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Regime change in Iran is Trump’s real motive for siding with the Saudis | Simon Tisdall 18 Oct 7:25am Regime change in Iran is Trump’s real motive for siding with the Saudis | Simon Tisdall
The US president needs support to take down Tehran – and he doesn’t appear to be fussy about where it may come fromIt would be comforting to think Donald Trump sent his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, hotfooting it to Saudi Arabia this week to solve the mystery of what happened to the missing journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. It would be nice to believe
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How Donald Trump weaponised Pocahontas in a new identity war | Afua Hirsch 16 Oct 1:57pm How Donald Trump weaponised Pocahontas in a new identity war | Afua Hirsch
Senator Elizabeth Warren, a presidential hopeful, revealed that she has Native American roots. It was an unwise moveThe problem I have with “identity politics” is that it’s a phrase mostly used by people who don’t name their identities, against those who do. We all have identities, after all, and in racialised societies like this one it’s ethnic minorities who are guilty of playing “identity politics” for having the audacity to own, articulate or organise around that experience. Meanwhile the majority, who have the luxury of regarding their identities as normal, neutral and invisible, have always mobilised politically around class, region, and whiteness. But that’s not identity politics, that’s just politics, right?
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Brett Kavanaugh case treads on dangerous ground | Letters 10 Oct 1:04pm Brett Kavanaugh case treads on dangerous ground | Letters
Readers give their views on Donald Trump’s latest choice of supreme court judgeNesrine Malik suggests Martin Luther King’s “long arc of justice” has lost its way over the recent Ford-Kavanaugh debacle (
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Trump sees only his own victimhood as he apologises to Kavanaugh | Gaby Hinsliff 9 Oct 7:51am Trump sees only his own victimhood as he apologises to Kavanaugh | Gaby Hinsliff
Everyone identifies with someone in this story, provoking a raw anger on both sides. But Trump will fail at the long gameOh, the gall of it. The sheer, unmitigated gall of it. For a moment, as Donald Trump spoke of the “
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It comes as no shock that the powerful hate ‘identity politics’ | Gary Younge 5 Oct 1:00am It comes as no shock that the powerful hate ‘identity politics’ | Gary Younge
The right denigrates equal rights campaigns as ‘grievances’ while cornering the market in victimhood Given the political volatility, economic precarity and environmental catastrophe that blight this current moment, there is every reason to be concerned about the durability of modern democracy. Donald Trump, Brexit, growing inequality, melting ice caps, stagnant wages, trade wars, actual wars, immigrants left to die in the sea, all while fascists and their sympathisers sit in government. The threats are everywhere. Some, however, are apparently more obvious than others. The last two weeks have produced the following headlines: “
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Kavanaugh has revealed the insidious force in global politics: toxic masculinity | Jonathan Freedland 29 Sep 1:00am Kavanaugh has revealed the insidious force in global politics: toxic masculinity | Jonathan Freedland
A swaggering machismo. A sense of male entitlement. But the instincts of the supreme court nominee stretch far beyond the partisan battles of WashingtonWhen Donald Trump speaks the truth, it’s usually by accident. A choice example came late on last night, after TV audiences in the US and around the world were riveted by the sight of Trump’s choice for the supreme court ranting and raving, his face twisted in fury, as he insisted he was innocent of the sexual assault that had just been detailed in calm, precise terms by Christine Blasey Ford. “Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him,”
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Martin Rowson on the US supreme court nomination – cartoon 28 Sep 12:28pm Martin Rowson on the US supreme court nomination – cartoon
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‘My name is Brett Kavanaugh and this is my testimony …’ | Marina Hyde 28 Sep 8:46am ‘My name is Brett Kavanaugh and this is my testimony …’ | Marina Hyde
The furious performance of Donald Trump’s nominee for the US supreme court yesterday is reimagined by our columnistGood afternoon, Mr Chairman, ranking member Feinstein, and members of the committee. My name is Brett Kavanaugh, and this is an even more malarial job interview than the one for The Apprentice. Same boss, though. To the Republicans among you, I would say: I know you believe her, but I thank our mutual God you don’t care. To the Democrats, I would say: Don’t ask me if I’ve ever blacked out from drinking. HAVE YOU?
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It’s not just Trump. Much of America has turned its back on Europe | Timothy Garton Ash 28 Sep 1:00am It’s not just Trump. Much of America has turned its back on Europe | Timothy Garton Ash
The United States is no longer passionate about the transatlantic alliance; its president is reflecting the national mood Can Donald Trump get any worse? Yes, he can. But our fixation on his personal awfulness, which was on full
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The kiss of death for Lancashire County Cricket Club | Letters 27 Sep 1:45pm The kiss of death for Lancashire County Cricket Club | Letters
‘Azzers’ | Lancashire cricket | Donald Trump | Chess and poker | Junk food | Successful relationshipsNow we’ve exhausted
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The Guardian view on Macron’s anti-populism: rhetoric is not enough | Editorial 26 Sep 1:13pm The Guardian view on Macron’s anti-populism: rhetoric is not enough | Editorial
The French president’s ambition to lead a global fightback against nationalism and xenophobia are undermined by his domestic recordEmmanuel Macron’s mission to impress the United Nations this week was made easier by following Donald Trump. The French president’s impassioned defence of multilateral cooperation based on universal human rights was a rebuke to his US counterpart’s bombastic unilateralism. Earlier the same day,
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Can Labour forge a new, 21st-century socialism? | John Harris 24 Sep 1:00am Can Labour forge a new, 21st-century socialism? | John Harris
The scepticism about Corbynism isn’t because it is too radical, but because in an era of disruption, it is not radical enough In among all the noise about Brexit and Donald Trump, there’s a remarkable sound: a great deal of the free-market, laissez-faire ideas that have dominated the last four decades being criticised and contested, perhaps as never before. In the US, the fallout from the election of 2016 has fed into the first stirrings of a
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The Guardian view on the US and North Korea: warm words, not deeds | Editorial 20 Sep 1:35pm The Guardian view on the US and North Korea: warm words, not deeds | Editorial
Washington has said it will restart talks with Pyongyang. Kim Jong-un knows how to make Donald Trump feel good; that doesn’t mean he plans to denucleariseNorth Koreans are used to extracting the most from very little. It is how the country’s people have survived; and how the rulers who impoverished them have always handled international pressure. Even so, Kim Jong-un must be surprised by his success in eking out minimal material. First came the
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The Democratic party went awol in 2016 – and is still missing | Cas Mudde 20 Sep 8:52am The Democratic party went awol in 2016 – and is still missing | Cas Mudde
The party has no clear leader, no convincing analysis of why they lost the election, and no strategy to do better next time On 8 November 2016 Donald Trump won the US presidency. But it was also the day the Democratic party went awol. Almost two years later, the Democrats are still not to be found. They have no clear leader, or even leadership team, no convincing analysis of why they lost the election, and, consequently, no strategy to do better next time. In a July 2017
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19 Sep 5:08pm Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Authoritarianism
The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee pitches a new edition of her campaign memoir.
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Is it acceptable to laugh at Donald Trump’s mushroom? 19 Sep 8:43am Is it acceptable to laugh at Donald Trump’s mushroom?
Any guilt over enjoying Stormy Daniels’s revelation should be weighed against how Trump’s policies hurt women
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The Guardian view on US-China trade wars: careful what you start | Editorial 18 Sep 1:31pm The Guardian view on US-China trade wars: careful what you start | Editorial
The tit-for-tat between the two countries continues, but macho political posturing will not deal with the real issues“It is easier to start a war than to end it,” Gabriel García Márquez once observed. This is true even when the skirmishes are fought over cotton hammocks, ornamental fish, motorboats and soya bean oil rather than territory. On Monday, Donald Trump ramped up his trade offensive by announcing that the US would
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The U.S. Is Rich, So Storms Are Worse 14 Sep 6:09pm The U.S. Is Rich, So Storms Are Worse
Donald Trump’s thought processes may be a mystery, but better hurricane policy isn’t.
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The Non-Accidental Presidency 6 Jan 8:37am Updated The Non-Accidental Presidency
Donald Trump didn’t want to be president. History had another idea.
