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Disaster in the Australian outback 31 Jan 10:00pm Disaster in the Australian outback
Searing heat, severe drought and official mismanagement have allowed rivers in south-eastern Australia to run dry. The Guardian reporters Anne Davies and Lorena Allam discuss the devastating impact this has had on wildlife and residents. Plus: Zoe Williams on children’s screen time Temperatures have hit 47C (117F) in southern Australia where an extraordinary heatwave has come amid one of the worst droughts in the country’s recorded history. In large parts of the Murray-Darling basin – an area of land the size of Egypt – little rain is expected for months. Fish are dying in their hundreds of thousands at Menindee and people living in towns and on properties along the Barwon-Darling river system are battling to secure water fit for drinking and washing and to feed their stock.
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31 Jan 9:25pm Clash of the Billionaire Politicians
Schultz’s independent run makes more sense than Bloomberg’s Democratic one.
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When Politicians Direct Capital 31 Jan 8:44pm When Politicians Direct Capital
PG&E’s bankruptcy shows the peril of the public utility model.
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Banking With Beijing 31 Jan 7:30pm Banking With Beijing
Malaysia is the latest country to rethink Belt and Road projects.
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A Senate Warning to Mr. Trump 31 Jan 7:13pm A Senate Warning to Mr. Trump
Forty-three Republicans offer good advice on Syria and Afghanistan.
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Judicial Scramble Drill 31 Jan 7:13pm Judicial Scramble Drill
The White House walks away from a bad deal but harms a good nominee.
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31 Jan 6:55pm Mr. President, Tear Down That Word
Trump needs a way out of the shutdown. Meanwhile, Howard Schultz misjudges the country’s direction.
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What to Do With Empty Churches 31 Jan 6:52pm What to Do With Empty Churches
A small and shrinking congregation often has the most beautiful religious architecture.
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Two Centuries of Corporate Personhood 31 Jan 6:51pm Two Centuries of Corporate Personhood
Dartmouth won an important Supreme Court victory in 1819.
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The U.N. Can Save Venezuela---Really 31 Jan 6:49pm The U.N. Can Save Venezuela---Really
Officially recognizing Guaidó would weaken Maduro’s finances and grip on the military.
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The State of the Union Without Artificial Sweeteners 31 Jan 6:48pm The State of the Union Without Artificial Sweeteners
Trump will boast and brag. What if a president were appropriately grumpy?
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The NFL Should Stop LIVing a LIII 31 Jan 6:47pm The NFL Should Stop LIVing a LIII
Does the Super Bowl really need Roman numerals?
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Steve Bell on time ticking down to Brexit – cartoon 31 Jan 2:30pm Steve Bell on time ticking down to Brexit – cartoon
a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2019/jan/31/steve-bell-on-time-ticking-down-ahead-of-brexit-cartoon">Continue reading...
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The Guardian view on the May-Corbyn talks: make them matter | Editorial 31 Jan 1:32pm The Guardian view on the May-Corbyn talks: make them matter | Editorial
Too late, too little and too grubby. Yet if we want to bring the nation together on Brexit the political parties must continue to try for principled cooperationThe first thing to say about
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The Guardian view on rough sleeping: more than a winter crisis | Editorial 31 Jan 1:32pm The Guardian view on rough sleeping: more than a winter crisis | Editorial
The number of homeless people on the streets stands at 4,677. Finding them somewhere to live is just the startWintry weather sharpens inequality, like any other circumstance that places greater than usual demands on people and their resources. As well as being picturesque, extremely cold temperatures such as the
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Tipping the balance of power against private landlords | Letters 31 Jan 1:31pm Tipping the balance of power against private landlords | Letters
Readers discuss the problems facing tenants in the private rental sectorIt is odd that we would expect landlords such as Fergus Wilson (
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Labour councils, Tory cuts and a century of fighting austerity | Letters 31 Jan 1:31pm Labour councils, Tory cuts and a century of fighting austerity | Letters
Labour values are at the heart of protecting our most vulnerable residents, says
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Trans people are welcomed by Church of England members | Letter 31 Jan 1:30pm Trans people are welcomed by Church of England members | Letter
The views expressed in the letter to be presented to General Synod next month in no way represents majority opinion in the Church of England, says
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What the L is going on in the football league tables? | Brief letters 31 Jan 1:29pm What the L is going on in the football league tables? | Brief letters
Sugar content of jam | Diana Athill | King Canute | Football league tables | RooksIt seems ironic that Public Health England should condemn jam on the grounds of its high sugar content (
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The vindication of Bishop George Bell | Letter 31 Jan 1:28pm The vindication of Bishop George Bell | Letter
Has the time not come to recognise the vindication of the late bishop, asks
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‘Stress interviews’: another way to make millennials’ lives hell | Gaby Hinsliff 31 Jan 12:47pm ‘Stress interviews’: another way to make millennials’ lives hell | Gaby Hinsliff
The treatment of Olivia Bland at her job interview was a misuse of power. Thankfully, she had the nerve to fight back
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The Brexit delusion: May to demand the impossible? - Politics Weekly podcast 31 Jan 12:29pm The Brexit delusion: May to demand the impossible? - Politics Weekly podcast
Jessica Elgot is joined by Polly Toynbee, Martin Kettle and Aarti Shankar to discuss the latest round of fantasy Brexit. Plus: a short history of Brexit, and why MPs should pay their speeding tickets The Tory party has finally decided what sort of Brexit they want. The Brady amendment, which was passed on Tuesday, demands the replacement of the Northern Irish backstop with “alternative arrangements”. But just six minutes after the vote was counted, Brussels reminded everyone that “the withdrawal agreement is not open for renegotiation”. Undaunted, Theresa May is set to head to Brussels to demand what looks impossible.
