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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
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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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If you thought Snake Plissken’s New York was a dangerous place... | Kevin McKenna 2 Dec 2018, 12:59am If you thought Snake Plissken’s New York was a dangerous place... | Kevin McKenna
Trump in power; the farce of Brexit; dire warnings of power shortages – welcome to dystopia now Film reviewers often reach for a clutch of well-thumbed words and phrases to convey a sense of time and place quickly. This is not a criticism. These reviewers are rarely given sufficient space to explore often complicated themes of several films at a time. A familiar locution, understood by all readers, allows them to cut to the action, as it were. “Dystopian nightmare” is one of them and when I see this deployed by my favourite reviewers my interest is piqued.
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s credibility: America’s compromised leader | Editorial 30 Nov 2018, 1:30pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s credibility: America’s compromised leader | Editorial
As the Mueller investigation continues to produce troubling charges against his innermost circle, the US president’s word is increasingly suspect both at home and abroadEarlier this week
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You’d think Ivanka Trump would be worried about her emails. But guess what? | Emma Brockes 30 Nov 2018, 9:00am You’d think Ivanka Trump would be worried about her emails. But guess what? | Emma Brockes
Despite the revelations about her use of private emails she’s bounced back, and is borrowing from the president’s playbookFor what seems like long stretches, I forget about Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner; and then, in weeks such as this, when both are in the news –
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The Michael Cohen Show 29 Nov 2018, 6:59pm The Michael Cohen Show
Another Trump-Russia smoking gun emerges, or not.
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The ABA Strikes Back 29 Nov 2018, 6:41pm The ABA Strikes Back
After a demotion from Trump, the lawyers guild smears judicial nominees.
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Trump Ridicules Republicans 28 Nov 2018, 6:42pm Trump Ridicules Republicans
The president could pay a price for kicking the defeated members of his own party.
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Is Melania Trump sending us a message through her creepy Christmas trees? 28 Nov 2018, 12:21pm Is Melania Trump sending us a message through her creepy Christmas trees?
First there was the ‘I really don’t care’ jacket. Now there are her sinister decorations. What is she trying to convey? There is something exquisite about Melania Trump, and I am not talking about her appearance or what she (probably) smells like. She doesn’t defy interpretation so much as beguile it; you want to strip away the layers, but you know you do so at your peril; the layers might be all there is. Mystery piles on mystery: who owns a jacket sporting the words
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Yes, Donald Trump is talking perfect sense on May’s Brexit deal | Peter Mandelson 27 Nov 2018, 2:30pm Yes, Donald Trump is talking perfect sense on May’s Brexit deal | Peter Mandelson
Negotiating trade terms is a long, painful process – and a deal with the US may never happen
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Nixon, Now More Than Ever 27 Nov 2018, 9:02am Updated Nixon, Now More Than Ever
Trump could use an elder statesman to tell the Saudis what they need to hear.
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Trump’s Brexit bomb is a brutal reminder that May’s work has barely started | Gaby Hinsliff 27 Nov 2018, 6:35am Trump’s Brexit bomb is a brutal reminder that May’s work has barely started | Gaby Hinsliff
Even if the PM’s deal gets through parliament, she faces negotiations with countries whose power far outweighs oursThere is no political crisis so bad that Donald Trump can’t somehow manage to make it worse. And so it has come to pass with Brexit. Just as Theresa May is straining to persuade the nation that her compromise deal isn’t as bad as it sounds, our erstwhile ally pops up to pour a bucket of cold water all over it. Britain “
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Putin Tests Trump on Ukraine 26 Nov 2018, 7:16pm Putin Tests Trump on Ukraine
The Russian is watching the response to his latest military aggression.
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The Deal America and China Need 26 Nov 2018, 7:03pm The Deal America and China Need
It is in both countries’ interests to back away from the brink. Can Trump offer Xi a way to save face?
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Trump Kicked the Sluggish Economy Into High Gear 25 Nov 2018, 2:53pm Trump Kicked the Sluggish Economy Into High Gear
Obama wants credit for faster growth, but compare Obama’s last 21 months to Trump’s first 21.
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On Saudi Arabia, Trump Has a Clue 24 Nov 2018, 12:43pm Updated On Saudi Arabia, Trump Has a Clue
Mr. Trump’s cardinal fault is his failure to ritualize the expected hypocrisies.