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Fire and Fury confirms our worst fears – about the Republicans | Jonathan Freedland 5 Jan 12:59pm Fire and Fury confirms our worst fears – about the Republicans | Jonathan Freedland
Donald Trump’s utter unfitness for the presidency has been laid bare in Michael Wolff’s new book. What will it take for his party to remove him from office?What did you think would be the Republican reaction to the latest revelations about Donald Trump? Did you expect the party’s luminaries to drop their collective head into their hands, or to crumple into a heap in despair at the state of the man they anointed as president of the United States? They’d certainly have had good reason. In the book
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Donald Trump eats McDonald’s for fear of being poisoned? That says it all | Zoe Williams 5 Jan 4:26am Donald Trump eats McDonald’s for fear of being poisoned? That says it all | Zoe Williams
Recent revelations about the way the US president eats reveal how naked appetite has consumed all the traditional dignity, expertise and charisma of office Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury is a book full of intoxicating detail; a personal favourite is Rupert Murdoch putting down the phone to Donald Trump with a terse and descriptive “fucking
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Donald Trump eats only McDonald’s for fear of being poisoned? That says it all | Zoe Williams 5 Jan 3:30am Donald Trump eats only McDonald’s for fear of being poisoned? That says it all | Zoe Williams
Recent revelations about the way the US president eats reveal how naked appetite has consumed all the traditional dignity, expertise and charisma of officeMichael Wolff’s Fire and Fury is a book full of intoxicating detail; a personal favourite is Rupert Murdoch putting down the phone to Donald Trump with a terse and descriptive “fucking
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How Donald Trump’s tweets help Iran’s supreme leader | Sanam Vakil 4 Jan 11:06am How Donald Trump’s tweets help Iran’s supreme leader | Sanam Vakil
The US president’s support for protesters and sanctions fuel the regime’s narrative of outside interference – and deprive Iranians of the prospect of reformSince the beginning of the
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Did anyone else, just for a second, side with Steve Bannon? | Emma Brockes 4 Jan 10:36am Did anyone else, just for a second, side with Steve Bannon? | Emma Brockes
There was a thrill to reading Bannon’s attack on Trump. But I had to remind myself that he is a bad guy too If the enemy of one’s enemy is one’s friend, watching the spectacle of Donald Trump and Steve Bannon trying to dismantle each other this week was a joyful but complicated experience. As details from
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Donald Trump’s policies are decidedly unchristian 3 Jan 1:05pm Donald Trump’s policies are decidedly unchristian
Trump’s policies benefit almost exclusively the American plutocracy, while taking away money from the American working class, writes
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Greens should take a lesson from Donald Trump. Here’s why | Patrick Barkham 2 Jan 11:26am Greens should take a lesson from Donald Trump. Here’s why | Patrick Barkham
Alpha males think caring about the environment is too ‘feminine’, research shows. So let’s make saving the planet a bit more machoThere’s a problem species, carelessly roaming the planet – consuming, polluting or trashing everything in its wake. No, not simply Homo sapiens: more precisely,
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Trump’s ‘clown fascism’ and the US constitution | Letters 1 Jan 12:28pm Trump’s ‘clown fascism’ and the US constitution | Letters
Readers’ thoughts on the constitutional threats exposed by Donald Trump’s presidencyFor transatlantic admirers of Jonathan Freedland’s
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Donald Trump: the Grinch who turned Christmas into a political battleground 30 Dec 2017, 10:00am Donald Trump: the Grinch who turned Christmas into a political battleground
Pre-Trump, when someone wished me a Merry Christmas I was pleased – now I wonder if they’re making some sort of passive-aggressive statement I celebrate Christmas, but the cards I send out every year say “Happy Holidays”. I never considered this a political statement, just a statement of fact – the people I’v mailed well-wishes to celebrate all sorts of different things, and so my greetings reflect that. Any controversy over Christmas always felt like a Fox News conspiracy theory; but this year the president of the United States is
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Trump’s pernicious attempt to starve the UN of cash could yet backfire | Mark Seddon 27 Dec 2017, 10:49am Trump’s pernicious attempt to starve the UN of cash could yet backfire | Mark Seddon
Thanks to ‘America First’, the UN’s annual budget is down. But Palestinians and the United Nations itself could benefit in the longer termJust ahead of the announcement by the UN that its annual budget is to be cut by 5%, at a time of almost unprecedented global humanitarian need and increasingly bitter and intractable conflicts, the Donald Trump administration revealed that the slash in spending was almost entirely down to
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Nicola Jennings on Donald Trump and Jerusalem – cartoon 26 Dec 2017, 3:56pm Nicola Jennings on Donald Trump and Jerusalem – cartoon
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Bit by bit, Trump is taking apart the New Deal’s glorious legacy | Heather Richardson 23 Dec 2017, 7:01pm Bit by bit, Trump is taking apart the New Deal’s glorious legacy | Heather Richardson
With huge tax cuts projected to create a $1.5tn deficit, cuts to social security and Medicare will surely followSince January, there have been frightening signs that America is becoming an oligarchy overseen by a dictator. From the first, Donald Trump has followed an authoritarian playbook, beginning with his rejection of objective reality. Forced early on to defend the assertion that the crowd at
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From Trump to Brexit, 2017 was the mourning after the year before 23 Dec 2017, 12:00am From Trump to Brexit, 2017 was the mourning after the year before
The two seismic events of 2016, Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, continued to cause mayhem throughout 2017 If 2016 was the year the democratic world went on a wild bender, 2017 was the year of the hangover. It was when we woke, slumped on the floor, still in yesterday’s clothes, heads pounding, to see how badly we’d trashed the room the night before. It was the year in which we contemplated the damage done, feared what more was yet to come – and searched out glimmers of hope that, somehow, we might avoid the worst. But it was also the year in which troubles that had been stored up years or decades earlier – some ignored, others denied – burst through the surface, demanding our attention and crying out for something else too: a reckoning long overdue.
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump, international aid and tax cuts – cartoon 20 Dec 2017, 3:38pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump, international aid and tax cuts – cartoon
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The Donald Trump quiz of 2017 20 Dec 2017, 7:21am The Donald Trump quiz of 2017
Who started the rumour about Melania’s body double? What happened to Sean Spicer? And how much golf has the commander in chief really played?
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18 Dec 2017, 2:50pm To fight European antisemitism, we must first face up to it | Natalie Nougayrède
The attacks following Trump’s Jerusalem decision are a wake-up call – this prejudice has not gone awaySince Donald Trump made his
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Questioning Israel’s behaviour is not antisemitic | Letters 17 Dec 2017, 1:46pm Questioning Israel’s behaviour is not antisemitic | Letters
Readers respond to recent letters and articles from the Israeli ambassador Mark Regev, Karma Nabulsi, Giles Fraser, and a group of artists and activists who wrote about Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capitalMark Regev’s response (
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The Guardian view on Roy Moore’s defeat: sweet justice in Alabama | Editorial 13 Dec 2017, 10:59am The Guardian view on Roy Moore’s defeat: sweet justice in Alabama | Editorial
The Republican’s candidacy was backed by Donald Trump. It mobilised Democrats and embarrassed many in his own party. But it does not follow that Trump is finishedDoug Jones’s
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The defeat of Roy Moore in Alabama is a rare moment to lift the spirits | Jonathan Freedland 13 Dec 2017, 6:50am The defeat of Roy Moore in Alabama is a rare moment to lift the spirits | Jonathan Freedland
It’s a grievous blow for Donald Trump, but can Moore’s loss in staunchly Republican Alabama start a pushback against the forces of hate? We can but hopeThat unfamiliar sensation you experienced this morning? It’s the feeling you get when, at long last, you wake up to some good political news from America. For progressives around the world who would prefer to admire rather than to revile the United States, the last 13 months have brought cause only for despair.
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump and harassment claims – cartoon 12 Dec 2017, 3:53pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump and harassment claims – cartoon
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In Jerusalem we have the latest chapter in a century of colonialism | Karma Nabulsi 12 Dec 2017, 2:38pm In Jerusalem we have the latest chapter in a century of colonialism | Karma Nabulsi
Donald Trump’s intervention is not a mere aberration. It’s part of the continuing story of injustice in PalestineOne hundred years ago, on 11 December 1917, the British army occupied Jerusalem. As General Allenby’s troops marched through Bab al-Khalil, launching a century of settler colonialism across Palestine, prime minister David Lloyd George heralded the city’s capture as “a Christmas present for the British people”. In a few months’ time, we mark another such anniversary: 70 years since the Palestinian
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I have witnessed two intifadas. Trump’s stance on Israel may ignite a third | Raja Shehadeh 9 Dec 2017, 7:05pm I have witnessed two intifadas. Trump’s stance on Israel may ignite a third | Raja Shehadeh
In recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the US president has hindered the prospect of peace in the region The relish with which Donald Trump signed the declaration
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The Observer view on Trump and Jerusalem | Observer editorial 9 Dec 2017, 7:05pm The Observer view on Trump and Jerusalem | Observer editorial
US foreign diplomacy driven by ego in pursuit of the ultimate deal is no plan for Middle East peace One of the first principles of international relations is that effective diplomacy is always prosecuted in pursuit of clear foreign policy objectives, which makes Donald Trump’s theatrical and ego-driven
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The Long War on Donald Trump 8 Dec 2017, 7:17pm The Long War on Donald Trump
The president is guilty of something. It’s Robert Mueller’s job to figure out what.
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The Guardian view on Trump and Jerusalem: undiplomatic diplomacy | Editorial 7 Dec 2017, 1:58pm The Guardian view on Trump and Jerusalem: undiplomatic diplomacy | Editorial
Donald Trump used to brag that he would bring his dealmaking skills to the world’s most intractable problems. Instead he has folded without a card being dealtThirty years ago this weekend the
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Beating Donald Trump to Time magazine Person of the Year is just the start | Bex Bailey 7 Dec 2017, 1:00am Beating Donald Trump to Time magazine Person of the Year is just the start | Bex Bailey
As one of the ‘silence breakers’ who shared my story of assault, I will continue fighting sexual harassment until effective action is taken against itI’ll be honest: it feels good to be one of the women who have beaten a misogynist such as Donald Trump to the title of Time magazine’s
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Why Donald Trump Would Regret Firing Robert Mueller 6 Dec 2017, 6:53pm Why Donald Trump Would Regret Firing Robert Mueller
The inquiry would go on anyway, and voters would trust the president even less.
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump and Jerusalem – cartoon 6 Dec 2017, 2:50pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump and Jerusalem – cartoon
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Trump’s error on Jerusalem is a disaster for the Arab world … and the US too | Rashid Khalidi 6 Dec 2017, 1:35pm Trump’s error on Jerusalem is a disaster for the Arab world … and the US too | Rashid Khalidi
The president’s foolish move in recognising the city as the capital of Israel will have negative consequences impossible to predictEvery time it seems Donald Trump cannot outdo himself, he does it again. Now he has announced that his administration
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Donald Trump’s Jerusalem statement is an act of diplomatic arson | Jonathan Freedland 6 Dec 2017, 5:59am Donald Trump’s Jerusalem statement is an act of diplomatic arson | Jonathan Freedland
The US president’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel turns a naked flame on the single most combustible issue in the conflictNot content with taking the US to the brink of nuclear conflict with North Korea, Donald Trump is now set to apply his strategy of international vandalism to perhaps the most sensitive geopolitical hotspot in the world. With a speech scheduled for later today that’s expected to
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Mueller investigation takes a big step closer to Donald Trump 2 Dec 2017, 7:05pm Mueller investigation takes a big step closer to Donald Trump
Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, is co-operating with the investigation into Russian influence in the White HouseFirst came the lie. Then came the cover-up. It’s a classic Washington two-step. And the news that Michael Flynn, a former White House national security adviser, has
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The Observer view of Trump’s insults to Britain | Observer editorial 2 Dec 2017, 7:05pm The Observer view of Trump’s insults to Britain | Observer editorial
US and UK interests are now highly divergent. Forget the ‘special relationship’Even for Donald Trump, a man whose tawdry personal conduct has frequently placed him beyond the pale, last week’s crass and odious behaviour marks a new low. By retweeting doctored
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What a moment to cut ourselves off from friends in Europe | Nick Cohen 2 Dec 2017, 1:15pm What a moment to cut ourselves off from friends in Europe | Nick Cohen
By putting their faith in Donald Trump, the Tories are blind to the truth about our alliance with AmericaTheresa May is reviled for her weakness. But, as so often, cliches deceive. No British prime minister has found the strength to condemn an American president as she condemned Donald Trump since the Anglo-American alliance began in the Second World War. Anthony Eden maintained a public silence as Eisenhower destroyed his premiership, and Britain’s imperial pretensions, when he stopped the Suez adventure of 1956. Harold Wilson ignored Lyndon Johnson’s pleas to send British troops to Vietnam. But he infuriated the radicals of the 1968 generation by diplomatically refusing to speak out against the war. Thatcher and Reagan, Major and Clinton had their private arguments about Grenada and the IRA. Nothing they said matches the forcefulness of May’s out, loud and proud denunciation of Trump for sharing the “
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In the age of Trump, it’s time to ditch the special relationship | Jonathan Freedland 1 Dec 2017, 2:36pm In the age of Trump, it’s time to ditch the special relationship | Jonathan Freedland
For too long Britain has been neurotic about its links to the US. The president’s hate-filled tweets must make us more hard-headedWhen Donald Trump took the oath of office, less than 11 months ago, the word of the hour was normalisation. Let’s not treat this man like a normal president, his US opponents said, because he’s not. You can’t, for example, assume that most of what he or his White House says is the truth – as you would for a normal occupant of that office – because he is a serial and proven liar. And sometimes it will not be enough to describe his words or deeds as “controversial” or “racially charged”, because the right word will be “racist”. For most of the past year, that normalisation debate has raged chiefly inside the US. But now it is a global question. Put simply, how should the peoples of the world handle Donald Trump?
