due to Guardian writers | Letters 7 Nov 1:23pm Credit where it’s due to Guardian writers | Letters
Readers congratulate the Guardian on its multiple nominations for outstanding journalism in 2018Multiple thanks and best wishes to the Guardian nominees for excellence in journalism this past year (British Journalism Awards 2018: Twelve nominations for the Guardian and the Observer, 3 November). They have educated, informed, entertained and on occasions horrified us at events both at home and abroad, provided evidence that evil has occurred in the world, and given ammunition to those who will tackle it. In the world of “fake news” they are a beacon. But can we not find an award for Marina Hyde, whose penetrating and wicked wit has entertained us all year? The humour and corrosive spearing of people and organisations with considerable power has echoes of Hogarth and Gillray, but in prose, and with so much more humour.
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Two women worthy of gracing the new £50 note | Letters 7 Nov 1:23pm Two women worthy of gracing the new £50 note | Letters
Mary Somerville and Caroline Herschel would both be fitting choices, writes
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Questions that can and can’t be asked | Brief letters 7 Nov 1:22pm Questions that can and can’t be asked | Brief letters
State-run schools | Brexit as grassroots rebellion | Utility shirt for hire | Can’t be arsed | Over-use of ‘us’I was sorry to see repeated the canard that councils formerly had a “monopolistic control of state-run schools” (
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The Guardian view on the US midterms: a welcome start | Editorial 7 Nov 1:15pm The Guardian view on the US midterms: a welcome start | Editorial
The Democrats’ advances were essential, and will check Donald Trump’s power as well as boosting their morale. But disappointments show how far there is to goThe Democrats’
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The Guardian view on May’s Brexit endgame: more bluff than breakthrough | Editorial 7 Nov 1:15pm The Guardian view on May’s Brexit endgame: more bluff than breakthrough | Editorial
The prime minister has ducked difficult decisions from the start of the withdrawal process and there is no sign of that changingAlthough the question of whether to leave the European Union was put to voters in 2016, Brexit never stopped requiring choices. The referendum verdict did not settle the strategic decisions about Britain’s future relationship with its continental neighbours, still less provide methods for enacting such decisions. Even now that negotiations are in their final stages, the dilemma of a post-Brexit trajectory – alignment or divergence – is unresolved. Downing Street is signalling that a deal is close.
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Tory cronyism: a seemingly endless source of bigotry | Zoe Williams 7 Nov 12:43pm Tory cronyism: a seemingly endless source of bigotry | Zoe Williams
The appointment of the philosopher Roger Scruton as a housing tsar has highlighted his prejudiced views. Is it something to do with the friends Tories keep?Poor Tories. All they wanted was a housing tsar; someone to brighten the place up a bit, bring beauty back to public spaces. OK, so Roger Scruton
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A year on from my cousin Gaia Pope’s death we still have no answers | Marienna Pope-Weidemann 7 Nov 12:37pm A year on from my cousin Gaia Pope’s death we still have no answers | Marienna Pope-Weidemann
Gaia deserved a chance to see the world, to fall in love. That was taken from her – and I want justice for that Today is the 365th day I’ve woken up with a hole in my chest where my heart used to be. The 11 days my cousin Gaia Pope was missing before her
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‘Gammon’ is a playground insult, not something to be celebrated | Poppy Noor 7 Nov 11:29am ‘Gammon’ is a playground insult, not something to be celebrated | Poppy Noor
An epithet for angry old white men has been named one of the words of 2018. That doesn’t say much for our political discourse
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The animal victims of the first world war are a stain on our conscience | Philip Hoare 7 Nov 8:13am The animal victims of the first world war are a stain on our conscience | Philip Hoare
Sixteen million animals served between 1914-18, with a huge loss of life. Yet their indispensable role is largely ignored They are the truly forgotten dead. Sixteen million animals “served” in the first world war – and the RSPCA estimates that 484,143 horses, mules, camels and bullocks were
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Electric Cars and Media Explained 7 Nov 6:43am Updated Electric Cars and Media Explained
Donald Trump and Elon Musk wrongly cite ‘terrible, terrible people’ in the press.
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Trump lost the House, but he lives to fight – and lie – another day | Jonathan Freedland 7 Nov 5:18am Trump lost the House, but he lives to fight – and lie – another day | Jonathan Freedland
Voters have given Trump a slap in the face – but midterm results are not the total repudiation that many hoped forA useful rule for the Trump era is, listen to what the man says – and then believe the opposite. On that logic
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Tourists can be terrifying – I’d have let them into a Tokyo garden for free too | Imogen Hermes Gowar 7 Nov 3:00am Tourists can be terrifying – I’d have let them into a Tokyo garden for free too | Imogen Hermes Gowar
I sympathise with the Japanese man too scared to charge visitors. I’ve worked in a museum, it’s one great impatient jostleI felt a terrible pang reading about
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America has stepped away from the brink. But there is more work to do | Jill Abramson 7 Nov 1:09am America has stepped away from the brink. But there is more work to do | Jill Abramson
The midterm results made it clear there is trouble ahead for the president. But will Democrats seize this opportunity? It was a good night for the
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David Attenborough has betrayed the living world he loves | George Monbiot 7 Nov 1:00am David Attenborough has betrayed the living world he loves | George Monbiot
By downplaying our environmental crisis, the presenter’s BBC films have generated complacency, confusion and ignorance Knowingly creating a false impression of the world: this is a serious matter. It is more serious still when the BBC does it, and yet worse when the presenter is “
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Italy’s battle with Brussels is about more than money | Maurizio Molinari 7 Nov 1:00am Italy’s battle with Brussels is about more than money | Maurizio Molinari
The unlikely coalition running Italy has one thing that unites it – hostility to the EU Italy’s most recent
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Shakespeare can help British Muslims feel less excluded | Remona Aly 7 Nov 1:00am Shakespeare can help British Muslims feel less excluded | Remona Aly
A new interpretation of Othello opens up portrayals of Islam that are absent from TV shows like Bodyguard An Islamic prayer mat and a secret Muslim tragic-hero uttering “Ya Akbar” aren’t typically associated with Shakespeare, but Othello has been given a dramatic twist in a new touring production that illustrates the complexities of identity in modern Britain. A co-production involving English Touring Theatre, Oxford Playhouse and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory,
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A Democratic House 7 Nov 12:22am A Democratic House
It wasn’t a blue wave but GOP losses will stymie the Trump Presidency.
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