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From Trump to Boris Johnson: how the wealthy tell us what ‘real folk’ want | Gary Younge 23 Nov 2018, 1:00am From Trump to Boris Johnson: how the wealthy tell us what ‘real folk’ want | Gary Younge
Rightwing populists weaponise culture as a way to protect privilege I remember the first time I started to understand Donald Trump’s appeal to white, working-class Americans. It was in 2016, a few days before
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Americans Turned to Trump to Roll Back the Progressive Tide 19 Nov 2018, 7:16pm Americans Turned to Trump to Roll Back the Progressive Tide
To understand his appeal, look at the excesses of liberals in recent years. He’s a wall against the wave.
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Trump’s economic war on Iran is doomed to failure | Richard Dalton 16 Nov 2018, 9:59am Trump’s economic war on Iran is doomed to failure | Richard Dalton
With demand for Iranian oil holding firm and no international support for sanctions, the US’s harsh approach has no future The US has declared economic war on Iran: after having
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America Is Not an Island 15 Nov 2018, 7:54pm America Is Not an Island
As the world economy slows, Trump and the Fed need to adapt.
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Andrzej Krauze on the Paris Peace Forum – cartoon 14 Nov 2018, 1:00am Andrzej Krauze on the Paris Peace Forum – cartoon
In what was perceived as a criticism of Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron warned against ‘rising nationalism’ at a gathering of world leaders on the centenary of Armistice Day
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Trump Is Right About Nationalism 13 Nov 2018, 7:08pm Trump Is Right About Nationalism
It’s not just about interests or even values. Americans cherish our country’s shared history and character.
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A Judicial Keystone Kop 13 Nov 2018, 7:05pm A Judicial Keystone Kop
The anti-Trump legal resistance expands to the oil pipeline.
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The Trumps-Macrons do Paris: what to make of the snapshots 13 Nov 2018, 7:21am The Trumps-Macrons do Paris: what to make of the snapshots
The state visit to France is another flawless double date captured for posterity It doesn’t take a genius to respect the war dead. I managed to do it aged 13 on a school trip to the Somme – and I didn’t become a genius until the following academic year. But – and you knew this was coming – it seemed too difficult for one man: the president of the United States. Trump blamed the weather grounding his helicopter for his no-show at a memorial to American soldiers (there was some light rain), and then, when people pointed out he could have just driven there, said
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Even the Libertarians Get Luckey Sometimes 12 Nov 2018, 6:45pm Even the Libertarians Get Luckey Sometimes
Facebook pressured a top exec to say he supported Gary Johnson over Trump.
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In Trump’s age of aggro, can honorifics help us be more civil? | Paul Chadwick 11 Nov 2018, 2:00pm In Trump’s age of aggro, can honorifics help us be more civil? | Paul Chadwick
A reader has suggested the Guardian end its use of titles entirely – I would be interested to hear people’s views Is it likely that more use of honorifics would help us push back against the coarse incivility of much contemporary public debate in Donald Trump’s age of aggro? The question occurred after a reader wrote to encourage the opposite, that the Guardian abandon all titles. “In this age of non-deference and gender neutrality is it not high time that the Guardian took this further and binned the titles of sir, dame, lord, lady, baroness and suchlike?” was the reader’s ambit claim.
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Ben Jennings on Donald Trump marking the armistice – cartoon 11 Nov 2018, 1:17pm Ben Jennings on Donald Trump marking the armistice – cartoon
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US democracy: crisis, what crisis? | Letters 11 Nov 2018, 12:49pm US democracy: crisis, what crisis? | Letters
Donald Trump’s election is not a symptom of failing US democracy, says
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The Observer view on Donald Trump being at bay after the midterms | Observer editorial 11 Nov 2018, 12:59am The Observer view on Donald Trump being at bay after the midterms | Observer editorial
The results of the elections will send him in search of a spectacular distraction from his losses Air Force One landed in France on Friday bearing a wounded president. Donald Trump has reacted to the loss of the House of Representatives to the Democrats with characteristic petulance,
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The Blue Wave Breaks Gently 9 Nov 2018, 6:33pm The Blue Wave Breaks Gently
An election conducted as a referendum on Trump ends up reinforcing the ranks of Trump loyalists.
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America Could Use Some Deals 9 Nov 2018, 3:24pm Updated America Could Use Some Deals
Trump suffered a loss but not a repudiation. The Democrats should think of themselves as his board.
