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Google’s Huawei ban is good news: tech giants shouldn’t always get their way | Simon Jenkins19h Google’s Huawei ban is good news: tech giants shouldn’t always get their way | Simon Jenkins
Big tech has gone unchallenged for too long. Donald Trump’s decision to blacklist the Chinese company is changing that The post-digital revolution starts here. Thank you, Donald Trump. The US president’s
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When Cheam fell for Lady Chatterley | Brief letters 16 May 12:38pm When Cheam fell for Lady Chatterley | Brief letters
PD James | Lady Chatterley’s Lover | Lowry cricket painting | Trump’s trade warThe prescience in Alfonso Cuarón’s film Children of Men (
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Trump’s twinship with Orbán shows ‘illiberal democracy’ has a home in the US | Ruth Ben-Ghiat 16 May 10:29am Trump’s twinship with Orbán shows ‘illiberal democracy’ has a home in the US | Ruth Ben-Ghiat
The US president’s mission is align with the global right. In Hungary’s Viktor Orbán, he has found an allyHow suited President Donald Trump and his Hungarian counterpart, Viktor Orbán,
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With Bolton whispering in Trump’s ear, war with Iran is no longer unthinkable | Owen Jones 15 May 12:23pm With Bolton whispering in Trump’s ear, war with Iran is no longer unthinkable | Owen Jones
Antiwar activists must do everything they can to prevent it, and that includes pressuring US alliesIt was a deception that would lead to hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths, and to the deaths of nearly 60,000 US soldiers. In August 1964 President Lyndon B Johnson solemnly
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The Guardian view on UK inequalities: following the US threatens democracy | Editorial 14 May 1:39pm The Guardian view on UK inequalities: following the US threatens democracy | Editorial
Brexit, like Trump, is not the cause of disenchantment with democracy but rather its symptom – one with roots in the UK’s political and economic disenfranchisementSerious questions need to be asked about why Nigel Farage’s Brexit party is
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The Guardian view on US-China trade wars: don’t start them | Editorial 10 May 1:30pm The Guardian view on US-China trade wars: don’t start them | Editorial
The time has come to rewrite the rules so that the world’s largest economies are able to trade peacefullyDonald Trump has been an opponent of free trade deals all his public life. A protectionist message was central to his run for the White House. On the campaign trail he promised “
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Steve Bell on Trump and Iran – cartoon 9 May 3:13pm Steve Bell on Trump and Iran – cartoon
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Trump’s foolish Iran policy only makes war more likely | Simon Tisdall 9 May 2:02pm Trump’s foolish Iran policy only makes war more likely | Simon Tisdall
Iran’s rulers face impossible choices as a result of unrelenting US hostility, which has one aim – regime changeIt is unclear what, if anything, Iran can do to induce the United States and its regional allies to halt their escalating war of attrition before it provokes all-out conflict. When Donald Trump
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Trump’s antics on Iran have endangered us all. The stakes are now lethally high | Jonathan Freedland 8 May 7:33am Trump’s antics on Iran have endangered us all. The stakes are now lethally high | Jonathan Freedland
In withdrawing from the nuclear deal, the US – not the vile Iranian regime – is the rogue state risking global securitySuch is the carnival of the Trump presidency, it can be tempting – especially for those outside the US – to view it as spectacle, a long-running reality TV show that veers between The Apprentice and House of Cards. But every now and then comes a reminder that, for all the cartoonish absurdity of the central character, the Trump administration is all too real, that its actions matter and that the stakes are lethally high. A fresh and urgent reminder of that has come today with
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Donald Trump is a horse racing expert – who knew? Now cricket awaits his input | Marina Hyde 8 May 6:39am Donald Trump is a horse racing expert – who knew? Now cricket awaits his input | Marina Hyde
After his insistence political correctness interfered with the Kentucky Derby the US president’s UK visit during the Cricket World Cup is an opportunity not to be missed Given that his online trophy cabinet already includes accolades like “most tweets sent by a head of state from the toilet at 5am”, Donald Trump could be forgiven for declining to express a view on the Kentucky Derby result. Nevertheless, he persisted. If you missed this one – and let’s face it, there are a lot to get through –
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The Observer view on the pressing need to save the Arctic | Observer editorial 5 May 1:00am The Observer view on the pressing need to save the Arctic | Observer editorial
This vital region must be conserved, not least from Trump’s ignorant policies Scientifically, the life-threatening dangers of global warming in the Arctic are increasingly understood. But political understanding – and action – lag far behind. Attempts by Donald Trump to
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Trump Jr, Bolsonaro Jr … beware the Adult Idiot Sons of unhinged presidents | Arwa Madhawi 2 May 9:36am Trump Jr, Bolsonaro Jr … beware the Adult Idiot Sons of unhinged presidents | Arwa Madhawi
The world’s worst leaders have an heir who will risk peace to get Dad’s attention. It’s a whole new generation of morons There is an emerging political phenomenon that poses a unique threat to international stability and our collective sanity. It is the growing influence of what is sometimes known, in political jargon, as the Idiot Adult Son. From Donald Trump to Benjamin Netanyahu, Jair Bolsonaro to Rodrigo Duterte, the world’s most awful leaders all seem to have knuckleheaded offspring who are doing their best to be just like Dad, and doing a lot of damage in the process. The Idiot Adult Son, by the way, should not confused with the
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Steve Bell on Trump and the Venezuela crisis – cartoon 1 May 1:56pm Steve Bell on Trump and the Venezuela crisis – cartoon
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Bret Easton Ellis is part dinosaur, part sage. I’m intrigued | Suzanne Moore 29 Apr 1:47pm Bret Easton Ellis is part dinosaur, part sage. I’m intrigued | Suzanne Moore
He says the reaction to Trump is worse than Trump himself. He refuses to toe the liberal line on race and gender. Where do we position such a writer?If Patrick Bateman, the serial killer at the heart of American Psycho, were to venture on to Twitter, would all hell break loose? No. He would just be looking for celebity retweets like everyone else. I saw Bret Easton Ellis talking on stage of his creation, who still stalks him, the other day. He was louche and likable, an ageing enfant terrible, a literary man. Well, that is the version I saw, but he is as unreliable a narrator of his own life as Bateman is. Authors’ talks are always a performance and Easton Ellis has been starring in his own horror movie for a long time.