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Lazy homophobia signals the end of the road for Clarkson and co | Fiona Sturges 31 Jan 10:33am Lazy homophobia signals the end of the road for Clarkson and co | Fiona Sturges
The schoolboy sniggering of The Grand Tour is catastrophically unfunny. Amazon has failed to revive an ailing format It’s been a while since Jeremy Clarkson caused an upset. The days of him
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Tenants have so few rights, a whole street can be evicted at once – that’s obscene | Poppy Noor 31 Jan 9:42am Tenants have so few rights, a whole street can be evicted at once – that’s obscene | Poppy Noor
Other countries ensure people who rent are secure in their homes. What can’t we do the same?Imagine being a mother of five and finding yourself evicted from your home without reason, with two months to find a new place, a new deposit and to settle into a new home. Ellen Gavigan doesn’t have to imagine . She will be evicted in March – the third time since she began renting – because her landlord, buy-to-rent mogul Fergus Wilson, plans to
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If the police step up stop-and-search tactics, trouble will follow | John Drury 31 Jan 9:26am If the police step up stop-and-search tactics, trouble will follow | John Drury
Our research shows how the strategy contributed to the 2011 London riots. Police forces are making the same mistake againLast month it emerged that there had been
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The UK isn’t ready to Brexit. Instead it’s heading towards a no-deal tsunami | Polly Toynbee 31 Jan 9:05am The UK isn’t ready to Brexit. Instead it’s heading towards a no-deal tsunami | Polly Toynbee
The Institute for Government warns that crucial laws needed for post-Brexit will not be in place. MPs must summon courageShellshocked MPs of the sensible tendency are now seriously alarmed. You find them in a daze around Westminster and its news studio green-rooms stunned by Tuesday night’s failure of the modest
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I’m an EU citizen with an Android phone – I’ve hit the jackpot! | Marie Le Conte 31 Jan 8:19am I’m an EU citizen with an Android phone – I’ve hit the jackpot! | Marie Le Conte
The Home Office is so comically incompetent, you can only apply for UK residency on Androids. I spy a business model …Years of struggle have come to an end; finally, after a decade of taunting, my people’s time has come. It has not been easy, being mocked for the apps we inexplicably cannot get, and the Instagram pictures we post that look like they were taken by a drunk child, but now Android users have the upper hand. Maybe I should take the comical incompetency of the Home Office more seriously. It is, after all, somewhat bonkers that EU citizens in the UK (of which I am one) are only able to
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Like Anne Hathaway, I ditched alcohol so I could be a better parent | Claire McCartan 31 Jan 6:35am Like Anne Hathaway, I ditched alcohol so I could be a better parent | Claire McCartan
I’m a recovering alcoholic mother, and the child of an alcoholic mother. I won’t put my children through the same dark chaos As a child, I used to lie to my mother about when parents’ evening at school was. Not because I had been underachieving, but because I was scared she would turn up, drunk, staggering around and slurring, again. My childhood was mostly spent caring for myself and my mother as she took to her bed, wailing, with bottles of vodka. She went in and out of hospital, eventually ending up in a care home in her early 60s after years of absolute darkness and chaos, having wrecked her mind and body.
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Surgeons do make mistakes – it’s time to reboot the surgery checklist | Ara Darzi 31 Jan 5:44am Surgeons do make mistakes – it’s time to reboot the surgery checklist | Ara Darzi
The case of the Bristol boy who was left ‘castrated’ by an operation error shows the need for more rigorous procedures Just before Christmas, a
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Why are the police suggesting women jog in packs? | Zoe Williams 31 Jan 2:00am Why are the police suggesting women jog in packs? | Zoe Williams
Telling women to stay together is no answer to unsafe streets After a jogger was sexually assaulted in Shepton Mallet last year, the local running club advised women to travel in packs. Extroverts hate running with other people; we don’t like company without chat, and talking while running is a literal waste of breath. Introverts hate running with other people, because they are other people. Avon and Somerset police, meanwhile, have recommended that runners don’t listen to music and vary their routes. (Everybody hates running without music and most hate changing their routes.) It’s fine, ladies, the police seem to say. We have got your back. You can still do that thing you enjoy, you just have to make yourself safer by enjoying it less. In the 90s, the What Women Want survey drew on the largest sample since the Hite report on sexuality in the 70s. It had the same methodological problems – it wasn’t a probability sample and women were self-selecting, simply choosing to fill in a postcard or not. And it wasn’t as sexy as the Hite report; women, given infinite choice to talk about utopia, talked a lot about the sunlit uplands of being able to go places without being attacked. When the survey was conducted again a couple of years ago, nothing had changed: young women who you would expect to demand better youth services were instead asking for street lighting; professionals whom might, in another world, be worrying about boardrooms were talking about safety as a tax, cabs because it’s late, gyms because the park was too dicey.
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The backstop isn’t just about trade. Is that so hard to understand, Britain? | Dearbhail McDonald 31 Jan 1:00am The backstop isn’t just about trade. Is that so hard to understand, Britain? | Dearbhail McDonald
The Good Friday agreement allows people to identify as Irish, British or both. We’re being forced, once again, to choose sides
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The left must be bold and back a green new deal | Larry Elliott 31 Jan 1:00am The left must be bold and back a green new deal | Larry Elliott
Progressives were caught napping by the financial crisis. They cannot not be as ill-prepared next time It’s often said that real change takes place at a time of crisis, but that’s not the whole story. A crisis makes change possible, but only when new ideas are knocking about does it actually happen. Otherwise, it is soon business as usual. The US economist Milton Friedman
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