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US democracy is in crisis. But Trump is only the symptom | Jonathan Freedland 9 Nov 2018, 1:00pm US democracy is in crisis. But Trump is only the symptom | Jonathan Freedland
A system that favours the white, rural minority over the diverse majority will soon lose legitimacy in the eyes of its citizensThe talk in the US is of constitutional crisis. It’s been looming for a while, thanks to the Mueller investigation into suspected collusion between the Trump campaign and Kremlin efforts to swing the 2016 election. At some point – perhaps when special counsel Robert Mueller
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We now know it’s folly to rage against Trump | Simon Jenkins 9 Nov 2018, 1:00am We now know it’s folly to rage against Trump | Simon Jenkins
The president will never be out-ranted. These elections show that his supporters still want to be heardIn the
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Trump isn’t going anywhere. It’s time for ‘Europe First’ | Martin Kettle 8 Nov 2018, 12:21pm Trump isn’t going anywhere. It’s time for ‘Europe First’ | Martin Kettle
With America no longer a reliable ally, Britain must hug its natural partners close if it wants to defend its interestsFew things about British political culture are as characteristic and as demeaning as the collective cringe before the United States. The cringe takes many forms. It ranges from the inflated preoccupation with the
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Populism, Trump and the US midterms – Politics Weekly podcast 8 Nov 2018, 11:53am Populism, Trump and the US midterms – Politics Weekly podcast
Pippa Crerar is joined by Gary Younge, Matthew Goodwin, Stephen Booth and Rafael Behr to discuss the results of the US midterms, and what the results mean for the tide of national populism around the world It was a tale of two chambers: in Tuesday’s US midterms the Democrats’ so-called ‘blue wave’ won the House of Representatives, while Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate. So how bad were the results for Donald Trump? And in the wake of the midterm results, we discuss whether national populism is on the wane. Is populism a last protest vote from an ageing electorate, or is it more than that?
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The US press corps has to learn to stand up to Trump | Suzanne Moore 8 Nov 2018, 8:15am The US press corps has to learn to stand up to Trump | Suzanne Moore
Journalists are too complicit in the ritual degradations at the president’s press conferences. Why not just walk out?What sort of person sits and watches a colleague being bullied and says nothing? Someone in a low-status job fearful of their boss, someone with low self-esteem who thinks they can do nothing, someone who feels powerless. Someone who is a coward? Maybe. This is the way the bully is sanctified and lives to fight another day. I wouldn’t say that my profession is full of people with low self-esteem or who are easily cowed. I like to think of all the noble and brave reporters out there; I know most hacks are egomaniacs. So how then do we explain the entire press corps at
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The Nancy Pelosi Method 7 Nov 2018, 7:02pm The Nancy Pelosi Method
She’ll try to lure Trump into bad deals. Hope for two years of gridlock.
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Trump 2.0 Begins 7 Nov 2018, 5:05pm Trump 2.0 Begins
The president will have trouble reassembling his 2016 coalition unless he changes.
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7 Nov 2018, 1:44pm Trump, Kavanaugh and McCain Drive Election Results
Republicans suffered from health reform failure but an energized base clears the way for more conservative judges.
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The Guardian view on the US midterms: a welcome start | Editorial 7 Nov 2018, 1:15pm The Guardian view on the US midterms: a welcome start | Editorial
The Democrats’ advances were essential, and will check Donald Trump’s power as well as boosting their morale. But disappointments show how far there is to goThe Democrats’
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Electric Cars and Media Explained 7 Nov 2018, 6:43am Updated Electric Cars and Media Explained
Donald Trump and Elon Musk wrongly cite ‘terrible, terrible people’ in the press.
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Trump lost the House, but he lives to fight – and lie – another day | Jonathan Freedland 7 Nov 2018, 5:18am Trump lost the House, but he lives to fight – and lie – another day | Jonathan Freedland
Voters have given Trump a slap in the face – but midterm results are not the total repudiation that many hoped forA useful rule for the Trump era is, listen to what the man says – and then believe the opposite. On that logic
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A Democratic House 7 Nov 2018, 12:22am A Democratic House
It wasn’t a blue wave but GOP losses will stymie the Trump Presidency.
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Trump Has Become a Republican 6 Nov 2018, 7:09pm Trump Has Become a Republican
Two years of intense policy battles have pushed him into a close embrace with the party ‘establishment.’