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Empty the streets for Donald Trump | Brief letters 29 Apr 12:51pm Empty the streets for Donald Trump | Brief letters
State visit | Gender-neutral ships | Adverbs | Tony Slattery | Romeo and JulietRe recent correspondence on Donald Trump’s visit to the UK (
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Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and the San Diego synagogue shooting – cartoon 28 Apr 1:58pm Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and the San Diego synagogue shooting – cartoon
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The Guardian view on the Democratic race: real debate should be welcomed | Editorial 28 Apr 1:30pm The Guardian view on the Democratic race: real debate should be welcomed | Editorial
The contest for the presidential nomination is wide open, and the political differences are starkFor a long time, the prospect of a Trump presidency was unthinkable. For many, even when the votes were counted, it was so appalling and implausible that it took a while to sink in. Now the prospect of a second term is very possible indeed. The stakes in 2020 could not be higher for Americans and the rest of the world: another four years of a man who should never have claimed the Oval Office and has used it to wreak damage at home and abroad – or a second chance. The Democrats are now beginning to determine who might best grab that second chance. The
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To rage against Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK is simply childish | Simon Jenkins 26 Apr 9:12am To rage against Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK is simply childish | Simon Jenkins
No conceivable purpose is served by 200,000 people coming to London to shout insults at the US presidentWhat is the matter with us? A US president has been invited to Britain on a state visit, and is coming in June. It is a state courtesy, between one democracy and another, on the occasion of a wartime anniversary. No conceivable purpose is served by 200,000 people coming to London to shout insults at him. I cannot think what possessed
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How to respond to Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK | Letters 24 Apr 1:13pm How to respond to Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK | Letters
Readers air their views on news that the US president will be given the red-carpet treatment during a three-day visit from 3 JuneOn the same day that Trump’s state visit to the UK is announced (
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s UK visit: a mistake | Editorial 23 Apr 1:43pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s UK visit: a mistake | Editorial
The US president is no respecter of democracy or Britain. He should be held at a distance, not given dinner with the QueenRolling out the red carpet for a US president ought to be
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Is Benjamin Netanyahu about to go rogue in Jerusalem? All the signs are there | Mick Dumper 22 Apr 3:00am Is Benjamin Netanyahu about to go rogue in Jerusalem? All the signs are there | Mick Dumper
Flushed with election success and politically tooled-up with Trump’s support, he now has the holy Islamic sites in his sightsIs Israel lining up its ducks for another dramatic unilateral action in Jerusalem? The portents are there in the recent Israeli election campaign, a campaign that returned
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Mueller’s account of Trump’s world acts as a cautionary tale for UK politics | Will Hutton 21 Apr 4:00am Mueller’s account of Trump’s world acts as a cautionary tale for UK politics | Will Hutton
Senior figures in both countries behave as if they are above the law. Enough is enoughTrump was right. His presidency was
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The Observer view on the Mueller report: Trump is a disgrace and is not welcome in Britain | Observer editorial 21 Apr 1:00am The Observer view on the Mueller report: Trump is a disgrace and is not welcome in Britain | Observer editorial
The president has been shown to be the biggest threat to US governance since Watergate. Britain must not honour this dishonourable man with a state visitThe prospect of Donald Trump making a
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The backstabbing brutality of Game of Thrones has taken over politics | Kevin McKenna 21 Apr 1:00am The backstabbing brutality of Game of Thrones has taken over politics | Kevin McKenna
Politics is a more visceral and primitive thing – The West Wing was a much better influence There are few situations more superficial and contrived than when a politician insists on borrowing themes from the realm of popular television and drama. Donald Trump
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The Mueller report shows that bad guys who play dirty, like Trump, always win | Jonathan Freedland 19 Apr 5:10am The Mueller report shows that bad guys who play dirty, like Trump, always win | Jonathan Freedland
The attorney general has protected his boss, and impeachment looks futile. But the Democrats still have a duty to act Those who had long hoped Robert Mueller – the mostly silent sheriff riding into town to ensure good triumphed over evil – would be the saviour to deliver America and the world from Donald Trump are naturally disappointed. Mueller’s report,
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The Guardian view on the Mueller report: now we see it. What next? | Editorial 18 Apr 3:20pm The Guardian view on the Mueller report: now we see it. What next? | Editorial
It is no surprise that the document bears little resemblance to that portrayed by the Trump administration. It must not be allowed to draw a line beneath itFinally we have heard
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I co-founded the BDS movement. Why was I denied entry to the US? | Omar Barghouti 16 Apr 7:46am I co-founded the BDS movement. Why was I denied entry to the US? | Omar Barghouti
With this denial of entry, Israel appears to have once again enlisted the Trump administration to do its bidding Last Wednesday, as I was preparing to depart for the United States for a series of speaking engagements, I was abruptly stopped and prevented from boarding my flight at Ben Gurion airport. The US consulate informed the airline staff that US immigration has banned me from entering the country, despite having a valid visa, without providing a reason. Given my regular, unhindered travel to the US for years, this ban seems to be an ideologically and politically motivated measure that fits in with Israel’s escalating repression against human rights defenders. Israel’s far-right regime is not merely continuing its decades-old system of military occupation, apartheid and
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The Trump-Netanyahu relationship is sowing disaster for both countries | Michael Fuchs 11 Apr 8:10am The Trump-Netanyahu relationship is sowing disaster for both countries | Michael Fuchs
By catering to the right, the leaders are harming Palestinians, making Israel less safe and further damaging America’s reputation In the run-up to the Israeli elections, Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu took a series of irresponsible steps to help the Israeli prime minister’s electoral prospects: Trump announced support for Israeli sovereignty over the
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‘Creepy Joe’ Biden made women uneasy. Sorry shouldn’t be the hardest word | Gwenda Blair 7 Apr 5:00am ‘Creepy Joe’ Biden made women uneasy. Sorry shouldn’t be the hardest word | Gwenda Blair
Obama’s deputy refuses to admit wrongdoing, which puts him in the same company as Trump Joe Biden doesn’t do apologies. The former US vice-president and leading (but still not formally announced) candidate for president sympathises and empathises. He understands and reaches out. He shares. But he doesn’t say he’s sorry. This has never been a big deal, given his famous agreeableness, his easygoing manner, and his much-touted common touch. For a guy who sometimes comes across more like an overgrown puppy than a potential commander-in-chief, it might even have seemed an asset to stand his ground and show a little spine. But over the last week, after
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The Boeing scandal is an indictment of Trump’s corporate America | Will Hutton 7 Apr 3:59am The Boeing scandal is an indictment of Trump’s corporate America | Will Hutton
There is growing alarm in the US that Capitol Hill’s bonfire of the regulations has led to hundreds of deaths. It may be a turning point America First nationalism, indulgent free market economics, Republican libertarianism and a political system in hock to corporate lobbying has just contributed to killing 356 innocent people. The more we know about the crashes of Boeing 737 Max 8 planes in
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America is fueling our age of impunity. Just look at Yemen | David Miliband 5 Apr 8:47am America is fueling our age of impunity. Just look at Yemen | David Miliband
The US has the power to set a global standard on international human rights. Unfortunately, it is retreating from our global rules-based system The promise by Donald Trump to veto the bipartisan Congressional War Powers Resolution on Yemen is significant in and of itself. The decision is rightly drawing significant fire. The war in Yemen is a humanitarian disaster and a strategic failure, with precisely the forces the Administration says it opposes - Iran, jihadists, separatists - gaining ground on the back of the bankrupt Saudi-led war strategy. However, there is a wider, ugly picture, beyond Yemen. It can be summarized as an Age of Impunity: where war crimes go unpunished and the laws of war become optional. This is not solely the responsibility of the United States, but the US has the power and position to set a global standard, and when it fails to do so the effects are felt worldwide, by innocent civilians feeling the brunt of lawless military tactics and humanitarian aid workers risking life and limb as they go about their work.
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Holidays and arms deals with Brunei don’t trump gay people’s right to exist | Owen Jones 5 Apr 7:13am Holidays and arms deals with Brunei don’t trump gay people’s right to exist | Owen Jones
Fine words on LGBT equality from the government cost nothing – only real economic action will make a differenceGay lives either matter, or they don’t. Declaring that you support LGBTQ rights is cost-free; so is wrapping yourself in the rainbow flag, smiling at a same-sex couple publicly holding hands with that “Good for you” look in your eyes, or waving on a Pride parade with your kids. But what happens when a dictatorship allied to Britain, and linked to the British establishment, announces that it will
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Trump will never say sorry. That’s a reality we need to accept | Emma Brockes 5 Apr 5:00am Trump will never say sorry. That’s a reality we need to accept | Emma Brockes
The US president may well be undone by his lies, but expecting remorse or contrition is a waste of energyIt is an enduring mystery about Donald Trump that, for a guy who lolls around all day
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Why did Trump say his dad was German? He lies so much he doesn’t know the truth | Richard Wolffe 4 Apr 6:00am Why did Trump say his dad was German? He lies so much he doesn’t know the truth | Richard Wolffe
It is a particularly Trumpian move to deny your father’s Bronx birth while also denying your predecessor’s Hawaiian birth The world can be a confusing place for Donald Trump. There are so many countries, some of them of the
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Don’t rely on Russia: there is no magic wand to rid us of Trump – or Brexit | Nesrine Malik 31 Mar 10:51am Don’t rely on Russia: there is no magic wand to rid us of Trump – or Brexit | Nesrine Malik
Trump and Brexit were not some perversion brought about by corrupt campaigners, but the result of years of failing politicsAlmost a year ago, the US public radio network, NPR, interviewed Robert Mueller’s biographer, Garrett Graff, on All Things Considered. It was a classic American hagiography. The “wealthy” Mueller went to Princeton University where he played lacrosse, then
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Jamie Dimon, spare us your crocodile tears about inequality | Robert Reich 26 Mar 11:37am Jamie Dimon, spare us your crocodile tears about inequality | Robert Reich
If the CEO of JPMorgan Chase really cared about American workers, he would put an end to corporate executives like him rigging the system If I may be so bold as to try to lure your attention away from Trump and Mueller for a moment, consider Jamie Dimon’s lament, delivered a few days before Mueller delivered his report. Dimon is CEO of JPMorgan Chase, and wrongdoing by him and the CEOs of other big corporations is more responsible for Trump’s election than anything Russia dreamed of, as I’ll explain.
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After Mueller, the need for oversight of Trump is as urgent as ever | John Mulholland 26 Mar 8:00am After Mueller, the need for oversight of Trump is as urgent as ever | John Mulholland
Trump believes the Mueller report represents ‘total exoneration’. It does not – and we at the Guardian will keep holding him to account
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The Guardian view on the Mueller report: release it in full | Editorial 25 Mar 2:48pm The Guardian view on the Mueller report: release it in full | Editorial
Donald Trump can only be defeated when Democrats understand why he wonOnly Donald Trump could describe as
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18 Mar 3:57pm McCain and Trump
The late Vietnam War hero made enormous sacrifices for our country. His handling of rumors about the President wasn’t one of them.
