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Mrs. Robinson and the Missing Princess 9 Jan 7:07pm Mrs. Robinson and the Missing Princess
Why would Ireland’s former president weigh in on an Arab heiress’s psychiatric condition?
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How Sweden Overcame Socialism 9 Jan 7:06pm How Sweden Overcame Socialism
It’s a model for the U.S., but the lesson isn’t what Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez thinks it is.
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Criminal Records for Obsolete Crimes 9 Jan 7:04pm Criminal Records for Obsolete Crimes
When pot is made legal, old convictions should be expunged.
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Why the Fed Should Heed the Market 9 Jan 7:04pm Why the Fed Should Heed the Market
Stock trends are the best predictor of growth. Recent volatility should give the central bank pause.
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Steve Bell on Theresa May’s Commons defeat over Brexit plan B – cartoon 9 Jan 2:05pm Steve Bell on Theresa May’s Commons defeat over Brexit plan B – cartoon
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This was the great political power struggle of our times – and ministers lost | Martin Kettle 9 Jan 1:42pm This was the great political power struggle of our times – and ministers lost | Martin Kettle
John Bercow was brave and correct to allow the Grieve amendment vote. Just at the right time, parliament has regained its vital roleJohn Bercow can sometimes seem to be auditioning to play Shakespeare’s Malvolio. The House of Commons Speaker has at times a comic degree of self-esteem that is the equal of the arrogant steward in Twelfth Night. Like Malvolio, Bercow can also drive colleagues to distraction, as he did today. Today, though, Bercow took a brave stand to
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The Guardian view on Trump and the wall: useful for him, not for the US | Editorial 9 Jan 1:30pm The Guardian view on Trump and the wall: useful for him, not for the US | Editorial
The promise to ‘build the wall’ worked for Trump as a candidate, and he continues to use it as president. Americans are paying the price with what has become the second longest government shutdownEven Donald Trump appeared almost dazzled by the magical efficacy of one of the mantras of his 2016 campaign. If a rally got a little boring, and he sensed that people might be thinking of leaving, “I just say, ‘We will build the wall!’ and they go nuts,” he
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The Guardian view on the politics of street confrontation: a dangerous trend | Editorial 9 Jan 1:25pm The Guardian view on the politics of street confrontation: a dangerous trend | Editorial
Brexiters’ casual denigration of remainers as ‘traitors’ and ‘enemies of the people’ has helped fertilise political ground where violent extremism growsPolitics describes many activities that do not look much alike. In the Commons today there was passionate debate on a
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9 Jan 1:09pm If You Have to Ask How Much Socialized Medicine Costs...
Democrats know taxpayers will realize they can’t afford it.
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Brexit and the future of British democracy | Letters 9 Jan 12:41pm Brexit and the future of British democracy | Letters
Responses to a Guardian editorial on BrexitYour editorial (
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Labour should back another referendum | Letter 9 Jan 12:41pm Labour should back another referendum | Letter
The party must announce its support for a public vote so that voters can have the final say on whether to leave the EU, write 33 Labour membersAs EU migrants and Labour members, we call on our party to campaign against Brexit. We refuse to be silent in the face of a policy that is an attack on our rights and on the communities our party represents. It is proper, indeed essential, that Labour now follows the policy established at its conference in September. This is to vote down Theresa May’s Brexit deal, to call for an immediate general election, and to consider campaigning for a public vote. There is no contradiction whatsoever between campaigning for an election and campaigning for a referendum. When Theresa May’s deal falls in parliament next week, Labour must announce its support for a public vote so that the people can have the final say. We hope that such a referendum can be achieved under a Labour government, following a general election.
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Awaiting Jeremy Corbyn’s lightbulb moment on Brexit | Brief letters 9 Jan 12:40pm Awaiting Jeremy Corbyn’s lightbulb moment on Brexit | Brief letters
Inspiration from Jane Austen | Labour and the ‘will of the people’ | Irish backstop | Theresa May | BolsoverAs the clamour for a second referendum grows, and hopes of it actually happening rise and fall (
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Hanging around the school gates won’t tell you how happy your child will be there 9 Jan 12:22pm Hanging around the school gates won’t tell you how happy your child will be there
The advice from the Good Schools Guide is sound – but only to find out if you will have to help with the summer fete The Good Schools Guide has a
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Men prefer younger women not for their firmer bodies – but their greater admiration | Zoe Williams 9 Jan 11:32am Men prefer younger women not for their firmer bodies – but their greater admiration | Zoe Williams
The French novelist Yann Moix claims a 50-year-old woman’s body is unlovable, unlike a 25-year-old’s. But the truth is that the young tend to respect the old – and that is what older men desireThere is a maximum number of times a woman can get annoyed about what a French intellectual thinks about her arse. I thought I’d hit it in the 90s, when Michel Houellebecq did an elaborate, 300-odd page analogy between sexual liberation and free-market capitalism, which concluded that slags were destroying men’s dignity. It was a hard-left version of Jordan Peterson that was, if you can possibly imagine such a thing, even more annoying. Yet when the novelist Yann Moix announced this week
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When free societies copy Russian media tactics, there’s only one winner | James Ball 9 Jan 11:00am When free societies copy Russian media tactics, there’s only one winner | James Ball
The Integrity Initiative debacle, in which this writer was named in leaked files, shows that western efforts to counter misinformation must be openHow do you respond when a principle that forms part of the bedrock of your society is used to undermine it? This is the question facing liberal democracies across the world as Russia and others exploit free speech and its institutions – especially traditional and social media – through misinformation and electoral interference.