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Why Trump’s pathologies make this election unlike any other 6 Nov 2018, 11:16am Why Trump’s pathologies make this election unlike any other
Lying, demonization and bigotry – are being actively, openly and relentlessly encouraged by a political leader
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Brexit relies on the will of the people. What if we don’t know what that is? | Gaby Hinsliff 6 Nov 2018, 7:38am Brexit relies on the will of the people. What if we don’t know what that is? | Gaby Hinsliff
A Channel 4 poll shows voters now favour remain. Whether or not that’s true, politicians have little idea what the public wantRepeat after me: don’t get your hopes up. Not just about the prospects of Donald Trump getting hammered in the US midterms, difficult as that is to resist, but about the accuracy of polls that just happen to coincide with your heart’s wildest desire. The smart response to
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A Check on Trump? Good Luck 5 Nov 2018, 7:01pm A Check on Trump? Good Luck
What liberals really mean is put Democrats in charge of policy.
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Trump’s sanctions against Iran help the US’s enemies and weaken its friends| Simon Jenkins 5 Nov 2018, 6:32am Trump’s sanctions against Iran help the US’s enemies and weaken its friends| Simon Jenkins
Economic sanctions never work – they are a blunt tool that will destabilise the Middle East and embolden hardliners
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The Guardian view on the US midterms: blue wave wanted | Editorial 4 Nov 2018, 1:40pm The Guardian view on the US midterms: blue wave wanted | Editorial
These elections are more important than any in recent memory. Only a vote for a Democratic Congress can constrain Donald Trump and his campaigns of hateThe United States
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Trump blames anyone but himself - cartoon 4 Nov 2018, 1:00am Trump blames anyone but himself - cartoon
Chris Riddell on the president’s tactics in the US midterm elections
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The Observer view on the ‘cessation of hostilities’ in Yemen | Observer editorial 4 Nov 2018, 1:00am The Observer view on the ‘cessation of hostilities’ in Yemen | Observer editorial
Donald Trump’s intervention in the Yemen war would be welcome if it didn’t seem so cynical and ill-judgedThe US proposal, backed by Britain, for a “cessation of hostilities” in Yemen, to be followed by UN-led peace talks, is welcome. But it raises a number of questions. Why has it taken so long for the Trump administration to act, given that the appalling, avoidable toll on Yemeni lives exacted by the Saudi-led, western-backed bombing campaign has been well documented over the past three years? Could it be that this sudden burst of
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Why these Trump midterms will affect everyone – not just Americans | Jonathan Freedland 2 Nov 2018, 1:45pm Why these Trump midterms will affect everyone – not just Americans | Jonathan Freedland
Tuesday is a referendum that will tell politicians whether or not the last two years has been a horror show to be repudiatedEvery US election, presidential or midterm, is always hailed as the most important of our lifetimes, at least by the candidates stumping for votes. But this time the hype may actually be justified. The vote that will take place
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US midterms: all about Trump? – podcast 1 Nov 2018, 11:00pm US midterms: all about Trump? – podcast
Gary Younge visits Racine, Wisconsin, one of the bellwether races in the US midterms. In recent history the city has been a reliable predictor of which way the country will swing. But how much will the Trump factor influence the result? Plus: Gaby Hinsliff on why people hate vegans Two years on from the election of the most bombastic, divisive, jaw-dropping Republican president that America has ever seen, the Democrats finally have a chance to push back. While Trump himself is not on the ballot, the
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A Referendum on Trump 31 Oct 2018, 6:42pm A Referendum on Trump
Every half-awake Democrat will pretend each midterm vote cast is against him.
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The Case Against Birthright Citizenship 31 Oct 2018, 6:37pm The Case Against Birthright Citizenship
Trump’s critics misread the text and history of the 14th Amendment.
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Rewriting the Fourteenth Amendment 30 Oct 2018, 6:47pm Rewriting the Fourteenth Amendment
Trump’s order on birthright citizenship violates the Constitution.
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Democrats Struggle to Confront Trump-Era Reality 30 Oct 2018, 6:03pm Democrats Struggle to Confront Trump-Era Reality
Many learned the wrong lessons from 2016 and can’t handle the successes of the administration.
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump: using hate as bait | Editorial 30 Oct 2018, 2:09pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump: using hate as bait | Editorial
The US president is following a consistent strategy of creating crises over immigration and race to mobilise white support for Republicans in the midterm electionsDonald Trump is still sometimes depicted as impulsive and unpredictable. But this view is mistaken. There is method – albeit an evil method – in his madness. His behaviour in the build-up to next week’s
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Why Are Drugs Cheaper in Europe? 28 Oct 2018, 5:16pm Why Are Drugs Cheaper in Europe?
