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Press Is the Enemy of Climate 4 Dec 6:42pm Press Is the Enemy of Climate
It’s easier to tell a story of good vs. evil than to understand the science.
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Will the Senate Surrender on Criminal Justice? 4 Dec 6:32pm Will the Senate Surrender on Criminal Justice?
Republicans like the reform bill less each time they see it. They should hold off on a vote this year.
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Unsavory Allies, From Stalin to the Saudis 4 Dec 6:32pm Unsavory Allies, From Stalin to the Saudis
FDR cooperated with one of history’s most murderous dictators.
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Reading the Tea Leaves on Trade With China 4 Dec 6:29pm Reading the Tea Leaves on Trade With China
Talks will take place behind closed doors. Here’s what to watch to gauge their progress.
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Emmanuel Macron’s crisis in France is a danger to all of Europe | Natalie Nougayrède 4 Dec 2:00pm Emmanuel Macron’s crisis in France is a danger to all of Europe | Natalie Nougayrède
Extreme forces are rejoicing over the president’s predicament. Their ultimate goal is a political takeover of the continentFor Europe’s sake, Emmanuel Macron needs help – not our scorn or hatred. A young, reformist French president who
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Steve Bell on the new Brexit timetable – cartoon 4 Dec 1:51pm Steve Bell on the new Brexit timetable – cartoon
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The government’s defeat on contempt was humiliating – but avoidable | Simon Jenkins 4 Dec 1:28pm The government’s defeat on contempt was humiliating – but avoidable | Simon Jenkins
The Commons’ Brexit vote result shows a major weakness in the Conservative party’s loyalty departmentNow it’s the lawyers’ turn. Like picadors, they are entering the ring to soften up Theresa May’s deal, before parliament’s serious matadors get to work. They are poking and stabbing and drawing blood. The Commons has ordered the attorney general’s
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The Guardian view on Brexit: the beginning of the end | Editorial 4 Dec 1:13pm The Guardian view on Brexit: the beginning of the end | Editorial
Theresa May’s plan to leave the European Union is off to a disastrous start. How will it finish up?Brexit is often sold by its most committed supporters on the right as a constitutional version of the economic doctrine of Thatcherism, a
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The Guardian view on editing human DNA: a bad idea, and badly executed | Editorial 4 Dec 1:13pm The Guardian view on editing human DNA: a bad idea, and badly executed | Editorial
A Chinese scientist has produced twins using the powerful gene-editing technology. This is pointless, dangerous and unethicalThe
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Michelle Obama’s show was remarkable – her wisdom is a beacon | Afua Hirsch 4 Dec 1:02pm Michelle Obama’s show was remarkable – her wisdom is a beacon | Afua Hirsch
There are few opportunities to hear a black woman in a position of unparalleled visibility. It was unforgettableMichelle Obama has, she says, learned to grasp the art of reinvention. And watching her
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Potty-training shaming – why blaming the parents is a political act | Zoe Williams 4 Dec 12:02pm Potty-training shaming – why blaming the parents is a political act | Zoe Williams
Demonising parents for not getting kids out of nappies is part of a wider class agenda at the heart of the austerity programmePotty training is a parent’s job, according to
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UK housing crisis hurts the young and the poor | Letters 4 Dec 11:59am UK housing crisis hurts the young and the poor | Letters
Guardian readers air their views on high property prices, a lack of affordable housing, and rogue landlordsGaby Hinsliff’s forebodings (
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George Bush’s legacy isn’t so peaceful | Letters 4 Dec 11:59am George Bush’s legacy isn’t so peaceful | Letters
We mustn’t forget Bush Sr’s horrific conduct as director of the CIA, write
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Shared leave policy is a confused mess | Letter 4 Dec 11:58am Shared leave policy is a confused mess | Letter
The system is in urgent need of reform, writes
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Gene-edited girls as a Monolith moment | Letter 4 Dec 11:58am Gene-edited girls as a Monolith moment | Letter
The controversial gene-editing breakthrough claimed by Dr He Jiankui may be a pivotal moment in human development, says
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Televising the Commons led to unruly kids | Brief letters 4 Dec 11:57am Televising the Commons led to unruly kids | Brief letters
Care home praise | House of Commons | Brexit | Women’s page | Boris’s water cannonWhile it is important to investigate the poor care in some care homes, please do not forget all the excellent care homes run by charities and trusts. Regarding malnourishment (
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Letter: Roy Bailey obituary 4 Dec 11:09am Updated Letter: Roy Bailey obituary
In his excellent account, Geoff Tesson mentions that when
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Labour will restore legal aid so all citizens have access to justice – not just the rich | Richard Burgon 4 Dec 10:14am Labour will restore legal aid so all citizens have access to justice – not just the rich | Richard Burgon
Justice is the forgotten pillar of the welfare state – legal aid cuts have left people unable to defend their most basic rightsThere is a quip that says our justice system is open to all – just like the Ritz hotel is. Quite rightly, we are proud that access to healthcare in this country doesn’t depend on the state of your bank balance. The same should be the case when it comes to access to justice. But all too often, especially following the Conservatives’ deep cuts to legal aid, it isn’t. Those legal aid cuts are an attack on our citizens’ hard-won rights. When people can’t afford to defend their basic rights, then those rights are worth nothing more than the paper they are written on. Cuts have left vulnerable people without the legal support they need when faced with a rogue landlord, a difficult family breakup, or Theresa May’s “hostile environment”. But of all the cuts to legal aid, the slashing of advice for ill and disabled people unfairly denied their benefits is one of the cruellest. It creates the shameful situation where people are first denied the financial support to which they are legally entitled and then must struggle through a complex appeal without legal advice, causing further stress and anxiety.