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Want to stop prisoners reoffending? Start by allowing phones and photos | Eric Allison 9 Jan 10:30am Want to stop prisoners reoffending? Start by allowing phones and photos | Eric Allison
It’s long been known that letting prisoners maintain family ties is good for everyone. But so far, only private jails are doing thisThese are dark days in a country torn by Brexit and years of austerity, which have widened the gap between rich and poor. And few places are as gloomy as the prison system, where shocking levels of violence and drug abuse mean there is little in the way of positivity for those tasked with inspecting the penal estate.
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The botched Alex Salmond harassment inquiry could stop women speaking out | Dani Garavelli 9 Jan 9:50am The botched Alex Salmond harassment inquiry could stop women speaking out | Dani Garavelli
A further erosion of trust in the complaints system is the opposite of what the Scottish government set out to achieveYou would assume that civil servants faced with allegations of sexual assault by a former first minister of Scotland would proceed with the utmost caution; that they would fireproof themselves against a future appeal by making sure the procedure used to investigate those allegations was robust and that it was followed to the letter. With the #MeToo campaign in the headlines and a report suggesting that, despite its conceit of itself as family-friendly, Holyrood
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Surviving R Kelly is a watershed moment for women of colour | Chelsea Fuller 9 Jan 9:15am Surviving R Kelly is a watershed moment for women of colour | Chelsea Fuller
This remarkable docuseries has reached people who may never have thought about the lives of girls in Chicago and AtlantaIt’s been several days since the
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Britain must rid itself of the delusion that it is big, bold and in charge | Robert Saunders 9 Jan 7:32am Britain must rid itself of the delusion that it is big, bold and in charge | Robert Saunders
With a disorderly Brexit on the horizon, a timely lesson in humility may be fast approaching“Being powerful,” Margaret Thatcher once said, “is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” It’s a lesson that could usefully be learned by Gavin Williamson, the elfin defence secretary
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Oxford and Cambridge must launch new colleges for disadvantaged young people | Andrew Adonis 9 Jan 7:00am Oxford and Cambridge must launch new colleges for disadvantaged young people | Andrew Adonis
It’s high time for drastic action by the universities to set aside places for pupils from under-represented schoolsThe worst mistakes come from perpetuating failure, hoping it will be different next time while doing nothing different. So it is with the imperative to broaden social access to
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We might mock Trump and his wall, but it’s not so different in Britain | Jonathan Freedland 9 Jan 6:47am We might mock Trump and his wall, but it’s not so different in Britain | Jonathan Freedland
The US president’s obsession has shut down the government, while the PM’s red line on immigration has paralysed the UK One of the few comforts available to Brexit Britain is the thought that, no matter how dysfunctional we’ve become, at least we’re not Trump’s America. We may be crazy, reduced to
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I was harassed outside parliament. These thugs must not stifle Brexit debate | Femi Oluwole 9 Jan 5:31am I was harassed outside parliament. These thugs must not stifle Brexit debate | Femi Oluwole
Those who verbally abuse MPs and journalists outside parliament do not speak for ordinary votersThe Brexit result split those who support it. The darker politics that was mixed in with the mainstream leave vote no longer feels the need to hide. On Monday, Anna Soubry, Owen Jones and I were
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Reproductive coercion is abuse. But many women don’t even know it | Hilary Freeman 9 Jan 4:00am Reproductive coercion is abuse. But many women don’t even know it | Hilary Freeman
Studies are revealing the shocking extent of abuse in which a woman’s reproductive choices are controlled by anotherJust when we thought we’d heard it all, along comes evidence of yet another way that men are controlling women, denying them bodily autonomy and sexually abusing them. It’s one you might not have heard of; certainly it’s been little discussed and does not appear to have been highlighted by
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Brexit utopia is a receding dream – instead Britain faces a food shortage | Guy Singh-Watson 9 Jan 3:00am Brexit utopia is a receding dream – instead Britain faces a food shortage | Guy Singh-Watson
As the founder of a fruit and veg supplier, I know March is the worst time for a no-deal Brexit – unless you like woody swedesAs
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Toxic fumes threaten our children. We have to take on the pollution lobby | George Monbiot 9 Jan 1:00am Toxic fumes threaten our children. We have to take on the pollution lobby | George Monbiot
The growth in emissions is creating a ‘diesel generation’ of unhealthy youngsters. And some of the world’s most powerful industries are behind itImagine that you could buy, in thousands of shops across the country, canisters containing toxic gas. Imagine that some people walked the streets, squirting this gas into the face of every child they passed. Imagine that it became a craze, so that a child couldn’t walk a metre without receiving a faceful. Imagine that, while a single dose was unlikely to cause serious harm, repeated doses damaged their hearts, lungs and brains, affecting their health, their intelligence and their life chances. It would be treated as a national emergency. Sales of the canisters would immediately be banned. The police would be mobilised. If existing laws against poisoning children were deemed insufficient, new legislation would be rushed through parliament. It’s not hard to picture this response, is it? Yet the mass poisoning is happening. And nothing changes.
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Brexit proved our economy is broken, but our leaders still have no clue how to fix it | Aditya Chakrabortty 9 Jan 1:00am Brexit proved our economy is broken, but our leaders still have no clue how to fix it | Aditya Chakrabortty
Politicians obsess over GDP growth yet its benefits are unequally shared. And Labour leave areas suffer most Just after midnight on 25 May 2016, a senior staffer in the remain campaign sent colleagues an urgent message. “Voters are very sceptical about our warnings on the economy,” began his email. “They don’t trust the numbers. They don’t trust the Treasury.” As head of strategy for Britain Stronger in Europe, Ryan Coetzee had bombarded Britons with evidence of the economic damage they would do to themselves if they didn’t stay in the EU. He and his team enlisted the Bank of England, the IMF, the OECD and pretty much every acronym that mattered. They’d wagged fingers, flung numbers around and pointed out the danger signs.
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