A new Trump rule would impose foreign price controls on U.S. drugs.
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The Observer view on Donald Trump’s vile rhetoric and the US pipe bombs | Observer editorial 28 Oct 2018, 1:00am The Observer view on Donald Trump’s vile rhetoric and the US pipe bombs | Observer editorial
Republican leaders see no link between the president’s rabble-rousing and the threats to some of his prominent criticsDonald Trump’s inadequate and self-referential response to last week’s spate of attempted pipe bomb attacks was, sadly, what we have come to expect from this most un-presidential of American presidents. As Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, told CNN, Trump has “never fully made the transition” from candidate to White House incumbent. It is plainly too much to hope that he ever will. Trump’s narcissistic suggestion that the attacks, which exclusively targeted his political opponents and critics, were being exploited by Democrats and the media to discredit him ahead of next month’s congressional elections was disgraceful. Trump does not understand he is president of all Americans, not only those who voted for him.
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When Trump demonises opponents, unhinged partisans take their cues | Heather Cox Richardson 27 Oct 2018, 5:00pm When Trump demonises opponents, unhinged partisans take their cues | Heather Cox Richardson
We’ve been here before. A wealthy elite convinces the masses that those who oppose them harm what makes America great. Last time, it led to the death of Abraham LincolnLast week was not the first time in American history that a crazed assassin has tried to change the trajectory of the government by killing political enemies. In 1865, when it was clear that the confederacy was about to collapse, prominent southerner John Wilkes Booth and his accomplices set out to behead their Republican opponents by killing President Abraham Lincoln, his vice-president, Andrew Johnson, and the secretary of state, William Henry Seward. The grand tragedy that martyred President Lincoln seems to dwarf the farce of a MAGA (make America great again) -inspired former exotic dancer,
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3% Growth, If We Can Keep It 26 Oct 2018, 7:11pm 3% Growth, If We Can Keep It
Trump tariffs, the Fed and a Pelosi Congress pose risks to growth.
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Don’t normalise the far right. But sometimes we must take it on | Jonathan Freedland 26 Oct 2018, 1:09pm Don’t normalise the far right. But sometimes we must take it on | Jonathan Freedland
Shunning people like Steve Bannon risks playing into their hands by allowing them to pose as victims A word of our time is “normalisation”. It warns of the error of treating as normal that which should instead be shunned. It has in its sights the xenophobic, populist and racist right embodied by Donald Trump and his henchmen, as well as their European and British allies. It says that these people should not be afforded the usual courtesies of civilised, democratic life but should instead be left out in the cold. All my instincts are with the anti-normalisers. Indeed, when it comes to Trump, I got there early,
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The Guardian view on the US pipe bombs: rage and resistance | Editorial 25 Oct 2018, 1:48pm The Guardian view on the US pipe bombs: rage and resistance | Editorial
The targeting of senior Democrats and critics of the president is another alarming indication of the political climateIn his novel 1984, George Orwell invented the Two Minutes Hate, whereby the residents of Oceania express their rage and vitriol towards its enemies. The daily ritual forged a powerful, even irresistible unified consciousness: “a hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness ... seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current,” he wrote. More than one observer of Donald Trump’s rallies as a presidential candidate
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Attacks on media in the east and west | Letters 25 Oct 2018, 1:04pm Attacks on media in the east and west | Letters
Readers discuss Jamal Khashoggi, Farzad Bazoft, and bombs sent to CNNThere are similarities in the political responses to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and the execution of the Observer journalist Farzad Bazoft by Iraq. Donald Trump’s comments about refusing to jeopardise US arms deals with Saudi Arabia are an echo of Margaret Thatcher’s statement that her government would not act against British interests with Saddam Hussein, and the attitude that Bazoft probably was spying for Israel then is similar to the smears that Khashoggi had links to the Muslim Brotherhood now as justification for inaction on the part of both governments. The UK and the US both continued to supply arms to Iraq until the invasion of Kuwait, and both continue to supply Saudi Arabia despite the horrifying destruction in Yemen. Apparently nothing has changed in the intervening years.