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A chaotic Brexit is part of Trump’s grand plan for Europe | Natalie Nougayrède 14 Mar 1:59am A chaotic Brexit is part of Trump’s grand plan for Europe | Natalie Nougayrède
The president and his outriders want Europe weak and divided. Brexit will deliver some of thatIf Brexit is halted, both the UK and the rest of Europe will reap the benefit – and Donald Trump, for one, will suffer a defeat. The sect of Brexit has passionate adherents far beyond Britain’s hardline leavers. It includes vocal and influential preachers in the Trumpian world of Washington – and the reality of Trump is having a deep impact on Europe, with the Brexit mess a key part of it all.
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5 Mar 6:39pm Is Team Trump Getting Along Too Well with France?
A bad tax idea gets a surprise U.S. endorsement.
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Talking to the Taliban: what price peace? 4 Mar 10:00pm Talking to the Taliban: what price peace?
Donald Trump is becoming increasingly impatient about removing all US troops from Afghanistan, 18 years after the invasion that followed September 11. As peace talks continue, Fawzia Koofi, a female Afghan MP, describes being in the room with the Taliban, while the Guardian’s Emma Graham-Harrison examines the slow progress for women’s rights that could be at risk when international forces leave. Plus: Gary Younge on knife crime Donald Trump has become
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May’s Brexit bung to the north is pathetic. It changes nothing | Simon Jenkins 4 Mar 6:30am May’s Brexit bung to the north is pathetic. It changes nothing | Simon Jenkins
The £1.6bn the PM has promised to secure Labour support for her deal is no match for years of systematic neglectMay’s bung is like Trump’s wall. You give me my Northern Ireland border deal, she says to Labour, and I will give your people oodles of cash. Except that May has blown it. She has
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Ben Jennings on investigations into Donald Trump – cartoon 3 Mar 2:55pm Ben Jennings on investigations into Donald Trump – cartoon
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The Trump/Cohen revelations are awful. So why am I yawning? | Nesrine Malik 3 Mar 12:39pm The Trump/Cohen revelations are awful. So why am I yawning? | Nesrine Malik
We’re at a most dangerous stage of this presidency: Trump fatigue is setting inThere is an old Arabic joke about corruption. A thieving government minister is fired by the head of state and replaced, but the people who have long suffered under the minister don’t rejoice. When they’re asked why they’re not celebrating, one explains to the confused president: “Yes he was a thief, but he stole until he’d taken his fill. The new guy will be hungry.” Growing up under authoritarian regimes in the Arab world was great for the jokes. It was always dark humour, but that made it easier to accept the inevitabilities of living under a dictatorship than trying to fight them. There were so many violations of rights on a daily basis that survival required adaptation. It was exhausting, and futile, to be permanently scandalised. And so we spared our energy and joked instead.
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May I have a word about… the Kalashnikov kamikaze drone | Jonathan Bouquet 3 Mar 1:00am May I have a word about… the Kalashnikov kamikaze drone | Jonathan Bouquet
If the company’s latest weapon is as effective as its AK-47 machine gun, heaven help us all Few would argue that democracy is anything other than a good thing, even if it sometimes has unexpected and traumatic results. Witness the Brexit referendum and the election of Donald Trump. Better, however unpalatable you found the results, than the malign ways of totalitarianism and dictatorship. By extension, being democratised should be equally welcome. Well, yes, but only up to a point, it seems. Consider the following. Kalashnikov has just announced a
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The Observer view: even Donald Trump’s base must doubt him now | Observer editorial 3 Mar 1:00am The Observer view: even Donald Trump’s base must doubt him now | Observer editorial
Michael Cohen’s damning testimony means that unless Trump wins the next election, he could find himself in court Donald Trump must be re-elected in 2020. Not because he is the best person to be America’s president – he manifestly is not. Not because his record qualifies him for a second term. The man responsible for the longest government shutdown in history and a reckless and dangerous approach to international affairs has already conclusively proved his unfitness to lead. Trump’s personal conduct shames the country whose people and interests he professes to serve. All this holds true. Yet it does not alter Trump’s most pressing, selfishly subjective 2020 calculation: that he must win again to be sure of staying out of jail. By convention, sitting presidents are not subject to criminal prosecution, although, legally speaking, it is possible. What is certain, however, is that if Trump loses or does not run next time, he will forfeit all actual or notional immunity from criminal proceedings on 20 January 2021. If and when that point is reached,
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Trump vs. a Republican Senate 1 Mar 7:06pm Trump vs. a Republican Senate
The national emergency vote could hurt GOP incumbents in 2020.
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We now know the great prize of Brexit: becoming Trump’s prey | Jonathan Freedland 1 Mar 1:00pm We now know the great prize of Brexit: becoming Trump’s prey | Jonathan Freedland
The US would give us a great trade deal, we were told. This week the president has shown how volatile and untrustworthy he isShall we take a gentle amble down memory lane, a nostalgic trip back to the heady days of the referendum campaign of 2016? So many sweet promises were murmured into our ear, it can be hard to remember them all. No talk then of
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No en suite for the presidential suite | Brief letters 1 Mar 11:17am No en suite for the presidential suite | Brief letters
MPs’ pay | Trump’s no-deal | Mingebags | Presidential privy | Le petit coinI read with interest that MPs find themselves powerless to moderate an above-inflation 2.7% pay rise recommended by their independent pay review body (
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Trump Walks on Kim 28 Feb 7:45pm Trump Walks on Kim
Give him credit for refusing to accept less than denuclearization.
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Declare Victory, Not Emergency 28 Feb 6:49pm Declare Victory, Not Emergency
Congress gave Trump $1.4 billion for his wall. He wouldn’t take yes for an answer.
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28 Feb 4:13pm What Does Kim Want?
The Trump sales pitch depends on persuading the ultimate crime boss to go legitimate.
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The Guardian view on the US and North Korea: Trump’s vanity diplomacy falls flat | Editorial 28 Feb 1:34pm The Guardian view on the US and North Korea: Trump’s vanity diplomacy falls flat | Editorial
The US president boasts of being a deal maker. But his summit with Kim Jong-un in Hanoi has ended in failure and recriminationOnly a year ago, many feared that Donald Trump’s dealings with Kim Jong-un might end with a bang. Then came the Singapore summit. Mr Trump boasted that they “fell in love” and that North Korea was no longer a nuclear threat. The bromance did not look sustainable. Now a follow-up in Hanoi has
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Trump was out of his depth in Hanoi. This failure is his greatest flop yet | Simon Tisdall 28 Feb 12:26pm Trump was out of his depth in Hanoi. This failure is his greatest flop yet | Simon Tisdall
The blunderer-in-chief has let North Korea’s dictator emerge unscathed over his regime’s appalling human rights abusesDonald Trump’s self-reverential style of personalised, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants diplomacy just crashed and burned in Hanoi. It is fitting, perhaps, that Vietnam – scene of past American humiliations – was the setting for the blunderer-in-chief’s greatest flop. Trump tried to wing it in nuclear talks with North Korea’s more canny leader, Kim Jong-un, and got what he deserved:
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Trump’s a racist conman – and that’s the brand America bought | Gary Younge 28 Feb 12:11pm Trump’s a racist conman – and that’s the brand America bought | Gary Younge
Michael Cohen’s testimony may be horrifying but it is not shocking. The president’s supporters know exactly what he isShortly before November’s midterm elections I
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The Media Will Re-Elect Trump 28 Feb 11:26am Updated The Media Will Re-Elect Trump
They would rather believe tall tales about Russia than hear what voters said in 2016.
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Ivanka Trump occupies a different reality from most working women | Kate Aronoff 28 Feb 6:00am Ivanka Trump occupies a different reality from most working women | Kate Aronoff
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was right to criticize the first daughter’s ill-informed comments on guaranteed jobs Responding to a question about Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed Green New Deal and its call for a federal job guarantee, Ivanka Trump this week offered sage wisdom: “I’ve spent a lot of time traveling around this country over the last four years,” she said. “People want to work for what they get. So, I think that this idea of a guaranteed minimum is not something most people want.” The statement sparked outrage, including from Ocasio-Cortez. She
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Trump Base Wants Immigration Compromise 27 Feb 7:09pm Trump Base Wants Immigration Compromise
His backers are the likeliest to support a wall-for-DACA deal.