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump: bullies never respect sycophants | Editorial 30 Nov 2017, 3:16pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump: bullies never respect sycophants | Editorial
Stop the state visit. Britain should not allow the US president’s racism to be dressed up in pageantryAll relationships have boundaries. Those between nations can be particularly fraught, freighted with ties forged in history and culture. In diplomacy the manners, customs and morals of others need to be acknowledged and respected. But humanity begins with acts, not just with thoughts. The question is how to deal with a man like Donald Trump, a taunting braggart with a weakness for flattery? The stakes are high: when nations fall out, people get hurt. By using social media as a flame-thrower, Mr Trump uses words as weapons.
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Britain First may be fringe, but its anti-Islam views aren’t | David Shariatmadari 30 Nov 2017, 11:50am Britain First may be fringe, but its anti-Islam views aren’t | David Shariatmadari
The row over whether the far-right group’s defenders should get airtime obscures an awkward fact: many Britons already fear and misunderstand MuslimsThe fringe anti-Muslim group Britain First is enjoying a burst of publicity after Donald Trump retweeted three of its propaganda videos. This has had the rare effect of uniting almost the entire British establishment in horror.
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump and Britain First – cartoon 29 Nov 2017, 3:31pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump and Britain First – cartoon
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Mick Mulvaney Is the True Pope 28 Nov 2017, 12:35pm Updated Mick Mulvaney Is the True Pope
Once again, naked progressive overreach sets Donald Trump up for a win.
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The US sanctions bill is a timebomb for Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin | Natalie Nougayrède 28 Nov 2017, 1:00am The US sanctions bill is a timebomb for Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin | Natalie Nougayrède
Congress now controls a process that is dangerous to both presidents – and the oligarchs, fearing targeted personal sanctions, are getting desperateIn Russia, propaganda-generated hope springs eternal, and no more so than at the news agency Tass. Europe is wising up to the fact that its sanctions policy against Russia is “senseless and futile”,
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The Guardian view on Taylor Swift: an envoy for Trump’s values? | Editorial 24 Nov 2017, 2:08pm The Guardian view on Taylor Swift: an envoy for Trump’s values? | Editorial
The world’s biggest pop star is not simply a product of the age but seems a messenger for its disturbing spiritIn the year since Donald Trump was elected, the entertainment world has been largely united in its disdain for his presidency. But a notable voice has been missing from the chorus: that of Taylor Swift, the world’s
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The Observer view on Saudi Arabia, the US and Yemen 18 Nov 2017, 7:05pm The Observer view on Saudi Arabia, the US and Yemen
While Yemen starves, Trump moves ever close to its tormenter, the headstrong ruler of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, is a young man in a hurry. So, too, is Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser. Together, they make a dangerous combination. By all accounts, the two men have become firm friends, forging a strong bond melding youth and power.
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Why should Trump care about thousands killed, when there are deals to be done? | Tina Cuyugan 14 Nov 2017, 8:46am Why should Trump care about thousands killed, when there are deals to be done? | Tina Cuyugan
The US and Philippine presidents have huge respect for each other, so it was no surprise to see Duterte’s ‘drug war’ ignored when he hosted the US presidentUnlikely as it may seem, Donald Trump and Rodrigo Duterte may have more in common than any other US and Philippine presidents in history. For one thing, they’re
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As Trump fawns over Xi, global politics is now a ‘strong man’ game | Will Hutton 11 Nov 2017, 7:05pm As Trump fawns over Xi, global politics is now a ‘strong man’ game | Will Hutton
Trade agreements are being torn up in a brutal exercise of economic force by the most powerfulIt was an extraordinary moment, so small wonder there was an audible intake of breath from the huge audience in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. Here was Donald Trump, visibly flattered by the pomp and magnificence of the welcome mounted by the Chinese Communist party, saying in his big speech
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After a year of Trump, good news for Europe – he doesn’t care about us | Natalie Nougayrède 11 Nov 2017, 1:00am After a year of Trump, good news for Europe – he doesn’t care about us | Natalie Nougayrède
In the absence of true engagement by the US president, Europe’s leaders have the chance to redefine their relationship with the White HouseOne year on, what has been the impact of Donald Trump on Europe? How have governments reacted to him? Though the scenario once feared of a populist tidal wave unleashed on the continent by Trump’s victory in the US did not materialise, it would be naive to think Europe’s problems have disappeared. Still, much has changed in that year. Remember how, on the day of Trump’s election, the leader of the French far-right, Marine Le Pen, tweeted elatedly: “Congratulations to the American people, free!” Florian Philippot, one of her close aides, cast the US political earthquake as a portent for liberal Europe: “Their world is crumbling,” he said. “Ours is being built.” One year on, not only has Le Pen suffered defeat at the ballot box, but she now finds herself struggling: her party split, her credibility in shambles.
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A Media Merger Is Mugged by Bureaucrats, Not Donald Trump 10 Nov 2017, 7:24pm A Media Merger Is Mugged by Bureaucrats, Not Donald Trump
A shocking possibility: Partisan politics will save the AT&T and Time Warner deal.
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We’ll never stop Brexit or Trump until we address the anger fuelling both | Jonathan Freedland 10 Nov 2017, 2:40pm We’ll never stop Brexit or Trump until we address the anger fuelling both | Jonathan Freedland
The economic hardship, alienation and loss that motivated so many have to be tackled. There’s no point obsessing over impeachment or a second referendumPerhaps we should call it the new special relationship. Liberal, enlightened types on each side of the Atlantic now share a common experience. While American progressives lament their fellow citizens’ decision to make Donald Trump president a year ago this week, their British counterparts have spent the same period gnashing their teeth over Brexit. When the two groups meet, they exchange apologies: “Don’t blame me,” they tell each other, “I voted the other way.”
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Nicola Jennings on Donald Trump, Twitter and China – cartoon 9 Nov 2017, 3:50pm Nicola Jennings on Donald Trump, Twitter and China – cartoon
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Trump ridiculed the losers. Now, at home and abroad, he is one of them | Martin Kettle 9 Nov 2017, 2:29pm Trump ridiculed the losers. Now, at home and abroad, he is one of them | Martin Kettle
Kowtowing in Beijing and a stunning election defeat to the Democrats show how steadily his power and influence are erodingIt is one of Donald Trump’s favourite and most sneering insults. He has used it publicly about such people as Cher, John McCain, Rosie O’Donnell and Jeb Bush. In Trumpworld, all these people have been dismissed in tweets as “losers”. Right now, though, there is only one big loser in Trumpworld, and that loser is President Trump himself.
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The Guardian view on Trump in China: a bromance unlikely to run smooth | Editorial 9 Nov 2017, 2:27pm The Guardian view on Trump in China: a bromance unlikely to run smooth | Editorial
The US president has been gushing about the Beijing stretch of his Asian tour. But strains in the bilateral relationship are growing with China’s ambitionsMao once observed that a revolution is not a dinner party. Neither are great power relations – even if they manifest temporarily as a lavish meal in the Forbidden City. Wednesday’s feast for Donald Trump was the first time the palace in central Beijing had hosted a banquet for a foreign leader since the Communist party took power in 1949. Beijing, adept at ladling on such flattery, pitched this leg of the US president’s Asia tour as
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Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump plans to crush little rocket man 9 Nov 2017, 1:10am Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump plans to crush little rocket man
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The Guardian view on elections in the US: cause for (cautious) celebration | Editorial 8 Nov 2017, 2:38pm The Guardian view on elections in the US: cause for (cautious) celebration | Editorial
Sizable victories for the Democrats in a series of races offer cheer after a year of Donald Trump. But the party should not feel too reassuredIt was the boost they needed. The jubilation of Democrats as they celebrated
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One year on, Donald Trump is still an illegitimate president | Rebecca Solnit 8 Nov 2017, 6:00am One year on, Donald Trump is still an illegitimate president | Rebecca Solnit
It is unlikely that the presidential election will be overturned, but that is not an argument against the case that it should be, writes
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Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump welcomes President Xi to China 8 Nov 2017, 1:10am Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump welcomes President Xi to China
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The Observer view on Donald Trump’s tour of Asia | Observer editorial 4 Nov 2017, 8:05pm The Observer view on Donald Trump’s tour of Asia | Observer editorial
The American president’s poor grasp of international relations, his bluster and his ‘America first’ rhetoric are unlikely to reap success in the face of Xi Jinping pragmatism The phrase “bull in a china shop” might have been coined to describe this week’s tour of Asia by Donald Trump. During last year’s presidential election campaign, he
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The Guardian view on Trump in Asia: brace yourselves | Editorial 2 Nov 2017, 3:40pm The Guardian view on Trump in Asia: brace yourselves | Editorial
The US president is about to embark on his first trip to the region. With tensions high over North Korea, and China asserting its ambitions, what will his ignorance and disdain for diplomatic subtlety bring?This weekend Donald Trump embarks on his first trip to Asia as president, and his longest foreign tour since he’s been in office. Over a week and a half he will visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. To say the region’s leaders are bracing themselves for potential displays of freakishness, provocation or incompetence is to put it mildly. If this is indeed the “Asian century”, the US president will nonetheless help determine how it unfolds. That can only be a cause for concern. Mr Trump has cultivated a reputation for unpredictability – or more often sheer inconsistency, as much as he has cultivated his ignorance or disdain for much of what US diplomacy has traditionally been about. Intense China-bashing over trade in his campaign was followed by
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Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump denies all knowledge 2 Nov 2017, 2:10am Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump denies all knowledge
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Donald Trump’s reaction to terror? To make America terrified again | Simon Jenkins 1 Nov 2017, 2:47pm Donald Trump’s reaction to terror? To make America terrified again | Simon Jenkins
The president promises further immigration controls, but there was no hint of ‘extreme vetting’ for gun-owners in the wake of the Las Vegas massacreDrive a truck down a New York street and knock people down, and you’re “
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We’re suckers for conspiracy theories – and it’s a sign of a deep social malaise | Hugo Drochon 1 Nov 2017, 5:10am We’re suckers for conspiracy theories – and it’s a sign of a deep social malaise | Hugo Drochon
It’s easy to be flippant about JFK and the moon landings. But the fake news and assumed truths that pervade our politics tell of something more worryingLast Thursday Donald Trump authorised the release of almost 3,000
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Resist the Temptation to Politicize Sex Scandals 31 Oct 2017, 6:00pm Resist the Temptation to Politicize Sex Scandals
The left’s excuses for Bill Clinton’s predatory behavior greased the skids for Donald Trump.