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Trump’s words have consequences, and he can no longer deny it | Gary Younge 25 Oct 2018, 12:17pm Trump’s words have consequences, and he can no longer deny it | Gary Younge
After the targeting of politicians and the media in a pipe-bombing campaign, it’s clear where the president’s hostile rhetoric leadsLizbeth Fierro, from Racine, Wisconsin, was 16 when Donald Trump was elected. “I thought he was a joke,” she told me. Then she noticed a change at school. “Once he was elected there were a lot more people who came out very bold and started saying mean comments about immigrants and Mexicans … I thought, ‘Wow, this is dumb, this is very dumb.’” Then in July her father, Ricardo, the former head of the Latino chamber of commerce in town and a prominent activist, was
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Trump Flunks Fed Politics 24 Oct 2018, 7:25pm Trump Flunks Fed Politics
Bashing Jay Powell makes it harder to keep interest rates low.
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Trump wants to deny my trans identity – and erase years of progress | Alex Myers 24 Oct 2018, 6:00am Trump wants to deny my trans identity – and erase years of progress | Alex Myers
I don’t know what shape my resistance will take, but I know I’ll be joined by thousands of people I’ve worked with, talked to, and educated over the past decades On Sunday, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration was considering defining gender as biological and immutable – based on genitalia at birth. As a transgender individual, and particularly as a person who has been advocating for transgender rights for the past 25 years, this news came as a gut punch. Since 1995, I have been working to explain gender to anyone who will listen. My sex at birth was female, and I was raised as a girl. But in 1995, when the word transgender was still brand new, I came out and socially transitioned, beginning my life as a boy at age 17.
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Congress Can Stand Up to the Saudis 23 Oct 2018, 7:02pm Congress Can Stand Up to the Saudis
Even if Trump won’t affirm American values, lawmakers should do so.
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Trump is creating a nuclear threat worse than the cold war | Simon Tisdall 23 Oct 2018, 11:10am Trump is creating a nuclear threat worse than the cold war | Simon Tisdall
In ditching the treaty with Russia, the US president risks an arms race with multiple nuclear powers Whoa! There he goes again. Donald Trump’s impulsive decision to rubbish a
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Arms Control for Dummies 22 Oct 2018, 7:26pm Arms Control for Dummies
Trump is right to nix a treaty that Putin has violated for a decade.
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The Curious Parallels Between Trump and Kaiser Wilhelm II 22 Oct 2018, 6:34pm The Curious Parallels Between Trump and Kaiser Wilhelm II
The German leader might have been ‘bombastic and impetuous,’ but at least he didn’t have Twitter.
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Authoritarians like Trump target trans people for a reason | Mischa Haider 22 Oct 2018, 10:45am Authoritarians like Trump target trans people for a reason | Mischa Haider
Transgender rights are crucial in the struggle not only for human rights, but women’s liberation Attacking transgender people – especially transgender women – has become a favorite strategy for authoritarians, and Trump is no exception. On Sunday, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration is attempting to narrow gender identity to the one assigned at birth – thereby denying transgender people their place in society. This is a deliberate attempt to deploy tried and tested transphobic messaging to rile up his voter base ahead of the midterm elections. Trump wants to rally conservatives while engaging in attacking a marginalized group that it is still socially acceptable to target. Unfortunately, support and inclusion of transgender individuals even among mainstream progressives is lacking, and even some self-proclaimed feminist movements advocate for trans exclusion in ways similar to the recent Trump directives.
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The Real Reason They Hate Trump 21 Oct 2018, 7:42pm The Real Reason They Hate Trump
He’s the average American in exaggerated form—blunt, simple, willing to fight, mistrustful of intellectuals.
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A Quiet Revolution Has Given the U.S. Smarter Regulations 21 Oct 2018, 2:58pm A Quiet Revolution Has Given the U.S. Smarter Regulations
But political concerns are leading to bias in the Trump EPA’s analysis of climate change.
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In the days of Bin Salman and Trump, journalists need readers’ support | Paul Chadwick 21 Oct 2018, 2:00pm In the days of Bin Salman and Trump, journalists need readers’ support | Paul Chadwick
Journalists are being increasingly silenced. Jamal Khashoggi’s brutal death prompted me to make a symbolic gestureSometimes, the only available action is symbolic. Enraged by the
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Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and the nuclear arms treaty – cartoon 21 Oct 2018, 1:25pm Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and the nuclear arms treaty – cartoon
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America Has Yet to Make Sense of Trump 19 Oct 2018, 6:44pm America Has Yet to Make Sense of Trump
Why one liberal professor says the world needs an investigative reporter like Seymour Hersh.