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The Guardian view on Trump in Asia: the crisis is in Kashmir | Editorial 27 Feb 1:35pm The Guardian view on Trump in Asia: the crisis is in Kashmir | Editorial
While the US president preens himself in Hanoi, the pressing issue is the escalating tension between India and PakistanAs the crisis between two nuclear-armed states
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High Nuclear Stakes in Hanoi 25 Feb 7:25pm High Nuclear Stakes in Hanoi
Anything can happen when Trump and Kim get together again.
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A Nobel Prize for Trump 25 Feb 6:41pm A Nobel Prize for Trump
Alas, the Norwegians don’t reward leaders who see a bad deal and walk away.
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The Obama-Trump Economic Boom 25 Feb 6:40pm The Obama-Trump Economic Boom
The current expansion may soon be America’s longest, and neither inflation nor tariffs are likely to stop it.
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Trump and Huawei 24 Feb 5:22pm Trump and Huawei
Dropping charges as part of a trade deal would damage the rule of law.
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Trump, the EU and capitalist greed | Letters 22 Feb 11:35am Trump, the EU and capitalist greed | Letters
Readers respond to Natalie Nougayrède’s piece on why Trump and his team want to wipe out the EU, and note Mike Pence’s carefully worded praiseIf, as Natalie Nougayrède says, John Bolton opposes “‘globalists’ who want to tie nation states into a web of international norms and agreements that restrict sovereignty”, what hypocrisy (
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Trump Rescues Newsom 20 Feb 7:24pm Trump Rescues Newsom
Too bad the feds didn’t cut off California’s bullet train sooner.
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The perfect chance for gunboat diplomacy | Brief letters 19 Feb 1:08pm The perfect chance for gunboat diplomacy | Brief letters
Clothing and the environment | Gunboat diplomacy | Maduro and Trump | Scots and sconesFrom reading this article (
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Trump is right: it’s our moral duty to take back radicalised Britons | Usama Hasan 19 Feb 10:57am Trump is right: it’s our moral duty to take back radicalised Britons | Usama Hasan
Indoctrinated young people like Shamima Begum need to be shown how Islamic thinking embraces modern nation-statesHow do we deradicalise young, indoctrinated people like
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No country for old men? It’s those with aged mindsets who need to get out of the way | Suzanne Moore 19 Feb 2:00am No country for old men? It’s those with aged mindsets who need to get out of the way | Suzanne Moore
The UK’s kids protesting climate change were passionate, articulate and unafraid – those with old ideas need to get out of the way This is a country for old men. So is the United States. Donald Trump is 72, and people are talking about Joe Biden running against him, aged 76; another possible presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, is 77. In the UK, Jeremy Corbyn is 69; John McDonnell is 67; Vince Cable is 75. Jacob Rees-Mogg is 89. Only one of these ages is a lie. I guess you can work it out. Whatever happened to retiring? Why are these men considered to be at their political peak? I speak as a nan myself. Will I be running for office in 15 years’ time? The blokes who govern the “free” world were brought into sharp relief by
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Trump Doubles Down on Failed Counterterror Policy 18 Feb 2:47pm Trump Doubles Down on Failed Counterterror Policy
The U.S. and allies need to deal with local grievances, which give Salafi-jihadi groups their opening.
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Why Trump and his team want to wipe out the EU | Natalie Nougayrède 18 Feb 1:00am Why Trump and his team want to wipe out the EU | Natalie Nougayrède
Mike Pompeo’s wooing of eastern European states is an attack on the union’s very existence, and part of a wider ideological battle The Trump administration not only dislikes the European Union, it is out to destroy it. The trip by the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, to Europe last week was episode three of the onslaught, designed to play on east-west divisions within the EU. Episode one was Donald Trump’s
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Presidents and Guardrails 17 Feb 5:20pm Updated Presidents and Guardrails
Obama’s abuses are no justification for Trump’s emergency order.
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Metro’s success is good news for life beyond the web | Roy Greenslade 17 Feb 9:00am Metro’s success is good news for life beyond the web | Roy Greenslade
A free paper that follows the market and prides itself in being unbiased is making £1m a month I am sitting in a newspaper conference listening to the news editor reciting her list of goodies for tomorrow’s issue: new Brexit controversy, latest Trump shenanigans, ongoing Venezuelan dramas, a hunt for a missing girl, a warning of 70mph gales. The editor and his team react appropriately: a concerned comment here; a murmur of sympathy there; and the occasional joke, especially in reaction to the day’s really surprising story. The pope has revealed that priests used an order of French nuns as sex slaves.
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From Tahrir to Trump: how rightwing populists usurped the fight for dignity | Ece Temelkuran 14 Feb 12:59am From Tahrir to Trump: how rightwing populists usurped the fight for dignity | Ece Temelkuran
Protesters’ need for recognition has been harnessed to a darker, divisive movement and new heroes promising them greatness Thousands of people in Tahrir Square
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Discriminating Against Oracle 13 Feb 6:36pm Discriminating Against Oracle
Why hasn’t Trump’s Labor secretary killed an Obama-era lawsuit?
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Make Trump Popular Again 13 Feb 6:33pm Make Trump Popular Again
While he strikes a tone of unity, his opponents seek ideological purity.
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Medicare for All Is a Trap 12 Feb 6:49pm Medicare for All Is a Trap
If Democrats back single-payer health care, it could assure Trump’s re-election.
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12 Feb 6:15pm Trump, Immigrants and the Best Job Market Ever
At Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, another call for expanded legal migration.
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The Case for Amy Klobuchar 10 Feb 5:08pm The Case for Amy Klobuchar
A Minnesota pragmatist could help Democrats beat Trump in 2020.
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Ivanka Trump’s a feminist? Yep – just like her father and her brothers | Catherine Bennett 10 Feb 2:00am Ivanka Trump’s a feminist? Yep – just like her father and her brothers | Catherine Bennett
America’s first family are outraged by an art work that presumes to shows her vacuuming In a singular achievement for US conceptual art, an installation by Jennifer Rubell has prompted three – to date – of Donald Trump’s children to disclose their horror of sexism.
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The Observer view on the premature celebrations on the defeat of Isis | Observer editorial 10 Feb 12:59am The Observer view on the premature celebrations on the defeat of Isis | Observer editorial
Islamic State has lost its Syrian base, but its threat remainsIf he gets his way, Donald Trump will announce at some point in the coming week that the Islamic State terrorist group has been defeated and its hate-filled caliphate in Syria and Iraq destroyed. This will be the second time the US president has declared victory over the jihadists. When Trump first made the claim, in December, he was sharply contradicted by his own intelligence chiefs and by British ministers. Now he is being more cautious. But his eagerness to
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The French Philosopher Who Loves America 8 Feb 7:18pm The French Philosopher Who Loves America
Bernard-Henri Lévy describes the gilets jaunes as a ‘crisis of liberal democracy’ and Trump as an ‘epiphenomenon’ of American ‘retreat.’
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In the age of Trump and Bezos, public life is one big smutty ancient Greek vase | Marina Hyde 8 Feb 11:42am In the age of Trump and Bezos, public life is one big smutty ancient Greek vase | Marina Hyde
What’s the most dignified way to handle the scrapes your penis gets you into? Ask the US president and the world’s richest manIs there a Russian piss-tape of Donald Trump? Did a government agency intercept
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Can Trump Handle a Foreign Crisis? 7 Feb 7:19pm Can Trump Handle a Foreign Crisis?
He’ll face one eventually, and there’s good reason to worry the administration will be unprepared.
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Yes, I do give a sh*t about these sweary book covers | Emma Brockes 7 Feb 1:21pm Yes, I do give a sh*t about these sweary book covers | Emma Brockes
It used to feel like a cheeky trend. But with Trump as president, these titles seem more like evidence of our descent into hellAmong the boom in self-help books on the shelves this year there is a title by life coach Andrea Owen called How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t. It has a quote on the cover from Jen Sincero, author of You Are a Badass, and comes hard on the heels of Unf*ck Yourself; F*ck Feelings; F**k Anxiety; Calm the F**k Down; Unf*ck Your Brain; How to Make Sh*t Happen; and the mother of all sweary self-help titles, Mark Manson’s 2016 juggernaut
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Empower Women to Foster Freedom 6 Feb 10:39pm Empower Women to Foster Freedom
The Trump administration’s W-GDP initiative will help 50 million women in developing countries realize their economic potential by 2025.
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Trump Flipped the Opposition 6 Feb 8:42pm Trump Flipped the Opposition
Democrats had to wonder how long they’d get away with the socialism hooey.
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To Beat Trump, Embrace Free Trade 6 Feb 6:59pm To Beat Trump, Embrace Free Trade
Democrats, it’s time to recognize and embrace America’s economic dominance.