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Ada Hegerberg stepped forward for women’s football, but sexism kicked her back | Suzanne Wrack 4 Dec 9:12am Ada Hegerberg stepped forward for women’s football, but sexism kicked her back | Suzanne Wrack
Martin Solveig’s twerking comments to the Ballon d’Or winner aren’t unusual for women in sport, but are hugely disappointingIt should have been about moving forward, a historic moment: the first women’s Ballon d’Or should have been a celebration. Because what a player to celebrate.
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We need a competent transport secretary. We’ve got Chris Grayling | Gaby Hinsliff 4 Dec 7:53am We need a competent transport secretary. We’ve got Chris Grayling | Gaby Hinsliff
He has presided over chaos on the UK’s railways, but the man with the reverse Midas touch steams merrily onWill nothing derail Chris Grayling? The transport secretary has long presided over a shambles of a public service and now
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Surrogacy isn’t about money. But the law must change to benefit women | Natalie Gamble 4 Dec 7:30am Surrogacy isn’t about money. But the law must change to benefit women | Natalie Gamble
UK law limits payments and provides little structure for surrogacy. Only proper regulation will protect surrogatesOne of the UK’s most senior family judges, James Munby, has called for the UK to
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Don’t blame an increase in drug scares among older people on the 1960s | Tom Chivers 4 Dec 7:07am Don’t blame an increase in drug scares among older people on the 1960s | Tom Chivers
More over-45s are arriving at hospital with drug-related mental health issues, but there’s a myriad of reasons why If you can remember the 60s, you weren’t really there, and all that. The baby boomer generation – that of
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Britain can legally cancel Brexit. That’s EU advice – but will parliament agree? | Jolyon Maugham 4 Dec 5:16am Britain can legally cancel Brexit. That’s EU advice – but will parliament agree? | Jolyon Maugham
A senior adviser to the EU court of justice has said the UK can revoke article 50. The path to remain is hard – but now clearerWe can cancel Brexit. That’s what the advocate general to the court of justice of the EU, Europe’s highest court,
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Keeping the Brexit legal advice secret is in no one’s best interests | Geoffrey Robertson 4 Dec 5:00am Keeping the Brexit legal advice secret is in no one’s best interests | Geoffrey Robertson
The government is denying democracy by using public interest as a reason not to publish. Sunlight is the best disinfectantThere is no political “convention” more misguided and less examined than the supposed rule that legal advice to ministers must remain confidential. This is the basis for the government’s refusal to
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Why the Russian embassy to the UK should be on Boris Nemtsov Way | Vladimir Kara-Murza 4 Dec 3:00am Why the Russian embassy to the UK should be on Boris Nemtsov Way | Vladimir Kara-Murza
London should follow the lead of Washington, Vilnius and Kiev and remember the patriot Vladimir Putin prefers to forget
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Who is behind the push for a post-Brexit free trade deal with the US? | Felicity Lawrence 4 Dec 1:00am Who is behind the push for a post-Brexit free trade deal with the US? | Felicity Lawrence
What we didn’t vote for in the EU referendum was a clutch of rightwing thinktanks seeking to capture our democracy What is it that hard Brexiters and Donald Trump want so much in a free trade agreement between Britain and the US that they are adamant only a complete break with the EU could achieve it, while
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Britain’s skills failure shows the hollowness of May’s immigration pledge | Polly Toynbee 4 Dec 1:00am Britain’s skills failure shows the hollowness of May’s immigration pledge | Polly Toynbee
A prime minister with a real plan for Brexit would have poured resources into training, answering the cry of the left behind Could any good come from Brexit? Remainers in despair search in vain in these dark days for any shred of hope. What possible gain can come from this morass of fantasy and rightwing myth-making? But if controlling our borders swung most Brexit voters, could there be one upside to that instinctive xenophobic reflex? Theresa May has always been adamantine in her insistence on cutting net immigration to less than 100,000, defying business and the cabinet. She has been willing to lose essential skilled workers and turn away valuable students to keep Britain hostile to allcomers.
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