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A Long Way From the Arsenal of Democracy 18 Oct 2018, 7:06pm A Long Way From the Arsenal of Democracy
From Saudi arms sales to ‘Horseface,’ the weirdness of the Trump presidency never seems to let up.
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18 Oct 2018, 4:50pm Trump Fears the Fed
And history says that he should.
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Trump is crude over Saudi Arabia, but he’s simply continuing US policy | Gary Younge 18 Oct 2018, 1:10pm Trump is crude over Saudi Arabia, but he’s simply continuing US policy | Gary Younge
US presidents have been appeasing brutal dictatorships for years. Trump merely does it with appalling and brazen clarityIn 1989 five teenagers – four black and one Hispanic – were arrested for the brutal rape and assault of
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Regime change in Iran is Trump’s real motive for siding with the Saudis | Simon Tisdall 18 Oct 2018, 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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Growth Is on the Ballot 17 Oct 2018, 7:42pm Growth Is on the Ballot
Democrats may use the 2019 debt-limit debate to prod Trump to raise tax rates.
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The Fed Is Anything but Crazy 17 Oct 2018, 6:38pm The Fed Is Anything but Crazy
President Trump’s ranting aside, the central bank isn’t tight, and steady rate increases are prudent.
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Trump Gives Farmers a Jolt of Fuel 16 Oct 2018, 6:59pm Updated Trump Gives Farmers a Jolt of Fuel
The administration scraps an anti-ethanol mandate.
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How Donald Trump weaponised Pocahontas in a new identity war | Afua Hirsch 16 Oct 2018, 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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Finding hope in the reign of a super-ego | Letters 15 Oct 2018, 11:56am Finding hope in the reign of a super-ego | Letters
Guardian readers respond to Gary Greenberg’s essay on Trumpian psychoanalysisGary Greenberg’s beautifully written but flawed account of the first two years of the Trump presidency highlights the limitations of using psychoanalytic concepts to explain wider political and social developments (
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Hillary Clinton’s view on the Lewinsky affair reveals a huge blindspot that cost her the presidency | Suzanne Moore 15 Oct 2018, 11:06am Hillary Clinton’s view on the Lewinsky affair reveals a huge blindspot that cost her the presidency | Suzanne Moore
Clinton is right to say Trump should be investigated for sexual misconduct, but this does not excuse her husband. Now it is Monica Lewinsky who is emerging with class The last time I looked, Bill Clinton was leering at Ariana Grande as she was singing at
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Kanye West needs care, not being put in front of the cameras | Barbara Ellen 14 Oct 2018, 12:59am Kanye West needs care, not being put in front of the cameras | Barbara Ellen
The rapper’s chaotic appearance with Trump reveals a human being who is mentally struggling. Time to lay off Kanye West’s
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Freedom for an American Hostage 12 Oct 2018, 7:07pm Freedom for an American Hostage
Trump used his leverage to bring pastor Andrew Brunson home.
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12 Oct 2018, 5:01pm What if Obama Voters Remember How Lousy the Obama Era Was?
The left worries that young people and minorities don’t hate Trump enough.
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10 Oct 2018, 3:07pm Is Trump Making Democrats Regret Their Bernie Sanders Crush?
Few voters want to destroy Medicare and private health insurance.
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Brett Kavanaugh case treads on dangerous ground | Letters 10 Oct 2018, 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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Why I like Taylor Swift 100% more | Brief letters 10 Oct 2018, 12:49pm Why I like Taylor Swift 100% more | Brief letters
Twins | Flu vaccine | Taylor Swift and Trump | Shopping | Plumbing BrexitI am a twin. One thing that grated when my sister and I were growing up was the constant reference to us as “the twins” or “one of the twins”. You aren’t an individual. You’re something different, not even just sisters but a twin. Is it relevant to your report (
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Nikki Haley: the latest Trump enabler to ruin her shot at redemption | Richard Wolffe 10 Oct 2018, 5:21am Nikki Haley: the latest Trump enabler to ruin her shot at redemption | Richard Wolffe
Perhaps Trump’s former officials were somehow suckered into salivating over him – but these fantasies are becoming ever distant Nikki Haley wants you to know that she’s not quitting her awesome, once-in-a-lifetime job to spend more time with her family. This is a rare thing among those permanently rising stars in the Republican party who just happen to announce their departures ahead of the expected train wreck of the midterm elections next month.