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump and George Papadopoulos – cartoon 31 Oct 2017, 4:57pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump and George Papadopoulos – cartoon
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How will Donald Trump respond to the Russia investigation? | Lawrence Douglas 31 Oct 2017, 6:00am How will Donald Trump respond to the Russia investigation? | Lawrence Douglas
We know how Trump behaves when cornered. His only defense is to attack – recklessly, mendaciously and unrelentingly Of the twelve counts enumerated in the indictment, the first stands out: “Conspiracy Against the United States.” Let us just take that in: The president’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, as well as the manager’s close associate, have been charged with serving as “unregistered agents of the Government of Ukraine” and its pro-Russian leader, Victor Yanukovych.
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Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump on Orange Lives Matter 31 Oct 2017, 3:00am Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump on Orange Lives Matter
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Trump, Assange, Bannon, Farage… bound together in an unholy alliance | Carole Cadwalladr 28 Oct 2017, 7:05pm Trump, Assange, Bannon, Farage… bound together in an unholy alliance | Carole Cadwalladr
The Wikileaks founder’s astonishing admission should prompt MPs finally to start asking questionsLast Wednesday, 11 months into Donald Trump’s new world order, in the first year of normalisation, a sudden unblurring of lines took place. A shift. A door of perception swung open. Because that was the day that the dramatis personae of two separate Trump-Russia scandals smashed headlong into one another. A high-speed news car crash between Cambridge Analytica and Wikileaks, the two organisations that arguably had the most impact on 2016, coming together last week in one head-spinning scoop.
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Why do all conversations lead to Trump? | Emma Brockes 27 Oct 2017, 1:00am Why do all conversations lead to Trump? | Emma Brockes
The US president has become the new Hitler: sooner or later it seems that all online discussions invoke his nameIt is a truism of the modern age that the world has become smaller, and that this is both a good and bad thing. Information is shared where once it was hoarded; multiplicities of voice are heard. And yet the result is often a kind of uniformity. I was thinking about the narrowing of the conversation this week, while browsing online for information about Edwardian England. What I came upon, time and again and on almost every website, were references to Donald Trump, analogies with Trump’s America and discussions that, after dispatching the subject to hand, inevitably turned to Trump.
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The Guardian view on Republican attacks on Trump: where are the others? 25 Oct 2017, 2:21pm The Guardian view on Republican attacks on Trump: where are the others?
Longstanding opponents of the US president have welcomed outspoken denunciations by senators from his party. But most are still complicitFor all those horrified by Donald Trump’s presidency – the multitudes both in the US and around the world – there is much to savour in the outspoken attacks made by two Republican senators. Jeff Flake and Bob Corker, liberated by impending retirement, launched a powerful dual attack on Tuesday: Mr Flake denounced Mr Trump’s
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Donald Trump Embraces the Drone Age 25 Oct 2017, 12:00pm Donald Trump Embraces the Drone Age
A presidential memo will encourage innovation in unmanned aircraft.
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The Business of Saving Lives 21 Oct 2017, 12:40am The Business of Saving Lives
Gilead Science’s executive chairman talks about the new era of biomedicine and why drugs cost so much, as Donald Trump has noticed.
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Who started the ‘Melania Trump body double’ conspiracy theory? Look no further 19 Oct 2017, 12:30pm Who started the ‘Melania Trump body double’ conspiracy theory? Look no further
Last week, I pondered on Twitter if the First Lady was actually a Second Lady. Within a week, this lone act of rogue content creation had made headlines around the world Finally, some fake news I can get behind. Indeed, I can’t help feeling it is fake news I am literally behind, having pointed out the top-level conspiracy last Friday evening, within seconds of NBC tweeting a video of Donald Trump being interviewed at a Secret Service training facility while Melania stood silently next to him. “Absolutely convinced Melania is being played by a Melania impersonator these days,”
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Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder shows where hatred of the media can lead | Jonathan Freedland 18 Oct 2017, 7:05am Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder shows where hatred of the media can lead | Jonathan Freedland
The Maltese journalist whose car was blown sky high was fiercely independent. She was also a member of the reviled mainstream mediaIn the roll call of unfashionable causes, defence of the MSM – the hated “mainstream media” – surely ranks close to the top. Bashing the press is now a guaranteed applause line on both the right and left. Donald Trump, who l
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Donald Trump is ripping up the alliances that keep the world safe. We must defend them | Natalie Nougayrède 17 Oct 2017, 2:24pm Donald Trump is ripping up the alliances that keep the world safe. We must defend them | Natalie Nougayrède
From the Iran deal to Unesco, the US president is undermining global cooperation. The fallout could be catastrophic, and Europe will not be immuneFive months ago, Donald Trump’s national security adviser HR McMaster penned a column
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Yes, Donald Trump can be removed from the US presidency. Here’s how | Jonathan Freedland 14 Oct 2017, 5:21am Updated Yes, Donald Trump can be removed from the US presidency. Here’s how | Jonathan Freedland
There are a lot of people hoping he’ll be turfed out of office soon – but first the Democrats have to start winning elections The bar is set so low for Donald Trump that every day he doesn’t trigger a nuclear confrontation with a distant adversary is seen as a bonus. Today was one such day, as Trump signalled that he would not, after all,
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The Free-Speech Wars 11 Oct 2017, 7:10pm The Free-Speech Wars
No one would mistake Donald Trump for James Madison, but stay tuned.
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump and Rex Tillerson – cartoon 10 Oct 2017, 3:26pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump and Rex Tillerson – cartoon
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Donald Trump’s demonisation of Iran is dishonest and dangerous | Michael Axworthy 6 Oct 2017, 7:31am Donald Trump’s demonisation of Iran is dishonest and dangerous | Michael Axworthy
The Iran nuclear deal is doing what it was designed to do. It is a force for stability in the unstable Middle East, and to endanger it is irresponsibleWhen Donald Trump first took office, unlike some people I felt he should, at least for a time, be given the benefit of the doubt. Democracy can throw up odd leaders – sometimes they are odd and incompetent, but sometimes they are odd and exceptionally good – great men and women whose departure from the norm in superficial ways is matched by a more important departure from the norm in greater insight, vision or charisma. I could never have voted for Trump, because to me it seemed plain that in his appearance and behaviour he seemed to be a spoilt child and a bully. But hey, I thought, perhaps he will surprise us. The circumstances of his election and his background could give him more freedom of action to address the problems of the US and the world, and perhaps he would rise to that challenge.
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Oh, Jeremy Corbyn! I bet you think this song is about you: my week at Labour’s love-in 27 Sep 2017, 10:50am Oh, Jeremy Corbyn! I bet you think this song is about you: my week at Labour’s love-in
The party’s conference was big on euphemisms for not winning the election and low on dissent, with everything unfortunate regarded as a conspiracy against Jeremy. What a difference a year makes! If you are a political archivist, there are two seriously covetable gigs in the world right now. The first is conceptualising the unprecedented annals facility that will one day be the Donald Trump Presidential Library. The second is collating the many different euphemisms for the Labour party having not won the recent general election. At party conference in Brighton, you gotta catch ’em all. “We didn’t lose,”
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The NFL now has a new offensive formation – it’s called Trump | Tim Dowling 26 Sep 2017, 3:26pm The NFL now has a new offensive formation – it’s called Trump | Tim Dowling
Rule changes to stop player concussion and brain disease? The president’s take is ‘they’re ruining the game’You can tell it’s about to happen when he pauses and juts his chin out: Donald Trump has decided to stop reading out the mildly crazy things on his autocue in order to say something totally crazy off the top of his head. He did it again at a rally
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Remember this about Donald Trump. He knows the depths of American bigotry | Gary Younge 26 Sep 2017, 2:00am Remember this about Donald Trump. He knows the depths of American bigotry | Gary Younge
Though the US president is under attack over the NFL players’ protest, he has a loyal base, and understands how to fuel their prejudicesTwo Sundays ago, after a night of tense confrontations,
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The protesting NFL players, not Donald Trump, are the true patriots | Suzanne Moore 25 Sep 2017, 12:11pm The protesting NFL players, not Donald Trump, are the true patriots | Suzanne Moore
The president can call for players to be disciplined if he wants, but with their superb and poignant gesture they are not the ones disrespecting the US“And the star-bangled banner in triumph shall wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave”. The words of America’s national anthem, uplifting as they may be, do what all anthems do: they reassure a nation of its own self-image. That image is now being contested by another that asks who really is free, who really is brave and who really is at home in Trump’s America.
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Amazon’s Alexa can tell you the meaning of life. But don’t ask about Donald Trump | Emma Brockes 22 Sep 2017, 7:58am Amazon’s Alexa can tell you the meaning of life. But don’t ask about Donald Trump | Emma Brockes
The Amazon Echo Dot will problem solve and tell stories supposedly written by Jared Leto. It ‘can’t find the answer’ to the US president, but who can?“Alexa! Tell me a story,” I said on Sunday night. I was alone in the house, talking to the
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It’s bad enough as a foster child without being demonised | Dawn Foster 21 Sep 2017, 1:00am It’s bad enough as a foster child without being demonised | Dawn Foster
The issue of young people in foster care only seems to make headlines when the story is negative. They and those who care for them deserve better One of the less welcome side-effects of the news in 2017 is that terror attacks now seem routine: the responses less drawn out, life quickly reverting to normal for those unaffected. After the failed Parsons Green bomb, the tube system swiftly ran again, and people in the capital carried on. Few demanded more powers be granted to the government – Donald Trump’s call to switch the internet off aside. But when arrests began, and it emerged that two of the suspects had shared a foster home, several TV news producers contacted me, as one of the few journalists who grew up in care, asking whether I would argue that the fostering system needed “tightening up” in an unspecified way. It’s unclear what answer they expected – their lack of familiarity with the intricacies of the
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump at the United Nations – cartoon 20 Sep 2017, 2:31pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump at the United Nations – cartoon
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Who’s the world’s leading eco-vandal? It’s Angela Merkel | George Monbiot 19 Sep 2017, 3:12pm Who’s the world’s leading eco-vandal? It’s Angela Merkel | George Monbiot
Ignore her reputation for supporting green initiatives. The German chancellor’s record on environmental policy has been a disasterWhich living person has done most to destroy the natural world and the future wellbeing of humanity? Donald Trump will soon be the correct answer, when the full force of his havoc has been felt. But for now I would place another name in the frame: Angela Merkel.