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Trump Is Serious About Diplomacy With North Korea 6 Feb 6:58pm Trump Is Serious About Diplomacy With North Korea
His special envoy makes clear the administration’s priority is depriving the regime of nuclear weapons.
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6 Feb 1:08pm Viewers, Pelosi Applaud Trump
A nonpartisan speech scores with voters across the political spectrum.
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Trump and Putin have relaunched the arms race. Hug Europe close, Britain | Rafael Behr 6 Feb 1:00am Trump and Putin have relaunched the arms race. Hug Europe close, Britain | Rafael Behr
The decision by Washington and Moscow to withdraw from a nuclear weapons treaty has just made the world a more unstable place For a bit of perspective on turbulent times it helps to remember Able Archer. In November 1983, Nato simulated a confrontation with the Soviet Union. The rehearsal was so plausible that the Russians doubted it was a drill, and began a counter-mobilisation. Luckily, level heads prevailed.
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Multilateralism May Survive Trump 5 Feb 6:48pm Multilateralism May Survive Trump
Optimists like me hear a wake-up call rather than a death knell for international bodies.
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5 Feb 5:59pm Trump, Pelosi and the State of our Union
Democrats in tonight’s audience might consider courtesy.
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Trump set a low bar for other deluded billionaires flirting with a 2020 run | Jill Abramson 4 Feb 10:31am Trump set a low bar for other deluded billionaires flirting with a 2020 run | Jill Abramson
Howard Schultz is the latest self-deluded billionaire with no experience in government contemplating a presidential bid Donald Trump has set a low bar for other billionaires who are contemplating a run for the White House. Why not me, they ponder? Trump had no experience in government before he won the 2016 Republican nomination. He was just a popular TV reality star who branded his name on every piece of real estate he built. He wasn’t even that successful in business, going bankrupt more than once. He’s a lazy-bones, too, rarely hitting the Oval Office until 11.30am, according to Axios, which obtained his daily schedules. His approval ratings may never again cross 40%. If President Trump runs again, he certainly looks beatable.
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Nicolás Maduro must be praying for the US to intervene in Venezuela | Simon Jenkins 4 Feb 6:10am Nicolás Maduro must be praying for the US to intervene in Venezuela | Simon Jenkins
The only way the beleaguered Venezuelan president can shore up his position is if Trump blunders inOne thing alone could save the Maduro regime in Venezuela. That is western intervention. Nothing unites a country like a
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Roma is a cinematic triumph. Can it teach Trump’s America the value of compassion? | Ariel Dorfman 3 Feb 12:16pm Roma is a cinematic triumph. Can it teach Trump’s America the value of compassion? | Ariel Dorfman
My friend Alfonso Cuarón’s film is in line for multiple Oscars. But real-life versions of its heroine are treated with crueltyStaying in Santiago, Chile, at the moment, I see echoes and reflections of Cleo – the servant at the heart of Alfonso Cuarón’s wondrous film Roma – everywhere. Cuarón’s consummate recreation of his
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Forget philanthropy. The super-rich should be paying proper taxes | Nick Cohen 2 Feb 1:30pm Forget philanthropy. The super-rich should be paying proper taxes | Nick Cohen
Rather than funding a better state, they hide behind the fig leaf of charitable givingA half-lie dominates modern culture that is worse than a straight lie because it contains enough truth to persuade readers who otherwise wouldn’t be fooled. The people from somewhere have risen up against the people from nowhere, it runs. The globalised elites, once as comfortable in Manhattan as Davos, have been humbled by the left-behind working-class. The half of the lie that’s true is that Brexit, Trump and the rise of the European radical right are shocks to the system. Yet they are shocks that leave the holders of wealth and power remarkably unruffled.
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A Senate Warning to Mr. Trump 31 Jan 7:13pm A Senate Warning to Mr. Trump
Forty-three Republicans offer good advice on Syria and Afghanistan.
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31 Jan 6:55pm Mr. President, Tear Down That Word
Trump needs a way out of the shutdown. Meanwhile, Howard Schultz misjudges the country’s direction.
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The State of the Union Without Artificial Sweeteners 31 Jan 6:48pm The State of the Union Without Artificial Sweeteners
Trump will boast and brag. What if a president were appropriately grumpy?
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An Open Letter to Howard Schultz 30 Jan 3:26pm Updated An Open Letter to Howard Schultz
Starbucks’ former CEO has no shot at the presidency and could help Trump win.
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Guns, #MeToo, Israel, Human Rights and Trump 29 Jan 7:01pm Guns, #MeToo, Israel, Human Rights and Trump
Do you have an opinion that is not shared by most of your peers?
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What has happened in Venezuela is a coup. Trump’s denial is dangerous | Oscar Guardiola-Rivera 28 Jan 3:00am What has happened in Venezuela is a coup. Trump’s denial is dangerous | Oscar Guardiola-Rivera
Juan Guaidó has declared himself president. Now the US and rightwing regimes may seek an excuse to intervene in support The picture shows him in the act of swearing himself in as
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After the Shutdown Fiasco 25 Jan 6:48pm After the Shutdown Fiasco
Trump lost round one, but we’ll now see if Pelosi wants any deal.
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The State of the Union Is Missing 25 Jan 4:08pm Updated The State of the Union Is Missing
America loses something worthwhile as Trump and Pelosi cast aside another traditional norm.
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Donald Trump and his ship of fools are courting calamity in Venezuela | Simon Tisdall 24 Jan 7:41am Donald Trump and his ship of fools are courting calamity in Venezuela | Simon Tisdall
With no sensible advisers left by his side, Trump’s threats to the country’s president, Nicolás Maduro, could spark a disastrous conflictDonald Trump’s
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Nancy Pelosi is an alien species to Trump – and he no idea what to do | Jill Filipovic 24 Jan 6:00am Nancy Pelosi is an alien species to Trump – and he no idea what to do | Jill Filipovic
The House speaker is unlike any of the compliant women the president likes to deal with – that’s why she’s perfect for the job Donald Trump might be the worst president in American history, but with his incompetence, belligerence and intellectual deficits come a perverse advantage: it’s tough to shame someone who has no shame; it’s hard to hold a man accountable for a lie when he doesn’t care if he’s a liar; you can’t chasten someone for breaking the rules when he never believed the rules applied to him. But while Trump has snaked and slithered his way in and out of scandal, corruption and self-dealing his entire life, there’s one force that seems to truly destabilize him: A competent woman. Which is why, in the Trump era, there’s no better speaker of the House than Nancy Pelosi.
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The Weirdness of American Politics 23 Jan 7:03pm The Weirdness of American Politics
From Michelob Ultra to dancing to Cardi B, Democrats are trying to out-Trump Trump.
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What if the FBI Had Probed Obama? 23 Jan 6:59pm What if the FBI Had Probed Obama?
By the bureau’s Trump standard, he looked like an agent of Iran.
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The Downside of Anti-Trump Rage 22 Jan 7:01pm The Downside of Anti-Trump Rage
Older Democrats are so busy ‘resisting,’ they’ve let fiery young progressives shape the party’s future.
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‘Brexit with an open border’ is a fantasy. Still Theresa May chases it | Simon Jenkins 21 Jan 6:49am ‘Brexit with an open border’ is a fantasy. Still Theresa May chases it | Simon Jenkins
Instead of returning to the Irish border, May should be opening up the debate beyond a minority of hardline ToriesTheresa May’s Irish backstop is Donald Trump’s wall. It is the howl of power thwarted by the implacable opposition of a democratic assembly. The prime minister today
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The Guardian view on Trump and arms: can the doomsday clock be stopped? | Editorial 20 Jan 1:30pm The Guardian view on Trump and arms: can the doomsday clock be stopped? | Editorial
The threat of an arms race is real and growing. The news of recent days has highlighted the dangersHow late is it now? On Thursday, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will announce the time on its
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Why it sticks in the craw to see billionaire Trump ‘slumming it’ | Barbara Ellen 19 Jan 2:28pm Why it sticks in the craw to see billionaire Trump ‘slumming it’ | Barbara Ellen
For him, junk food signifies being down to earth; to others, it is all that they can afford It comes to something when the perfect way to demonstrate wealth and status is by “slumming it” with junk food. First up, President
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18 Jan 7:37pm Trump and Lindsey Graham
The South Carolina senator has reasons to back the President.
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How About Some Russia Facts? 14 Jan 7:22pm How About Some Russia Facts?
If Trump hates media innuendo, he can release the FBI documents.
