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Thirteen children have been shot dead in St Louis, Missouri. Why? – podcast 7 Oct 10:00pm Thirteen children have been shot dead in St Louis, Missouri. Why? – podcast
The Guardian US correspondent Amanda Holpuch discusses her recent trip to St Louis, where 13 black children have been fatally shot since April. And: Polly Toynbee attends the first day of the Extinction Rebellion protests Since 2014, St Louis has had the highest gun homicide rate per capita of any big US city. This violence disproportionately affects poor black neighbourhoods, and this year children as young as two have become a symbol for how entrenched the city is in violence.
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It was pure method Grayling – but the Tories were wishing for Arcuri | John Crace 7 Oct 2:56pm It was pure method Grayling – but the Tories were wishing for Arcuri | John Crace
At Brexit questions, James Duddridge was excruciating as he stood in at the dispatch box A star is born. For a couple of months now, the government has been sending emails to casting agents, begging them to find a replacement for Chris Grayling. A minister so useless, so hapless that every appearance in the Commons is guaranteed to be a box office disaster. Many have been called, yet no one has quite come up to scratch. Not even Priti Patel or Liz Truss. Or James Cleverly with his definitive decisiveness graph. AKA My Graph by J Cleverly (aged 11 ¾). Stupidly on the x-axis and Cleverly on the y-axis – with next to nothing registering on the y. But James Duddridge, a junior minister in the Brexit department, looks as if he might be the real deal. In this, his second audition standing in for Steve Barclay inside a week, he revealed his true potential. A man for whom practice makes progressively less perfect.
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Thanks to Extinction Rebellion, we’re experiencing a climate culture change | Polly Toynbee 7 Oct 2:08pm Thanks to Extinction Rebellion, we’re experiencing a climate culture change | Polly Toynbee
Rightwing critics fulminate against the protesters, but the public is finally waking up to the gravity of their causeIn the Mall, up Whitehall, or crossing Trafalgar Square early this morning, the
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The Guardian view on Boris Johnson: let no such man be trusted | Editorial 7 Oct 1:50pm The Guardian view on Boris Johnson: let no such man be trusted | Editorial
The prime minister continues to play fast and loose with parliament, the courts and Britain’s interests. His plans must be blockedVisiting Watford, Boris Johnson made it commendably clear on Monday that he opposes the self-interested abuse of a process laid down by treaty and law. Asked about an American spy’s wife who has claimed
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The Guardian view on the police and Carl Beech: questions remain | Editorial 7 Oct 1:50pm The Guardian view on the police and Carl Beech: questions remain | Editorial
The Metropolitan police must be held to account for their botched investigation of false sex abuse claimsThe
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Boris Johnson’s Arcuri scandal is about public funds, not private life | Zoe Williams 7 Oct 1:39pm Boris Johnson’s Arcuri scandal is about public funds, not private life | Zoe Williams
That the businesswoman’s TV interview made no sense is not the point: the question isn’t whether the affair happened There were a lot of denials in Jennifer Arcuri’s
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The fantasy of a ‘national unity government’ is a gift to Brexiters | Tom Kibasi 7 Oct 1:22pm The fantasy of a ‘national unity government’ is a gift to Brexiters | Tom Kibasi
Remainers should be careful what they wish for: a government without public legitimacy will surely lose a second referendumAs politics descends into deeper chaos, more and more of those in Westminster have taken retreat in the imagination of their hearts. The unending speculation about a so-called “
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Now is the time for the government to increase the supply of homes | Larry Elliott 7 Oct 1:03pm Now is the time for the government to increase the supply of homes | Larry Elliott
A cut in stamp duty may be politically expedient for Sajid Javed, but it would be a big mistake For anybody who has their home on the market, the news from the
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We are in the midst of a mental health crisis – advice about jogging and self-care is not enough | Suzanne Moore 7 Oct 1:00pm We are in the midst of a mental health crisis – advice about jogging and self-care is not enough | Suzanne Moore
Physical exercise can help, but we need to understand what it is about the way we live that makes so many of us ill Is there a problem in this sad old world that can’t be solved by physical jerks? I find myself muttering this, because wherever I go someone is coming up behind me, breathing heavily: a runner. Some of my best friends are joggers – pushing themselves up hills, finishing marathons – it keeps depression and mood swings at bay and it’s free. It’s a good thing, but I cannot be alone in finding underwhelming the advice about looking after one’s mental health as if it is physical health.