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The Guardian view on Trump at the UN: bluster and belligerence | Editorial 19 Sep 2017, 2:02pm The Guardian view on Trump at the UN: bluster and belligerence | Editorial
The US president is wrong to think that nations acting in their own self-interest would on their own create a more stable world. Countries need to work together under rules to which they agree to adhereWhatever its difficulties, the United Nations must surely be cherished. Founded in 1945 under US leadership after the defeat of Nazism and imperial Japan, the UN remains the central pillar of the global order. At its core has stood the ambition that peace, international security and human rights would be better protected than they were by the 1930s League of Nations (whose founding treaty the US Senate refused to ratify). The UN is the only existing forum where the representatives of all nation states can be brought together to try to address crises and common challenges. Donald Trump’s first address to the organisation’s annual general assembly was anticipated with dread by many – and rightly so. This US president is after all the first in history to have made heaping
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Trump calls Kim the aggressor – while trying to take down the Iran nuclear deal | Peter Westmacott 19 Sep 2017, 1:53pm Trump calls Kim the aggressor – while trying to take down the Iran nuclear deal | Peter Westmacott
The 2015 deal is a much-needed force for good. It’s vital that Britain and other nations convince the US hawks to retain itIn his speech to the United Nations general assembly on Tuesday, Donald Trump put “Rocket Man”, as he likes to call North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, on notice that
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China’s mood on North Korea is toughening – despite Trump’s bluster | Tania Branigan 17 Sep 2017, 12:11pm China’s mood on North Korea is toughening – despite Trump’s bluster | Tania Branigan
The US president’s incoherent rhetoric undermines many long-held certainties. Yet calls are growing in Beijing for stronger action against PyongyangEven a man as self-deluding and indifferent to truth as Donald Trump is unable to claim that his threats have cowed North Korea. Five weeks ago, he warned of “fire and fury”. Since then, Pyongyang has launched three missiles – two over Japan – and tested another nuclear bomb. Trump continues to wave his stick, talking on Friday of “effective and overwhelming” options, despite widespread warnings of the immense risk that they would bring catastrophe, not least for US allies and service people. Allies fear he is genuinely willing to take military action. Most probably, he believes he will not need to do so: if only he keeps shouting, the North Koreans will fall into line eventually.
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A true game-changing week for Trump? Only if Democrats keep stroking his ego | Michael Cohen 16 Sep 2017, 7:05pm A true game-changing week for Trump? Only if Democrats keep stroking his ego | Michael Cohen
Some say an ‘independent’ president has emerged but predictions are hard when he barely knows his own mindThe Donald Trump presidency is a lot like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re gonna get. My apologies from the outset for using a line from probably the worst film (
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Is it wrong to call Trump a white supremacist? | Ameer Hasan Loggins 16 Sep 2017, 11:18am Is it wrong to call Trump a white supremacist? | Ameer Hasan Loggins
When ESPN’s Jemele Hill tweeted that the president was a white supremacist, she created a storm that reached all the way to the White House. But was she wrong? On Monday evening ESPN’s Jemele Hill broke the internet, as they say, when she tweeted: “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.” This didn’t go down too well in Washington DC. The White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said this was a “fireable offense.”
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Martin Rowson on Donald Trump and natural disasters – cartoon 11 Sep 2017, 3:05pm Martin Rowson on Donald Trump and natural disasters – cartoon
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Trump cut a deal with the Democrats. Is a new era upon us? | Ross Barkan 7 Sep 2017, 12:21pm Trump cut a deal with the Democrats. Is a new era upon us? | Ross Barkan
The president cut a deal with Democratic leaders because even he understood that holding up disaster relief was cruel and idiotic. His party is furious Is this the beginning of a new Donald Trump? The president, who has governed like a rightwing Republican and terrified vulnerable people everywhere, struck a deal with Democratic congressional leaders on Wednesday to lift the debt limit and finance the government until the middle of December.
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Liberals can’t hope to beat Trump until they truly understand him | John Harris 30 Aug 2017, 2:15pm Liberals can’t hope to beat Trump until they truly understand him | John Harris
Rightwing populists are operating according to different rules. If everything is a circus, who cares about bread?This week brought a fascinating spectacle indeed: Donald Trump telling the unvarnished truth. The occasion was a
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Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and tropical storm Harvey – cartoon 29 Aug 2017, 3:18pm Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and tropical storm Harvey – cartoon
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Why are the crucial questions about Hurricane Harvey not being asked? | George Monbiot 29 Aug 2017, 9:33am Why are the crucial questions about Hurricane Harvey not being asked? | George Monbiot
This is a manmade climate-related disaster. To ignore this ensures our greatest challenge goes unanswered and helps push the world towards catastropheIt is not only Donald Trump’s government that
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At last, Labour has wrested control of the Brexit debate from the Tories | Zoe Williams 27 Aug 2017, 1:27pm At last, Labour has wrested control of the Brexit debate from the Tories | Zoe Williams
The Conservatives’ internal divisions were wreaking havoc on the UK. Keir Starmer’s intervention has brought this period to an endSo an Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman all walk into a pub. Then the Englishman wants to leave for no reason, and they all have to. My kid told me that joke. Between laconic Brexiteries and a whole new constellation of insults around the name and concept of Donald Trump, I have reluctantly concluded that I preferred life when children at primary school had less political awareness. Didn’t dream about the third world war. Didn’t do roleplays where one of them is a wall and the other a Mexican. Things just felt a bit more stable.
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The Observer view on US strategy in Afghanistan 27 Aug 2017, 6:28am The Observer view on US strategy in Afghanistan
If we do not have a reasonably competent, friendly government in Kabul, nothing the west achieves will last. Ignoring the Afghan nation’s needs is not an option Donald Trump’s view on the conflict in Afghanistan was highly critical in 2011 when he tweeted that the US was
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Why Donald Trump pardoned the unpardonable Joe Arpaio 26 Aug 2017, 1:05pm Why Donald Trump pardoned the unpardonable Joe Arpaio
In pardoning the former sheriff of Maricopa County, our president sided with a lawless renegade over our federal judiciary and the constitution itself Who will go first, President Trump or our constitutional order? The question presses after the president’s most recent affront to our system of governance, his
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We thought the Nazi threat was dead. But Donald Trump has revived it | Jonathan Freedland 25 Aug 2017, 2:14pm We thought the Nazi threat was dead. But Donald Trump has revived it | Jonathan Freedland
The US president’s praise for the racists who marched in Charlottesville has broken a precious and necessary tabooThe word from the White House is that the events at Charlottesville are behind them now, and they’re ready to move on. Sure, there is still some fallout from the 12 August march by neo-Nazis, white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan, as well as from Donald Trump’s subsequent declaration that those racists and fascists who carried flaming torches and swastika flags included some “
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Trump’s posturing on Pakistan is a gift to China | Abhishek Parajuli 23 Aug 2017, 11:19am Trump’s posturing on Pakistan is a gift to China | Abhishek Parajuli
Instead of maintaining a policy of careful diplomacy, the US president’s attack on the country has gifted China greater influence in an unstable regionXi Jinping, the Chinese president, is not a man predisposed to smiling. And yet, as I watched Donald Trump
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Are old photos of ‘westernised’ Afghan women driving Trump’s foreign policy? | Rossalyn Warren 23 Aug 2017, 10:31am Are old photos of ‘westernised’ Afghan women driving Trump’s foreign policy? | Rossalyn Warren
Donald Trump’s feigned concern for women’s rights, apparently based on a handful of photos from the 1970s, is no substitute for actual research and expertiseIn a televised address to troops in Virginia on Monday night, President Trump outlined his plan to
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump and Afghanistan – cartoon 22 Aug 2017, 3:37pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump and Afghanistan – cartoon
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Too many have died in Afghanistan already. Trump must not draw us back | Owen Jones 22 Aug 2017, 7:46am Too many have died in Afghanistan already. Trump must not draw us back | Owen Jones
If history tells us anything it is that the west cannot win this bloody conflict. The UK must refuse to become embroiled againThe test of any professed opposition to Donald Trump is what response is forthcoming when he starts dropping bombs or sending soldiers to die. There were those who spoke in grave tones about Trump’s threat to world peace – even implying he was an American Hitler – but got teary eyed as soon as sent missiles hurtling
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The Guardian view on Steve Bannon’s departure: a presidency in eclipse | Editorial 21 Aug 2017, 1:34pm The Guardian view on Steve Bannon’s departure: a presidency in eclipse | Editorial
The most combative White House aide has gone. Less a victory for moderation than a win for Wall Street, the generals and low tax RepublicansIn some civilisations, eclipses of the sun have always been seen as powerful portents. Awe-struck humans have even been known to respond with a human sacrifice, designed to appease deities who could make the land dark. If Donald Trump’s sacking of his chief strategist
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Alone on his pedestal - cartoon 20 Aug 2017, 6:18am Alone on his pedestal - cartoon
Chris Riddell on Donald Trump’s response to white supremacist violence in Charlotteville
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The Observer view on Donald Trump’s presidency | Observer editorial 19 Aug 2017, 7:15pm The Observer view on Donald Trump’s presidency | Observer editorial
An increasingly isolated Trump cuts a pathetic and forlorn figureThe departure of
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump and Confederate statues – cartoon 17 Aug 2017, 3:36pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump and Confederate statues – cartoon
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Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump reassures the nation 17 Aug 2017, 1:00am Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump reassures the nation
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump: beyond the moral pale | Editorial 16 Aug 2017, 2:46pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump: beyond the moral pale | Editorial
The US president has gone even further than before in condoning the racist right. He must pay the price, at home and abroadIn his angry and undignified press conference on Tuesday night,
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Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and Charlottesville – cartoon 13 Aug 2017, 4:38pm Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and Charlottesville – cartoon
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump and racism: a moral failure that shames America | Editorial 13 Aug 2017, 2:32pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump and racism: a moral failure that shames America | Editorial
No previous US president of modern times would have failed to condemn his country’s white nationalists. This one didAs George W Bush’s speechwriter
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The Observer view on North Korea and the role of the UN | Observer editorial 12 Aug 2017, 7:05pm The Observer view on North Korea and the role of the UN | Observer editorial
Trump’s rhetoric is a danger to the world. Higher authorities must actBarely a day passes without a reminder of Donald Trump’s unfitness for America’s highest office. The president’s performance during the past week has plumbed new depths of irrationality and ineptitude, even by the low standards he has set since January. Trump’s random, splenetic
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Tory Brexit policy is chaotic. The fightback must begin at once | David Miliband 12 Aug 2017, 4:30pm Tory Brexit policy is chaotic. The fightback must begin at once | David Miliband
Democracy did not end in June last year. It is essential MPs have a say on the future or the country may be driven off a cliffFor many years Britons and Americans have been proud of the quality of their governance. Yet today our politics and government are setting new standards for dysfunction. Rather than stability and global leadership there is confusion. The US is suffering from a serious inability to legislate. There is a genuine risk of the country defaulting on its debts. Jeb Bush called Donald Trump the “chaos candidate”, but as the American writer
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Trump is the past. Clean energy is the future for America and the planet | Rahwa Ghirmatzion and Mark Ruffalo 12 Aug 2017, 6:00am Trump is the past. Clean energy is the future for America and the planet | Rahwa Ghirmatzion and Mark Ruffalo
Across America, families, businesses, churches and other community groups are turning their back on fossil fuels – for good. There is no going back now Donald Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the historic Paris climate agreement and turn his back on the other 194 countries that signed it leaves him isolated on the world stage. But Trump is also isolated from the very Americans he purports to lead, and here lies hope. Across America, families, businesses, churches, institutions and governments are busy building a clean energy future. And no president can stop that.