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Psychological processes at work in Trump and the Brexiters | Letters 14 Jan 12:48pm Psychological processes at work in Trump and the Brexiters | Letters
The pattern is clinically well known and exemplifies one response to attachment insecurity seen first when children are younger than two, writes
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Brexit T-shirts: artist Jeremy Deller sums up in two words what millions are thinking 14 Jan 12:37pm Brexit T-shirts: artist Jeremy Deller sums up in two words what millions are thinking
Deller’s sweary protest T-shirts are a welcome blast of humour into the stagnant Brexit debate When I was a teenager in the 80s, we all had badges – “Don’t blame me, I voted Labour” badges, and “Protest and survive” badges (an anti-nuclear slogan, riffing on the government information films, Protect and Survive), and badges with a great big smiling sun on them, the beginning of climate consciousness. (My cousin once pulled a policeman in a nightclub, and when she put her coat on and he saw the badges, he wouldn’t go home with her.) Then political accessorising fell way out of fashion, until now. Anti-Trump sloganeering dominated the last New York fashion week, while we have anti-Brexit merch.
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Syrian Kurds are desperate, and Trump’s divisive rhetoric makes things worse | Ranj Alaaldin 14 Jan 11:44am Syrian Kurds are desperate, and Trump’s divisive rhetoric makes things worse | Ranj Alaaldin
The US, Turkey and the YPG can still compromise and avoid the worst outcome: Assad and his backers regaining controlSince last month’s
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US TV networks put ratings over principle by airing Trump speech | Emily Bell 13 Jan 9:00am US TV networks put ratings over principle by airing Trump speech | Emily Bell
Broadcasters criticised for giving president access, as fact checking becomes a media event Donald Trump’s speech on the Mexican “border crisis”, delivered live from the Oval Office last week, marked a milestone in his brief but historically chaotic presidency; it revealed serious errors of judgment that weren’t simply down to him. Unfortunately for commercial media outlets, it was their shortcomings that attracted almost as much attention and criticism as the scaremongering speech itself. It is the hallmark of many non-Democratic countries that tinpot dictators appear, at the drop of a hat, on national broadcast outlets. Even in functioning democracies you can measure the importance of a national moment by whether the head of state or government pops up in prime time. For this reason appearances by US presidents on all TV networks were traditionally a relatively rare occurrence. When they do happen, the decision to run them is made on an ad hoc basis by the heads of those networks.
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Politicians Never Lied Before Trump 11 Jan 6:34pm Politicians Never Lied Before Trump
Look past the circus of democracy: The U.S. is finally facing up to its border failures.
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11 Jan 4:45pm Trump Tweet of the Day
A call to import more engineering talent will clarify the Pelosi agenda.
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The aliens are coming. And they’ve caught us with our pants down | James Felton 11 Jan 7:07am The aliens are coming. And they’ve caught us with our pants down | James Felton
Radio signals could be signs of extraterrestrial life. But, with Brexit and Trump, could they have chosen a worse time to call? Earlier this week, astronomers announced that they had observed repeated bursts of radio waves coming from deep space, with some experts suggesting this could be
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10 Jan 7:01pm End This Stupid Shutdown
Trump is unserious, but so are Schumer and Pelosi. Two decades of cynical game-playing are enough.
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Trump and the Brexiters should own the mess they lied us into | Gary Younge 10 Jan 1:28pm Trump and the Brexiters should own the mess they lied us into | Gary Younge
Finally, their cheap rhetoric and empty promises are butting up against hard realitiesThree years ago, shortly after I arrived back in Britain after 12 years in the US,
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The Guardian view on Trump and the wall: useful for him, not for the US | Editorial 9 Jan 1:30pm The Guardian view on Trump and the wall: useful for him, not for the US | Editorial
The promise to ‘build the wall’ worked for Trump as a candidate, and he continues to use it as president. Americans are paying the price with what has become the second longest government shutdownEven Donald Trump appeared almost dazzled by the magical efficacy of one of the mantras of his 2016 campaign. If a rally got a little boring, and he sensed that people might be thinking of leaving, “I just say, ‘We will build the wall!’ and they go nuts,” he
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We might mock Trump and his wall, but it’s not so different in Britain | Jonathan Freedland 9 Jan 6:47am We might mock Trump and his wall, but it’s not so different in Britain | Jonathan Freedland
The US president’s obsession has shut down the government, while the PM’s red line on immigration has paralysed the UK One of the few comforts available to Brexit Britain is the thought that, no matter how dysfunctional we’ve become, at least we’re not Trump’s America. We may be crazy, reduced to
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Who Is More Macho? 8 Jan 10:59pm Who Is More Macho?
Trump and Democrats talk past one another again on immigration.
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Could Emergency Powers Build the Wall? 8 Jan 7:01pm Could Emergency Powers Build the Wall?
Trump says he can move without consent of Congress, but legal scholars are divided.
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Just when I thought I knew what a tweet was… | Brief letters 8 Jan 1:43pm Just when I thought I knew what a tweet was… | Brief letters
Tweets | TV licences for the over-75s | Peaky Blinders cap | Sack Marina Hyde | Divorce by text messageHaving only recently learned that a tweet is a social media message, I read that “White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, announced that Trump would be travelling to the southern border in a tweet” (
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Carcinogens in your cosmetics? Welcome to Brexit Britain | Caroline Criado-Perez 8 Jan 5:00am Carcinogens in your cosmetics? Welcome to Brexit Britain | Caroline Criado-Perez
Leaving means losing stringent EU rules on hazardous chemicals in makeup in favour of opaque US-style self-regulation How would you feel about putting a lovely dollop of formaldehyde on your nails? No? Well, perhaps I could interest you in a sprinkling of asbestos for your skin? Hmm, tricky customer, eh? OK, surely you couldn’t object to some coal tar on your eyelids, to really make them pop. Oh, come on, who wouldn’t risk a little light cancer for a really banging shade of eyeshadow? You wouldn’t? Too bad. In our brave new Brexit world, where EU legislation is no longer in force, and we are forced to accept trade deals on Trump’s terms, expect all these known carcinogens and more to be appearing on a beauty shelf near you. Since 2007 UK consumers have been protected by the EU’s “precautionary principle”. Essentially, the EU doesn’t think that chemicals that have been linked to cancer and birth defects belong in cosmetics, and so they are banned from use in consumer products. And who could argue with that?
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The Drug Price-Control Threat 7 Jan 8:02pm The Drug Price-Control Threat
Trump, Sanders and Warren sound the same themes. Watch out.
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A message to the mob: behave on social media as you would in real life | Penny Anderson 7 Jan 4:59am A message to the mob: behave on social media as you would in real life | Penny Anderson
Many people disagreed with an piece I wrote on HMV, but the abuse I got on Twitter was distressing and isolatingI love social media, I really do. I relish any opportunity to interact with people I may never meet in person, strangers with similar interests. Sadly, I am usually boring, sharing articles, posting about social issues, art, occasionally music and, increasingly, ornithology. I have relatively few followers and do not actively seek more by being self-consciously “witty”. I follow only those I know or find interesting. If I consider someone to be a septic pustule (Donald Trump, for example) why would I follow them when I would walk away if they joined my mates in a pub? I’ve made friends, have even met some in person: social media has provided an overwhelmingly positive experience.
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Will it be a black woman who turfs Trump out of the White House? | Richard Wolffe 6 Jan 1:23pm Will it be a black woman who turfs Trump out of the White House? | Richard Wolffe
Democrat Kamala Harris embodies the driving force behind the party’s electoral surge. She may be their best bet for 2020
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This is the Nancy Pelosi moment and Donald Trump should be very afraid | Sarah Churchwell 6 Jan 3:00am This is the Nancy Pelosi moment and Donald Trump should be very afraid | Sarah Churchwell
For two years the President has shown disdain for the institutions and practises of governance. Bad move. A new era has just dawnedThe Trump White House has frequently been called chaotic, wild, undisciplined, disorderly. But a better word might be “unruly,” because if there’s one thing Donald Trump can’t abide, it’s rules. Not only has the Trump administration signally failed to follow the rules, it’s not clear it ever bothered to learn them. But as the Democrats
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Keeping up with the Kardashians means paying other women to have your babies | Catherine Bennett 6 Jan 12:59am Keeping up with the Kardashians means paying other women to have your babies | Catherine Bennett
If a group of men have their say Britain could soon have its own lucrative surrogate industryBehold the handmaid (#2) of the Kardashians. Or at least, that of Kim, the celebrity, and Kanye, artist and Trump loyalist. The couple have just
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Democrats are battling Trump. But on Brexit, Labour is tongue-tied | Jonathan Freedland 4 Jan 12:42pm Democrats are battling Trump. But on Brexit, Labour is tongue-tied | Jonathan Freedland
In nine weeks’ time Britain could crash out of the EU with no deal. But the official opposition is still sitting on the fenceI’m suffering from a bad case of opposition envy. Perhaps you missed this only-recently- discovered malady, among all the new year detox supplements and guides “to a new you”. In which case, let me fill you in.