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US must play leading role to save planet | Letter 9 Oct 2018, 1:22pm US must play leading role to save planet | Letter
Ramp up the noise until the Trump administration hears, writes
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Trump sees only his own victimhood as he apologises to Kavanaugh | Gaby Hinsliff 9 Oct 2018, 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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Democrats, Try Some Self-Restraint 8 Oct 2018, 8:01pm Democrats, Try Some Self-Restraint
Will they keep pandering to their angry, radical base, or try to win over marginal Trump voters?
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8 Oct 2018, 2:53pm Columbus, Churchill and Melania
The left’s endless media assaults on Western Civilization—and Trump.
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Dogs Bite Men and Trumps Duck Taxes 5 Oct 2018, 8:29pm Dogs Bite Men and Trumps Duck Taxes
Nobody hands over 55% of his life’s work to the IRS. The real revelation is dad’s role in the Trump myth.
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If Brett Kavanaugh makes it through, women’s anger will be unstoppable | Suzanne Moore 5 Oct 2018, 7:28am If Brett Kavanaugh makes it through, women’s anger will be unstoppable | Suzanne Moore
Women are sick of being silenced and controlled. The rage unleashed by Trump’s supreme court pick will not subside
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It comes as no shock that the powerful hate ‘identity politics’ | Gary Younge 5 Oct 2018, 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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The Guardian view on Brazil’s elections: democracy in danger | Editorial 4 Oct 2018, 1:39pm The Guardian view on Brazil’s elections: democracy in danger | Editorial
The rightwing extremist Jair Bolsonaro is in the ascendant as Sunday’s poll approaches. He’s not Trump – he’s worseThe once unthinkable risk that the
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Anger is corrosive, but it’s a vital weapon for women in Trump’s America | Emma Brockes 4 Oct 2018, 1:37pm Anger is corrosive, but it’s a vital weapon for women in Trump’s America | Emma Brockes
The Kavanaugh hearings have made women question their own experiences and become agents of political change One of the discussion points to have come out of the
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The Never Conservatives 3 Oct 2018, 7:17pm The Never Conservatives
The Kavanaugh fight isn’t about Trump. We’re all deplorables now.
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3 Oct 2018, 3:32pm Trump Family Finance
Being Fred Trump’s son was good for business. Being President, not so much.
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Trump mocking Christine Blasey Ford shows how women are silenced | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett 3 Oct 2018, 6:43am Trump mocking Christine Blasey Ford shows how women are silenced | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
Ford is facing the same humiliation as thousands of sexual assault complainants before her. We need to rip up this script of male dominationI believe Dr Christine Blasey Ford. I found
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Our cult of personality is leaving real life in the shade | George Monbiot 3 Oct 2018, 1:00am Our cult of personality is leaving real life in the shade | George Monbiot
By reducing politics to a celebrity obsession – from Boris to Trump to Corbyn – the media misdirects and confuses us What kind of people would you expect the newspapers to interview most? Those with the most to say, perhaps, or maybe those with the richest and weirdest experiences. Might it be philosophers, or detectives, or doctors working in war zones, refugees, polar scientists, street children, firefighters, base jumpers, activists, writers or free divers? No. It’s actors. I haven’t conducted an empirical study, but I would guess that between a third and a half of the major interviews in the newspapers feature people who make their living by adopting someone else’s persona and speaking someone else’s words. This is such a bizarre phenomenon that, if it hadn’t crept up on us slowly, we would surely find it astounding. But it seems to me symbolic of the way the media works. Its problem runs deeper than fake news. What it offers is news about a fake world.
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Trump Is Right About China Trade 2 Oct 2018, 6:47pm Trump Is Right About China Trade
Small manufacturing can thrive on a level playing field.
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A New Cost-Benefit Regulation Test 1 Oct 2018, 7:38pm A New Cost-Benefit Regulation Test
The Trump EPA wants to stop the agency’s ‘co-benefits’ trick.
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1 Oct 2018, 4:37pm Trump Makes a Deal
The revised North American trade agreement could have been so much worse.
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Kavanaugh has revealed the insidious force in global politics: toxic masculinity | Jonathan Freedland 29 Sep 2018, 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 2018, 12:28pm Martin Rowson on the US supreme court nomination – cartoon
a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2018/sep/28/martin-rowson-brett-kavanaugh-donald-trump-us-supreme-court-nomination-cartoon">Continue reading...
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‘My name is Brett Kavanaugh and this is my testimony …’ | Marina Hyde 28 Sep 2018, 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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