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Martin Rowson on Donald Trump’s North Korea threat – cartoon 11 Aug 2017, 1:06pm Martin Rowson on Donald Trump’s North Korea threat – cartoon
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Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un – cartoon 10 Aug 2017, 3:09pm Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un – cartoon
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Five handy tips for survival after the Apocalypse | Jack Bernhardt 10 Aug 2017, 6:46am Five handy tips for survival after the Apocalypse | Jack Bernhardt
It’s a bummer that Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un may be heralding in the end of the world. But it’s not all bad … is it?Ah well, we had a good run, didn’t we? I always thought the world would be destroyed by global warming, or some kind of computer virus, or
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The Guardian view on North Korea: careless talk costs credibility, and perhaps lives | Editorial 9 Aug 2017, 3:09pm The Guardian view on North Korea: careless talk costs credibility, and perhaps lives | Editorial
Donald Trump’s warnings of ‘fire and fury’ will only make it harder to tackle the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear programmeIt is not reassuring when the US secretary of state has to reassure his country that it is not on the brink of war. “I think Americans should sleep well at night,” Rex Tillerson
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Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and North Korea – cartoon 9 Aug 2017, 2:36pm Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and North Korea – cartoon
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The Guardian view on sanctions: an essential tool | Editorial 6 Aug 2017, 1:47pm The Guardian view on sanctions: an essential tool | Editorial
Neither pure diplomacy nor outright war, sanctions are often better than bothLast week Donald Trump grudgingly signed what he described as a
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Donald Trump, look behind you – cartoon 5 Aug 2017, 7:05pm Donald Trump, look behind you – cartoon
Chris Riddell on the US president and the Russian bear that just won’t go away
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Martin Rowson on Donald Trump’s Russia links – cartoon 4 Aug 2017, 1:50pm Martin Rowson on Donald Trump’s Russia links – cartoon
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I don’t empathise with Scaramucci. But political pranksters aren’t funny | Peter Bradshaw 2 Aug 2017, 11:15am I don’t empathise with Scaramucci. But political pranksters aren’t funny | Peter Bradshaw
Donald Trump’s ex-comms chief got wound up into a volcanic rage by a hoaxer – yet hoaxing can sometimes have devastating consequencesWouldn’t you need a heart of stone not to laugh along with “
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Donald Trump’s views on Britain show him up for the narcissist he is | Jonathan Freedland 2 Aug 2017, 6:33am Donald Trump’s views on Britain show him up for the narcissist he is | Jonathan Freedland
In the leaked interview that the Wall Street Journal didn’t publish, Trump’s confused ramblings on a post-Brexit US trade deal leave us none the wiserThere is, inevitably, much to feast on in the full transcript of the Wall Street Journal’s interview with Donald Trump, which that paper did not want published but which was leaked to Politico and is now
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As the US and EU square off over Russia sanctions, only Putin can win | Natalie Nougayrède 31 Jul 2017, 12:29pm As the US and EU square off over Russia sanctions, only Putin can win | Natalie Nougayrède
Instead of applauding Washington’s moves against Putin, the EU is furious. Russia’s leader is again profiting from the craziness around Donald Trump
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The Observer view on Donald Trump’s unfitness for office | Observer editorial 29 Jul 2017, 7:10pm The Observer view on Donald Trump’s unfitness for office | Observer editorial
The incompetence and infighting at the White House dismay America’s allies and encourage its enemies The sense of things falling apart in Washington is palpable – and a matter of growing, serious international concern. Donald Trump’s latest asinine act of gesture politics, the
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Is the American republic built to withstand a malevolent president? | Michael Goldfarb 29 Jul 2017, 7:05pm Is the American republic built to withstand a malevolent president? | Michael Goldfarb
The principle of common good underpins the constitution. Donald Trump is gleefully shredding that idealThe Trump administration, having passed the six-month milestone in office, kicked off the next phase of his presidency with an explosion of crazy, spread over the past seven days. Like sweeps week on
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Trump is a coward. At least it limits the damage he does | Jill Abramson 26 Jul 2017, 7:36am Trump is a coward. At least it limits the damage he does | Jill Abramson
Despite all the bluster, insults and bullying, Donald Trump is too scared to fire Jeff Sessions, instead subjecting him to a dripfeed of humiliation
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Theresa May’s biggest mistake? Tying herself to a sinking Donald Trump | Jonathan Freedland 12 Jul 2017, 7:02am Theresa May’s biggest mistake? Tying herself to a sinking Donald Trump | Jonathan Freedland
The rush to lash Britain’s fortunes to the US president was always humiliating. Now, after Donald Trump Jr’s Russian revelations, it looks even worse
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Donald Trump Jr offers the closest thing to a smoking gun | Lawrence Douglas 12 Jul 2017, 3:00am Donald Trump Jr offers the closest thing to a smoking gun | Lawrence Douglas
Let us assume that Donald Jr is telling the truth about not receiving any ‘dirt’ on Hillary Clinton. He still remains a hapless conspirator to receive stolen goods Imagine a criminal accused of conspiring to receive stolen property. At trial, the accused testifies that he hired a big truck to carry away the goods, but when he arrived at the stash all he found was worthless garbage. I might feel for the hapless criminal, but his guilt would not be in question. This is much the situation that Donald Trump, Jr finds himself in – by his own admission.
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The Guardian view on Trump and Putin: mind games and the risk of a misstep | Editorial 6 Jul 2017, 3:02pm The Guardian view on Trump and Putin: mind games and the risk of a misstep | Editorial
The US and Russian presidents are expected to hold their first meeting as leaders on Friday. Vladimir Putin is a master of detail and adept in manoeuvres. Donald Trump had better read his briefing notesDonald Trump is expected to hold
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The Guardian view on North Korea: burgers not bombs | Editorial 4 Jul 2017, 2:59pm The Guardian view on North Korea: burgers not bombs | Editorial
Pyongyang’s latest missile launch is a potent reminder that little time is left to slow the North’s weapons programme. Talks are unpalatable – but necessaryThe prospect of sitting down to hamburgers with Kim Jong-un, as aired by Donald Trump, is not appetising. But North Korea’s latest missile launch should remind the United States that it can’t wait for him to eat humble pie, nor expect China to take his lunch away. Pyongyang’s bold claims of a successful intercontinental ballistic missile test don’t have to be absolutely accurate to be alarming. The US military has suggested it was an intermediate-range missile, though
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If Donald Trump tries a ‘sneak’ visit to Britain, he’ll find himself unwelcome | Suzanne Moore 3 Jul 2017, 8:22am If Donald Trump tries a ‘sneak’ visit to Britain, he’ll find himself unwelcome | Suzanne Moore
Trump is now openly mocked and hated anywhere outside his protected space. This US presidency is tarnished, and the government should want no part of itDonald Trump was keen, it is said, to be driven in the Queen’s gold-plated carriage down the Mall to Buckingham Palace
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump in Europe: an edgy welcome awaits | Editorial 2 Jul 2017, 1:39pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump in Europe: an edgy welcome awaits | Editorial
A united European front, not pandering, is the right response to the US president’s visitDonald Trump is coming back to Europe this week. The US president will first go to Warsaw for a major speech before arriving in Hamburg for the
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If you think the EU should stand up to Trump, it must stand up to China | Natalie Nougayrède 1 Jul 2017, 2:00am If you think the EU should stand up to Trump, it must stand up to China | Natalie Nougayrède
The scandalous treatment of nobel prizewinner Liu Xiaobo means Europe has to challenge President Xi over human rights at next week’s G20 summitNext week Donald Trump and the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, travel to Europe for a
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Trump was sleazy with a reporter. Her awkward laugh felt all too familiar | Jessica Valenti 29 Jun 2017, 6:50am Trump was sleazy with a reporter. Her awkward laugh felt all too familiar | Jessica Valenti
Women know from experience that, if a man says something sexual or inappropriate, calling him out is not always the best move If there’s one thing women know how to do well, it’s deftly handle lecherous men. That’s why it didn’t surprise me when reporter Caitriona Perry laughed and smiled as Donald Trump made inappropriate comments towards her in the Oval Office. She was doing what we’ve all done, so many times over - trying to defuse an uncomfortable situation. Trump, who was on the phone with the Irish Prime Minister at the time, asked Perry to come towards his desk while he called her “beautiful” and remarked on her “nice smile.” He then said to newly-elected Leo Varadkar, “I bet she treats you well.”
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Should Trump Abandon the GOP? 28 Jun 2017, 6:22pm Should Trump Abandon the GOP?
Donald Trump may separate himself from a party disabled by a permanent blocking minority.
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Need to strike a tough deal? Here’s how to channel your inner Arlene Foster | Jack Bernhardt 28 Jun 2017, 8:35am Need to strike a tough deal? Here’s how to channel your inner Arlene Foster | Jack Bernhardt
The DUP leader squeezed £1.5bn out of the Tories by a variety of means. But it certainly helped that in Theresa May, she was up against a wounded pushoverHistory is full of great dealmakers: Harry Truman at the Potsdam conference, the banker from Deal or No Deal, not Donald Trump, that guy who sold London Bridge to that American who thought he was buying Tower Bridge and then got it home and he was, like, “Aw, this bridge is boring, I wanted the one that goes up in the middle, phooey”... the list goes on. This week we add another name to that list: Arlene Isabel Foster, the leader of the DUP. Foster secured a scarcely believable
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Civil war is raging inside the Democratic party 24 Jun 2017, 7:13pm Civil war is raging inside the Democratic party
Last week’s defeat in a high-profile congressional contest sparked a tough fight over the heart of the Democratic party. Heather Cox Richardson, Jean Hannah Edelstein and Michael Cohen look at what the future might hold America is in the middle of a major political realignment. While the focus is on the Republican party’s internecine fight among corporate realists, political ideologues and the wild-card president, it is a mistake to assume that the Democrats are going to sweep into office in 2018 and 2020 to replace the corroding Republicans. The Democrats are also in a profound struggle over their future. The 2016 election marked the end of a political era. Just as Republicans expecting an easy nomination of Jeb Bush in 2016 were blindsided by the rise of charismatic outsider Donald Trump, so too were Democrats expecting the easy nomination of Hillary Clinton surprised by a powerful challenge from elderly Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders. Both Trump and Sanders ran on powerful populist messages, slashing at politics-as-usual and bemoaning that Washington served the wealthy. Democratic primary rules put in place after the party’s disastrous nomination of South Dakota senator George McGovern in 1972 meant that, unlike Republicans leaders who were incapable of stopping Trump, establishment Democrats could hold off the Sanders surge. But the insurgency opened a rift in the party.