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Donald Trump has a point – the world should start solving its own problems | Simon Jenkins 4 Jan 2:33am Updated Donald Trump has a point – the world should start solving its own problems | Simon Jenkins
For all his antics on the Mexican border, the US president is right to be withdrawing troops from Syria For a Briton to spend time in the US just now is a blessed relief. Whole days pass, and no talk of Brexit. It is as if a pall has lifted from the art of conversation. But the US has its own deep divide, slashing through the populist body politic. It is Donald Trump and “America first”. Trump has become a phenomenon. Like Samson in the temple, he seems able to topple the entire edifice of policy. Down crashes
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Enter the House of Pelosi 2 Jan 6:57pm Enter the House of Pelosi
The main Democratic goal will be destroying Donald Trump.
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Trump at the Turn 2 Jan 6:52pm Trump at the Turn
We have entered a Trumpian Twilight Zone and the path forward is not clear.
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I thought online fakes would cause an infopocalypse | Alex Hern 2 Jan 3:00am I thought online fakes would cause an infopocalypse | Alex Hern
Turns out hoaxes and lies have always been with us. The internet just gave them a wider audienceRemember when Barack Obama called President Trump a “total and complete dipshit”? No, me neither. But if you search for it, there’s a
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Will Democrats Overplay Their Good Hand? 1 Jan 3:25pm Will Democrats Overplay Their Good Hand?
Trump is vulnerable, but the public is looking for an alternative in tone, not a left-wing mirror image.
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Trump May Be the True Liberal 31 Dec 2018, 6:21pm Trump May Be the True Liberal
Today’s progressives have embraced illiberalism, from speech codes to identity politics.
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Elizabeth Warren Dives In 31 Dec 2018, 6:20pm Elizabeth Warren Dives In
She’ll counter Trump’s populism with a left-wing economic version.
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A Way Out of the Shutdown 31 Dec 2018, 6:18pm A Way Out of the Shutdown
Trump should trade Dreamer legalization for more border money.
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If Democrats Were Shrewd . . . 30 Dec 2018, 2:59pm If Democrats Were Shrewd . . .
They’d divide and conquer, splitting Trump and his populist base from more conventional Republicans.
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2019, a grim year in prospect – cartoon 29 Dec 2018, 1:00pm 2019, a grim year in prospect – cartoon
Brexit, Trump, Putin… but the biggest threat to our future is climate change
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The Chief Justice and the President 27 Dec 2018, 7:33pm The Chief Justice and the President
John Roberts would be more credible rebuking Donald Trump if he did more to rein in the lower courts.
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The Syria Fallout 27 Dec 2018, 7:33pm The Syria Fallout
At least Trump says he’s not withdrawing troops from Iraq too.
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Trump Insiders, Come Out of the Shadows 27 Dec 2018, 7:24pm Trump Insiders, Come Out of the Shadows
America needs candor. The president’s supporters won’t be convinced by anonymous testimony.
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The Hidden Cost of a Government Shutdown 27 Dec 2018, 7:06pm The Hidden Cost of a Government Shutdown
The Trump administration plays it down by counting only employees formally on the federal payroll.
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27 Dec 2018, 6:27pm The Day* Without a Trump Tweet
A review of the President’s recent time on and off social media.
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Seamus Jennings on Brexit, Trump and Putin in 2018 – cartoon 27 Dec 2018, 2:10pm Seamus Jennings on Brexit, Trump and Putin in 2018 – cartoon
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump in 2019: the year of reckoning | Editorial 27 Dec 2018, 12:30pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump in 2019: the year of reckoning | Editorial
Any hopes that the US political system would be able to work around a destructive president look foolish now. Expect more direct confrontations in the new yearAt first sight, Donald Trump’s presidency might seem to prove that, in the end, people can get used to anything. Mr Trump’s election two years ago was an enormous shock to the American system. Soon, however, many persuaded themselves that the system would find ways of working around the Trump threat. There was much talk of
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The best way to scupper Putin and Trump? Scrap Brexit | Natalie Nougayrède 27 Dec 2018, 11:02am The best way to scupper Putin and Trump? Scrap Brexit | Natalie Nougayrède
The autocratic Russian and US presidents see the UK leaving the EU as a vindication of their worldviewLast week I was browsing through Henry Kissinger’s
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The Constant Spin Zone 26 Dec 2018, 7:31pm The Constant Spin Zone
How one publication reported Trump’s trip to see troops in Iraq.
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Trump the Opera---II 26 Dec 2018, 7:06pm Trump the Opera---II
After many victories over the Obamaites, the U.S. president is hungry for more.
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Jimmy Carter’s howay days in Newcastle | Brief letters 26 Dec 2018, 11:51am Jimmy Carter’s howay days in Newcastle | Brief letters
Homelessness and MPs | Mathew Law | Presidential visit | Donald Trump’s wall | Easter origins | Scotland’s MacedoniaNearly 600 homeless die on the streets (
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Outside the EU, Britain faces a bleak future in Trump’s world | Simon Tisdall 26 Dec 2018, 7:06am Outside the EU, Britain faces a bleak future in Trump’s world | Simon Tisdall
The US president is rewriting the international rule book that the UK will rely on to survive if it goes it aloneDisagreements over the terms of Britain’s departure from the EU are obscuring the daunting international challenges that await the country once it supposedly shakes off Europe’s shackles. It’s a tough, unforgiving world out there, and 2019 is shaping up to be an even bigger rough-house than usual. By jettisoning a pivotal alliance, Britain no-mates is seriously weakening its capacity to manage these looming threats. The spectre of Donald Trump lies at the heart of ominous turbulence on the global horizon. Nearly halfway through his term, the 45th US president is helping to create a world where old rules don’t apply and long-held assumptions, such as Britain’s claim to a “special relationship” with Washington, are an anachronistic embarrassment.
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The Kurds and Trump’s Syria withdrawal | Letters 25 Dec 2018, 12:10pm The Kurds and Trump’s Syria withdrawal | Letters
Readers respond to the US president’s decision to bring the troops homeIn criticising Trump’s abrupt withdrawal from Syria, Janine di Giovanni won’t admit that what passed for American policy – and by default that of the west – never made sense (
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The Phony Shutdown War 23 Dec 2018, 4:07pm The Phony Shutdown War
Trump and Democrats put political symbolism over policy substance.
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The Observer view on Donald Trump’s uncontrolled and increasingly reckless behaviour | Observer editorial 23 Dec 2018, 1:00am The Observer view on Donald Trump’s uncontrolled and increasingly reckless behaviour | Observer editorial
The US president’s actions on all fronts are now a matter of global concern If Donald Trump
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Trump’s Syria withdrawal has handed a huge gift to Islamic State | Janine di Giovanni 22 Dec 2018, 1:00am Trump’s Syria withdrawal has handed a huge gift to Islamic State | Janine di Giovanni
The president’s announcement will destroy any trust in the US among local allies fighting terror Christmas came early in Syria. Donald Trump’s surprise tweet heralding the
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The Mattis Repercussions 21 Dec 2018, 6:47pm The Mattis Repercussions
Why Trump’s handling of Syria and the Pentagon this week is so damaging.
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Trump, Brexit, climate change: despair is everywhere. Yet still I can marvel at our humanity | Jonathan Freedland 21 Dec 2018, 12:42pm Trump, Brexit, climate change: despair is everywhere. Yet still I can marvel at our humanity | Jonathan Freedland
From the response to Windrush to scientific wonders – at times like this we need to remind ourselves what we are capable ofLord knows, there are reasons to be cheerless this Christmas. If you’re British, you have your pick of sources of misery. You could be anxious that we are less than 100 days away from a
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James Mattis helped keep Trump in check. The world will miss him | Peter Beaumont 21 Dec 2018, 9:01am James Mattis helped keep Trump in check. The world will miss him | Peter Beaumont
The decision to pull out of Syria has dismayed allies, delighted foes – and proved the final straw for the US secretary of defenceIn mid-October General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, issued a
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Love can thrive if we leave our comfort zones, even in the age of Brexit and Trump | Gaby Hinsliff 21 Dec 2018, 1:00am Love can thrive if we leave our comfort zones, even in the age of Brexit and Trump | Gaby Hinsliff
Being able to civilly disagree with a loved one teaches us a valuable lesson in restraint and humilityThe path of true love never did run smooth. But for Trump voters, it seems to be especially rocky. Or so says Emily Moreno, who recently founded a dating app for conservative Americans, after noticing how many of her Republican friends were complaining of being sexually shunned for their political allegiances. “If people do get a date, either they have to self-censor or they don’t get a second date,” she tells this month’s
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The Trump Volatility Risks 20 Dec 2018, 7:58pm The Trump Volatility Risks
The President indulges his worst impulses and loses a defense chief.