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Antibiotics, better tests and the rise in cases of urinary tract infections | Letters 7 Oct 12:56pm Antibiotics, better tests and the rise in cases of urinary tract infections | Letters
Guardian readers respond to our report on the role the NHS’s antibiotic crackdown has played in UTI-related hospitalisationsI read your article (
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The US withdrawal from northern Syria creates the perfect conditions for war crimes | Simon Tisdall 7 Oct 12:55pm The US withdrawal from northern Syria creates the perfect conditions for war crimes | Simon Tisdall
Erdoğan aims to expel refugees and force Kurdish forces away from Turkey. It will result in enormous damageDonald Trump’s rash and foolish decision to pull the remaining US ground troops out of northeast Syria is a shocking betrayal of the Kurdish forces that were instrumental in destroying the Islamic State “caliphate”. It opens the way for a vicious, protracted struggle between
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Big tobacco is still sponsoring the arts | Letters 7 Oct 12:54pm Big tobacco is still sponsoring the arts | Letters
While the National Theatre and the RSC are cutting ties with big oil, the London Symphony Orchestra is still being backed by British American Tobacco, writes
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The Crown: Princess Margaret role should have gone to Kathy Burke | Brief letters 7 Oct 12:50pm The Crown: Princess Margaret role should have gone to Kathy Burke | Brief letters
Jeremy Corbyn | Offensive language | The Crown | Welsh household meals | Ginger BakerI don’t entirely buy the scepticism of some of your correspondents about Jeremy Corbyn as a leader (
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The police watchdog’s inaction over the VIP child abuse inquiry is a disgrace | Simon Jenkins 7 Oct 10:00am The police watchdog’s inaction over the VIP child abuse inquiry is a disgrace | Simon Jenkins
Despite Operation Midland’s multiple failures, the Independent Office for Police Conduct has exonerated all concernedThe details revealed last week from a 2016
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The 12-week pregnancy rule makes the pain of miscarriage worse | Katy Lindemann 7 Oct 3:00am The 12-week pregnancy rule makes the pain of miscarriage worse | Katy Lindemann
The secrecy around early pregnancy means that many women grieve in private, weighed down by feelings of guilt and failure
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Britain is less polarised than the media would have us believe | John Harris 7 Oct 2:00am Britain is less polarised than the media would have us believe | John Harris
In Milton Keynes I found few signs of the Brexit culture war that supposedly defines our times Last week I spent four days in Milton Keynes, the Buckinghamshire new town that sits in the English imagination as a byword for modernist architecture, endless roundabouts, and the fact that many of us still think that anything remotely futuristic is best sniggered at. The Conservatives’ conference provided the mood music; in between nights spent in a short-let, new-build house in the neighbourhood of Bletchley, I drove and wandered around business districts and ever-expanding housing developments, trying to get a sense of where the country has arrived. Contrary to the received idea of the place as somewhere strange and almost unique, Milton Keynes reflects English politics in imperfect microcosm. Though it has two Tory MPs,
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Extinction Rebellion has won the first battle – now it must win the war | Leo Barasi 7 Oct 1:00am Extinction Rebellion has won the first battle – now it must win the war | Leo Barasi
As protesters take to the streets again this week, the challenge is to force ‘green’ politicians into concrete proposals Extinction Rebellion seems to have cracked using protests to transform public debate. But as it starts another major rebellion this week, it might find the challenge ahead is even greater. Extinction Rebellion’s
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