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Dennis Rodman treats Kim Jong-un to some slam-dunk love | Barbara Ellen 17 Jun 2017, 7:04pm Dennis Rodman treats Kim Jong-un to some slam-dunk love | Barbara Ellen
A book by Donald Trump was among the former basketball player’s gifts for his ‘friend for life’ last week Say what you like about the former
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In Trump’s America, a thick-headed man’s incredibly thin skin is threatening free speech 13 Jun 2017, 11:16am In Trump’s America, a thick-headed man’s incredibly thin skin is threatening free speech
Reza Aslan was sacked by CNN for insulting the president; the Public Theatre in New York lost sponsorship over its Trump-themed production of Julius Caesar – a sacred American right is under threat Is criticising Donald Trump becoming a punishable offence in the US? Recent events suggest it might be. Take author and TV host Reza Aslan, for example, who described the president as “a piece of shit” in a tweet (now deleted). The scatological comparison wasn’t just for kicks and giggles, but apropos Trump using the most recent terrorist attack in London as propaganda for his Muslim travel ban. As it turns out, comparing Trump to a turd on Twitter isn’t a good career move. CNN quickly cut ties with Aslan and
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From Russia With Chaos 12 Jun 2017, 7:14pm From Russia With Chaos
Vladimir Putin doesn’t support Donald Trump. He supports American political paralysis.
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The Observer view on Donald Trump’s state visit to Britain | Observer editorial 10 Jun 2017, 7:08pm The Observer view on Donald Trump’s state visit to Britain | Observer editorial
By his every deed, the US president proves he should not be welcome hereDonald Trump is not a fit and proper person to hold the office of president of the United States. That is a view widely held in the US and among America’s European allies, by politicians and diplomats in government and by rank-and-file voters repelled by his gross egoism, narcissism and what Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, has rightly termed his “
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Across the world, voters need to imagine a positive future, to be part of something | Ngaire Woods 10 Jun 2017, 7:05pm Across the world, voters need to imagine a positive future, to be part of something | Ngaire Woods
Mainstream politics is struggling to keep up with the changes in people’s livesThe world’s electorates are confounding what we thought we knew about voters and voting. Neither Brexit nor Donald Trump was on the cards. Nor, until the very last moment, was a Labour surge predicted in last week’s election. Explanations are forming. The rise of populism and a disenchantment with globalisation are blamed. But what is actually changing in politics and what do we really know? People have found their lives transformed since 2008, but establishment politics have not kept pace with the change. A downturn in economic growth and technological change have caused a precariousness in employment, a loss of social status and a sense of being culturally imperilled. Across the world, the results are being felt as people use their one remaining weapon – their vote – to voice their discontent.
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We worry about Trump, but rush to embrace the Qataris | Catherine Bennett 10 Jun 2017, 7:04pm We worry about Trump, but rush to embrace the Qataris | Catherine Bennett
Given royal willingness to socialise with Qatar’s elite, it seems unfair to deny the US president an invitationIn the depths of her humiliation, there is at least, for Theresa May, the consolation of never again having to touch Donald Trump’s hyperactive little paw. Better than that, actually: his state visit, the mass protests, insult to London, risks to royal pussy and all, will, surely, be someone else’s problem. For that over-hasty invitation presumably still stands, even after Trump’s insults to the mayor of London, and it seems unthinkable that Trump will pass up the chance of a Queen selfie for his man cave. Not when we know, courtesy of Gove’s extended homage, that, like a gigantic, particularly desperate bowerbird, the president has thus far had been content to ornament this retreat with trophies of piercing awfulness. A big photograph of him flashing his teeth at Balmoral would look fine next to the ageing
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8 Jun 2017, 3:21am James Comey and the Fear of Being Alone With Donald Trump
The key challenge for James Comey’s successor will be to protect the agency’s independence....
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The Guardian view on Trump’s Middle East: unsafe | Editorial 7 Jun 2017, 3:12pm The Guardian view on Trump’s Middle East: unsafe | Editorial
When the drumbeat of war sounds, the world’s superpower usually takes away the drumsticks. But not Donald TrumpThe past is past. Either we learn from it or we don’t. Donald Trump seems not to be bothered about the lessons of yesteryear. The braggart US president is intent on making history, by misgoverning on a global scale. Mr Trump has stirred the roiling cauldron of Middle East politics, and not lightly but with careless vigour.
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If Trump visits, let’s greet him with the chorus of mocking middle fingers he deserves | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett 6 Jun 2017, 7:35am If Trump visits, let’s greet him with the chorus of mocking middle fingers he deserves | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
Benny Hill music, inflatable chodes and kazoos? After insulting Sadiq Khan, we must get truly British and welcome the US president with a festival of piss-takingDoes there remain a single potential act of human idiocy that, by this point, would surprise any of us were it committed by Donald Trump? Trump’s
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The Guardian view on Trump’s state visit to the UK: his invitation should be rescinded | Editorial 5 Jun 2017, 2:25pm The Guardian view on Trump’s state visit to the UK: his invitation should be rescinded | Editorial
Theresa May has been too quick to dodge public confrontation with Donald Trump, and she’s sidestepped the difficult questions on whether police cuts have undermined national security“Nothing is more important than keeping our country safe,” Theresa May declared today. Yet she and her ministers spent the day sidestepping difficult questions in the wake of
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The Republican party – not Trump – is the biggest obstacle to climate action | Naomi Oreskes 5 Jun 2017, 10:29am The Republican party – not Trump – is the biggest obstacle to climate action | Naomi Oreskes
Republicans have been resisting action on climate change for just about as long as scientists have been asking the world to do something about it As America and the world attempt to fathom the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, most of us are blaming Donald Trump. On one level this is obviously correct. During the presidential election campaign, Mr. Trump pledged, if elected, to pull the U.S. out of the accord; he has now made good on that pledge. Withdrawal from the Paris agreement is also consistent with his belligerent personality and isolationist approach to foreign policy. Yet there is a larger context that needs to be understood if we are to find a way forward.
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The US is the biggest loser on the planet thanks to Trump’s calamitous act | Vicki Arroyo 3 Jun 2017, 7:05pm The US is the biggest loser on the planet thanks to Trump’s calamitous act | Vicki Arroyo
His withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement belittles his country, but could galvanise the worldLife here in the US feels surreal lately, like a very bad reality TV show, thanks to Donald Trump. In no case is this more evident than the president’s decision – and the process and theatre around it – to abandon the Paris climate agreement and nearly every other country in the world. The Paris agreement was a groundbreaking deal that allowed each country to decide its own contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Even though it is non-binding, the agreement puts the world on the path to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2C, which scientists warn would be disastrous for our planet.
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Trump asked when the world will start laughing at the US. It already is 2 Jun 2017, 6:09am Trump asked when the world will start laughing at the US. It already is
As he withdrew from the Paris climate deal, the president wondered ‘at what point does America get demeaned?’ But he’s doing it all himself After a week of Donald Trump’s diplomacy, one thing is impressively clear: the US is not Montenegro. It won’t get pushed around by some bigger leader who wants to get ahead of the rest of the pack.
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China and the EU confront Trump on climate change. May just fawns over him | Ed Davey 1 Jun 2017, 1:16pm China and the EU confront Trump on climate change. May just fawns over him | Ed Davey
The Paris agreement is facing a mortal, US-led threat. But at this crucial moment, our prime minister is, once again, absent, silent and weakThe most important international agreement to tackle climate change is about to be dealt a severe blow – but Theresa May is nowhere to be found. Donald Trump is expected to withdraw the
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Trump smashes things like a toddler. Will the Paris agreement be next? | Ross Barkan 1 Jun 2017, 8:18am Trump smashes things like a toddler. Will the Paris agreement be next? | Ross Barkan
Despite fancying himself as some kind of master builder, he has only shown himself to be a dismantler, a destroyer Donald Trump doesn’t give much thought to his legacy because he has little interest in living outside the blinding present. Ideas and impulses come and go, defining national policy, rendering past and future meaningless. Now the world trembles as this erratic president mulls whether to withdraw from a climate change accord that may determine the course of the century. If Trump moves to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, as he once vowed to do as a candidate, he would successfully undercut global efforts to avert a coming catastrophe. As the world’s largest economy and second largest greenhouse gas polluter, the United States cannot unilaterally destroy the 195-nation pact, but it can encourage other nations more skeptical of the deal, like India and the Philippines, to follow suit.
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Covfefe is a word now. Deal with it | David Shariatmadari 31 May 2017, 9:38am Covfefe is a word now. Deal with it | David Shariatmadari
Donald Trump’s late-night typo has the potential to change the English language. But just how big will the word no one can pronounce get? Covfefe is the word on everyone’s lips. Or rather, it would be if people knew how to say it. You see, this latest contender for 2017’s “word of the year” (see also:
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31 May 2017, 3:21am Updated Donald Trump’s Insult to History
The president beat up on NATO and walked away, leaving a leadership vacuum for others to fill....