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Lessons of a Crime Bill 20 Dec 2018, 7:43pm Lessons of a Crime Bill
Trump is succeeding when Obama failed, and many deserve credit.
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The Lamest Lame Duck 19 Dec 2018, 7:23pm The Lamest Lame Duck
Trump’s shutdown folly has cost the GOP any last-ditch victories.
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Women Who Love Trump 19 Dec 2018, 7:13pm Women Who Love Trump
His approval among female Republicans is 93%—higher than among GOP men.
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Interpreting the Trump Meteor 18 Dec 2018, 7:32pm Interpreting the Trump Meteor
His survival fight may at least buy time for a few important lessons to sink in.
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An Immigration Compromise That Just Might Work 18 Dec 2018, 7:31pm An Immigration Compromise That Just Might Work
Trump gets his wall, the ‘Dreamers’ get to stay, and both parties go home happy for Christmas.
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The Trump Tax Cuts Boosted Growth and Jobs, but at What Cost? 18 Dec 2018, 7:21pm The Trump Tax Cuts Boosted Growth and Jobs, but at What Cost?
The deficit has ballooned, and most of the benefits went to corporate profits rather than employees.
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A rightwing cult is driving Brexit Britain towards the cliff-edge | Polly Toynbee 17 Dec 2018, 2:33pm A rightwing cult is driving Brexit Britain towards the cliff-edge | Polly Toynbee
The looming economic slump is of no concern to Brexiteers fighting for the survival of their fantasy projectHappy Brexit Christmas, everyone. This is not taking back control; this is no one in control, as bad economic news batters in day after day. Storm warnings of a global Trump trade war threaten, but the Brexit limbo is causing our own made-in-Britain slump. We are not yet at the cliff edge, just slipping down a mudslide of decline.
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Steve Bannon and his bedroom badinage | Jonathan Bouquet 16 Dec 2018, 1:00am Steve Bannon and his bedroom badinage | Jonathan Bouquet
Donald Trump’s former strategist invokes The Godfather in his defence of the president What with
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Mulvaney Into the Breach 14 Dec 2018, 7:00pm Mulvaney Into the Breach
Trump makes a good choice for chief of staff, if the President lets him do his job.
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A Magic Pony Is the Wrong Horse to Back 14 Dec 2018, 6:02pm Updated A Magic Pony Is the Wrong Horse to Back
Trump, like Obama before him, appealed primarily to emotion. That’s a troubling political trend.
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Sage Grouse Sanity, At Last 13 Dec 2018, 7:14pm Sage Grouse Sanity, At Last
Western states welcome the new Trump plans for the bird’s habitat.
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13 Dec 2018, 3:45pm Trump and Campaign Finance
News organizations had an interesting take when the law was applied to others.
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The Global Swamp 12 Dec 2018, 6:45pm The Global Swamp
Donald Trump should export MAGA caps to Macron’s France and May’s England.
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Tehran Counts on a Divided West 12 Dec 2018, 6:21pm Tehran Counts on a Divided West
The Trump administration must persuade Democrats and foreign allies to counter the regime’s aggression.
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Trump Defends the International Order 11 Dec 2018, 7:15pm Trump Defends the International Order
His administration is reasserting the nation-state’s role in a free and open multilateral system.
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Thank You, John Kelly 10 Dec 2018, 7:05pm Thank You, John Kelly
Trump seems to think he can be his own chief of staff.
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Wrap It Up, Mr. Mueller 9 Dec 2018, 6:40pm Wrap It Up, Mr. Mueller
Democratic dilemma: Impeach Trump for lying about sex?
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No New Nafta Until Tariffs Have Been Lifted 9 Dec 2018, 5:51pm No New Nafta Until Tariffs Have Been Lifted
Trump made a promise, and Congress should hold him accountable for it.
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump: the net closes | Editorial 9 Dec 2018, 1:30pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump: the net closes | Editorial
Contempt and indignation, however deserved, won’t end the presidency of Donald Trump. What’s needed is the operation of the law. That may be coming closerThat President Trump is an almost compulsive liar, a man who is incurious about the world except to the extent that it can satisfy his crude immediate desires, has been obvious since he
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The dramatic arrest that threatens to ramp up trade tensions between the US and China | Will Hutton 9 Dec 2018, 12:59am The dramatic arrest that threatens to ramp up trade tensions between the US and China | Will Hutton
Trump might have a point in his anxiety about Xi’s ambitions on the technology frontThe arrest and request for extradition of a top executive of one of the world’s biggest tech companies is scarcely business as usual. But that is what happened to Huawei’s chief financial officer,
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Donald Trump and Xi Jinping have brokered peace. It will be sorely tested | Kevin Rudd 5 Dec 2018, 6:39am Donald Trump and Xi Jinping have brokered peace. It will be sorely tested | Kevin Rudd
The trade agreements thrashed out in Buenos Aires amount to a fragile truce. By March, we will know the true lay of the landWhat
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Across Trump’s America, the grassroots are growing radical | DD Guttenplan 5 Dec 2018, 1:00am Across Trump’s America, the grassroots are growing radical | DD Guttenplan
While Democrats and Republicans argue over the midterms, popular activists have carried new candidates to success Depending on which media you consume, Donald Trump will either leave office in handcuffs – or coast to a second term. Making sense of American politics has never been easy, but the extreme polarisation of the press and the public has made it much more difficult. Last month’s midterm results were no exception. Were they a
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Who is behind the push for a post-Brexit free trade deal with the US? | Felicity Lawrence 4 Dec 2018, 1:00am Who is behind the push for a post-Brexit free trade deal with the US? | Felicity Lawrence
What we didn’t vote for in the EU referendum was a clutch of rightwing thinktanks seeking to capture our democracy What is it that hard Brexiters and Donald Trump want so much in a free trade agreement between Britain and the US that they are adamant only a complete break with the EU could achieve it, while
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What if Trump Really Wanted to Make America Great Again? 3 Dec 2018, 6:54pm What if Trump Really Wanted to Make America Great Again?
He’d strengthen labor unions, fortify pensions, raise estate taxes and reduce income equality.
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The Senate and the Saudis 3 Dec 2018, 6:42pm The Senate and the Saudis
Lee-Sanders goes too far but Trump is losing control of his policy.
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Fun and games and hiding from MBS at the G20 summit | Hannah Jane Parkinson 3 Dec 2018, 1:58pm Fun and games and hiding from MBS at the G20 summit | Hannah Jane Parkinson
New friends are made, old friends are reunited – and Donald Trump thinks he’s on I’m a Celebrity … Remember last year’s G20 summit, when Angela Merkel started grinding on people when Kraftwerk came on? And Christine Lagarde got trashed and started telling maths-based jokes and nobody knew what she was on about? This year’s was just as much a hoot, rivalling a
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Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and climate change – cartoon 3 Dec 2018, 1:41pm Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and climate change – cartoon
a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2018/dec/03/ben-jennings-donald-trump-climate-change-cartoon">Continue reading...
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Humanism should trump tribalism | Letter 3 Dec 2018, 12:38pm Humanism should trump tribalism | Letter
The humanist worldview is gaining acceptance, writes
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The Wizard of Oz is a grotesque predictor of Trump’s America | Bidisha 3 Dec 2018, 3:00am The Wizard of Oz is a grotesque predictor of Trump’s America | Bidisha
It’s impossible to watch the newly crowned ‘most influential film ever’ without seeing the parallels to the sickly US of todayThe Wizard of Oz is such a classic film that I don’t remember the first time I saw it. It seemed to be on TV every Christmas during my childhood and became a part of my cultural education, a formative film language. A new study claims the film, which went through a staggering run of directors, writers, songwriters and script edits during its production, is the
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Nafta Suicide Note 2 Dec 2018, 5:56pm Nafta Suicide Note
Trump threatens to give Nancy Pelosi even more political leverage over his new trade deal.
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The Observer view on Donald Trump’s growing list of failures | Observer editorial 2 Dec 2018, 1:00am The Observer view on Donald Trump’s growing list of failures | Observer editorial
The US president’s renowned ‘base’ will not tolerate many more job losses or fiscal blunders It has been a difficult week for Donald Trump. A series of reverses at home was followed in short order by one of the US president’s least favourite things – obligatory participation in an international summit, namely this weekend’s
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