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Donald Trump is not blameless when white supremacists slaughter people | Moustafa Bayoumi 30 May 2017, 10:11am Donald Trump is not blameless when white supremacists slaughter people | Moustafa Bayoumi
Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric gives attacks like those in Portland legitimacy. When the president pours fuel on the fire, where does it stop? Jeremy Christian, an avowed white supremacist with a
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Which the bigger threat, Russia or Isis? | Mary Dejevsky 30 May 2017, 8:56am Which the bigger threat, Russia or Isis? | Mary Dejevsky
John McCain is sure it’s Putin. There’s room for argument, but he’s right about one thing: our perception of the danger posed by Isis is skewedIt is a brave critic who takes on the veteran US senator John McCain, doubly so if the argument has to do with the military or defence. A Vietnam war hero, with decades under his belt on the Senate armed services committee, he is someone you challenge at your peril. A Republican of a traditional stamp, he has been one of Donald Trump’s doughtiest adversaries in Washington. For all the personal and professional respect McCain inspires, however, he has just come a bit of a cropper. His assertion – during a tour of Australia – that he
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Donald Trump’s vulgarity, arrogance and rudeness is uniting Europe | Natalie Nougayrède 29 May 2017, 2:42pm Donald Trump’s vulgarity, arrogance and rudeness is uniting Europe | Natalie Nougayrède
The US president’s tour was a stark reminder of how he embodies everything the EU is meant to stand up againstDonald Trump’s
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Angela Merkel: this is how the leader of the free world should act | Suzanne Moore 29 May 2017, 8:02am Angela Merkel: this is how the leader of the free world should act | Suzanne Moore
There’s a statesmanship – a vision, a morality and a core – to her that was thrown into sharp relief by Donald Trump’s shambling visit to EuropeAngela Merkel – or “leader of the free world” as she is now to be known – did not wait long to see the back of Donald Trump before she made it clear that things have changed. She told a rally of 2,500 people in Munich where she kicked off her campaign to be re-elected that the EU must now be prepared to look after itself, that it could
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The Guardian view on defence and the election: where’s the debate gone? | Editorial 28 May 2017, 12:48pm The Guardian view on defence and the election: where’s the debate gone? | Editorial
The Conservatives are too complacent about defence to face big choices. It’s the opposition parties who are posing the serious questionsIssues of national defence were predicted to loom large in the 2017 election. Theresa May’s claims to be uniquely qualified to take big decisions about security issues were central to the pitch with which she began the campaign. Jeremy Corbyn’s opposition to nuclear weapons and British military engagements were set to be a favoured Tory target. In addition, in the middle of the election, Donald Trump, who may be president of the United States until 2025, came to Europe to
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The Observer view on Donald Trump’s Middle East visit | Observer editorial 27 May 2017, 7:05pm The Observer view on Donald Trump’s Middle East visit | Observer editorial
The US president displays woeful ignorance by making a bogeyman of IranOne of the key questions posed by Donald Trump’s presidency is whether you can believe what he says and even whether he believes it himself. This dilemma was evident last week during his visits to the Middle East and Europe. In a speech in Saudi Arabia, Trump
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The Guardian view on press freedom: protecting the people’s right to know | Editorial 25 May 2017, 2:42pm The Guardian view on press freedom: protecting the people’s right to know | Editorial
Donald Trump’s demonisation of the media is bad news for the public, not just journalistsA Montana court will soon consider the charge of misdemeanour assault against Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte
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What is the most backhanded present you have given or received? | Rachel Obordo 25 May 2017, 11:01am What is the most backhanded present you have given or received? | Rachel Obordo
The pope has given Trump his latest work on the environment and climate change. We want to hear about your gifts that sent a message Pope Francis dropped “a few big hints with his presents” to Donald Trump during
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Is this real life? Or is this a cabaret of the Von Trump family on tour? | Van Badham 25 May 2017, 2:42am Is this real life? Or is this a cabaret of the Von Trump family on tour? | Van Badham
It was suggested this week that Melania and Ivanka Trump were a symbol of ‘feminine power’. Do me a favour The first overseas tour of America’s first family has provided journalists, internet wags and those convinced that the end of the world is nigh with rich material for discussion and comment. As Donald Trump doubles down
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From 9/11 to Manchester 24 May 2017, 6:30pm From 9/11 to Manchester
Donald Trump found out something about the presidency and the world on this trip.
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The Guardian view on Trumpian diplomacy: not up to much | Editorial 24 May 2017, 2:16pm The Guardian view on Trumpian diplomacy: not up to much | Editorial
The US president’s foreign tour has underlined how inadequate his art of the deal is when handling relations between statesJust over halfway through his first foreign trip as US president this week, Donald Trump
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Why a ‘liberal’ pope is playing host to Donald Trump | Catherine Pepinster 24 May 2017, 2:00am Why a ‘liberal’ pope is playing host to Donald Trump | Catherine Pepinster
Progressive Catholics want Francis to be an alternative voice, and diplomacy requires dialogue with people you don’t agree withWhen the president of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, visited the Vatican on Monday, he gave Pope Francis a gold and white bell, a symbol of their mutual concern about global warming. It’s usual for heads of state and the pope to exchange gifts during a meeting but it’s hard to imagine Donald Trump, who is due to visit Pope Francis on Wednesday, would ever consider a gift that might have anything to do with climate change. The US president thinks global warming was invented by the Chinese to harm American manufacturing, while the pope is so convinced of its existence he wrote a papal document dedicated to climate change and its consequences for the world’s poorest. This is just one of the issues on which the pope and the president do not see eye to eye. They are diametrically opposed on what the world should be doing about refugees, migrants and walls. For while Trump has advocated building a
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22 May 2017, 6:45pm Updated The Unapologetic American
Donald Trump brings a new message to the Middle East.
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Who better to lecture Muslims than Islamic expert Donald Trump? | David Shariatmadari 21 May 2017, 11:55am Who better to lecture Muslims than Islamic expert Donald Trump? | David Shariatmadari
The US president once dismissed the Saudis as women-haters who ‘push gays off buildings’. But after an emollient speech in Riyadh, all that was forgottenIf there’s anything consistent about the Trump White House so far, it’s that people get appointed to positions for which they are totally unsuited. More than that; they’re frequently the worst possible candidates for the role. That starts with the president himself, of course, less presidential than your average radio phone-in ranter. It was evident in the appointment of
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The degree of self-sabotage in the Trump White House is staggering | Ross Barkan 19 May 2017, 8:55am The degree of self-sabotage in the Trump White House is staggering | Ross Barkan
By stacking his inner circle with blindly loyal neophytes and assuming he knows far more than he does, Trump guarantees daily chaos On Wednesday night, for just a moment, Donald Trump acted like the sane president he will never be.
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I’m a foreign reporter frozen out by Theresa May. She is behaving like Trump | Steven De Foer 19 May 2017, 7:27am I’m a foreign reporter frozen out by Theresa May. She is behaving like Trump | Steven De Foer
I’ve reported on political campaigns for more than 20 years, and I’m shocked at the Tories’ disdain for the press. I thought this could never happen in Europe Just over a year ago, at a meeting in Virginia during the Republican primaries, Donald Trump’s team threatened to remove me from the room because I had no press accreditation. For three weeks they had failed to respond to my requests, and the venue was open to anyone.
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The Guardian view on America’s Russia investigation: watershed or Watergate? | Editorial 18 May 2017, 2:43pm The Guardian view on America’s Russia investigation: watershed or Watergate? | Editorial
The appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel means the road lies open to prosecutions that will define the future of the Trump administration – and perhaps its survivalThe first months of Donald Trump’s presidency have been marked by extraordinary chaos and disruption. The administration has begun to come apart at the seams, above all because of the president’s own behaviour and incompetence. Every day brings a new diversion. But
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Impeachment seemed impossible a few days ago. Not anymore | Lawrence Douglas 18 May 2017, 2:35am Impeachment seemed impossible a few days ago. Not anymore | Lawrence Douglas
The announcement that Robert Mueller III, the former FBI director, will oversee the Russian probe strengthens the spreading sense that Donald Trump is finished The “presumption of regularity.” It is a term largely unfamiliar to those outside legal or governmental circles but one that all Americans should now learn. Born of centuries-old common law, the presumption stands for the idea that government officials are presumed to act lawfully and in proper discharge their office – absent evidence to the contrary. Every elected and appointed official enjoys this presumption. It is not easily squandered. It is meant to withstand errors in judgment and lapses in leadership. What it does not indulge is a clear pattern of abuse. Once the presumption collapses, the official is no longer fit for office.
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Donald Trump is a president gripped by delusions of absolute power | Jill Abramson 17 May 2017, 1:27pm Donald Trump is a president gripped by delusions of absolute power | Jill Abramson
We expect the leader of the United States to uphold the constitution, but this one confronts and threatens it every day ‘I have the
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The liberal punditocracy thinks Donald Trump is toast. Not so fast | Ross Barkan 17 May 2017, 10:43am The liberal punditocracy thinks Donald Trump is toast. Not so fast | Ross Barkan
A large chunk of the people who elected Trump still want him around. Just as importantly, the media they consume hasn’t given up on him To watch Fox News on Monday night or peruse rightwing outposts like Breitbart and the Drudge Report was to find an America that will always be to Donald Trump’s liking. “Deep State Strikes,” blared Breitbart, perhaps Trump’s most ardent media defender. “Leaks Classified Info to Washington Post to Smear Trump.” “Looks like more ‘Fake news,’” Fox’s Sean Hannity tweeted. Drudge struck the same tune: “More Leaks Smear President.”
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16 May 2017, 9:15pm Did Donald Trump Try to Obstruct Justice?
The former F.B.I. director says the president asked him to end the investigation of Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia....
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16 May 2017, 8:56pm Can Donald Trump Be Trusted With State Secrets?
He has the legal right to blurt out classified information, but his ignorance, vanity and foolishness endanger the nation....
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Bragging about our intel to Russia? Trump is too needy to be president | Richard Wolffe 16 May 2017, 3:41pm Updated Bragging about our intel to Russia? Trump is too needy to be president | Richard Wolffe
So desperate is Trump to impress the Russians, it seems he’s giving away our most classified information. The only winner here is Vladimir Putin There is nothing Donald Trump loves more than a great superlative. He builds the tallest hotels. He is the most successful businessman. His inaugural crowds were the biggest ever. None of these claims are remotely true, no matter how exaggerated the adjective nor how emphatic the delivery. But after his alleged blabbing of highly classified intelligence to the Russians, Trump can now lay claim to the greatest superlative of any sitting president: he is the biggest bozo of them all. Bigger than the Bush who thought invading Iraq would be easy. Bigger than the biggest
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The Love Song of J. Donald Trump 11 May 2017, 6:41pm The Love Song of J. Donald Trump
Poets toil to survive, as daily Trump & Co. connive. Yet poetry is not so delicate, says a man called T.S. Eliot.
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The Guardian view on Trump’s behaviour: tyrannical not presidential | Editorial 10 May 2017, 3:35pm The Guardian view on Trump’s behaviour: tyrannical not presidential | Editorial
The man in the White House is governing like he is the president of a banana republic, not the leader of the oldest constitutional government in modern timesThe decision of Donald Trump to
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If you’d got complacent about Trump, let Comey’s sacking shake you out of it | Jonathan Freedland 10 May 2017, 8:03am If you’d got complacent about Trump, let Comey’s sacking shake you out of it | Jonathan Freedland
For a president to sack an FBI director who is investigating their links to a hostile foreign power is abnormal to the point of absurdityImmediately after Donald Trump’s inauguration as president in January, the word of the hour was “
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