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The Missing China Trade Strategy16h The Missing China Trade Strategy
Trump imposes new tariffs but what he wants from Beijing isn’t clear.
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The Guardian view on US-China trade wars: careful what you start | Editorial22h The Guardian view on US-China trade wars: careful what you start | Editorial
The tit-for-tat between the two countries continues, but macho political posturing will not deal with the real issues“It is easier to start a war than to end it,” Gabriel García Márquez once observed. This is true even when the skirmishes are fought over cotton hammocks, ornamental fish, motorboats and soya bean oil rather than territory. On Monday, Donald Trump ramped up his trade offensive by announcing that the US would
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Here’s the science behind the Brexit vote and Trump’s rise | Michele Gelfand 17 Sep 1:00am Here’s the science behind the Brexit vote and Trump’s rise | Michele Gelfand
My research shows that when people feel threatened they want ‘tighter’ social norms, with profound consequences for politics What is the essential dividing line between human beings around the world? The one between the haves and the have-nots? East and west, rural and urban, secular and religious? Or maybe globalists and nationalists – a split purported to explain Putin, Brexit and the rise of Trump? These divisions are all significant, but none provide a consistent way of understanding differences observed from antiquity to the present day, in everything from international relations to relations in our homes. My research across hundreds of communities suggests that the fundamental driver of difference is not ideological, financial or geographical – it’s cultural. Behaviour, it turns out, depends a lot on whether the culture in which we live is a “tight” or “loose” one.
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The U.S. Is Rich, So Storms Are Worse 14 Sep 6:09pm The U.S. Is Rich, So Storms Are Worse
Donald Trump’s thought processes may be a mystery, but better hurricane policy isn’t.
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Before Meeting Kim, Trump Had to Repudiate the Iran Deal 22 May 6:46pm Before Meeting Kim, Trump Had to Repudiate the Iran Deal
Otherwise North Korea could have demanded the same lenient terms, and negotiations would fail.
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Trump Courts Disaster With Iran 22 May 6:45pm Trump Courts Disaster With Iran
The administration’s strategy alienates Europe and risks war in the Mideast.
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The Non-Accidental Presidency 6 Jan 8:37am Updated The Non-Accidental Presidency
Donald Trump didn’t want to be president. History had another idea.
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The Guardian view on the Trump presidency: a reckless and undignified spectacle | Editorial 5 Jan 1:54pm The Guardian view on the Trump presidency: a reckless and undignified spectacle | Editorial
Written without much hindsight and without access to official papers, Michael Wolff’s new book Fire and Fury is more than journalism, if less than historyMichael Wolff’s new book,
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Fire and Fury confirms our worst fears – about the Republicans | Jonathan Freedland 5 Jan 12:59pm Fire and Fury confirms our worst fears – about the Republicans | Jonathan Freedland
Donald Trump’s utter unfitness for the presidency has been laid bare in Michael Wolff’s new book. What will it take for his party to remove him from office?What did you think would be the Republican reaction to the latest revelations about Donald Trump? Did you expect the party’s luminaries to drop their collective head into their hands, or to crumple into a heap in despair at the state of the man they anointed as president of the United States? They’d certainly have had good reason. In the book
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Donald Trump eats McDonald’s for fear of being poisoned? That says it all | Zoe Williams 5 Jan 4:26am Donald Trump eats McDonald’s for fear of being poisoned? That says it all | Zoe Williams
Recent revelations about the way the US president eats reveal how naked appetite has consumed all the traditional dignity, expertise and charisma of office Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury is a book full of intoxicating detail; a personal favourite is Rupert Murdoch putting down the phone to Donald Trump with a terse and descriptive “fucking
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Donald Trump eats only McDonald’s for fear of being poisoned? That says it all | Zoe Williams 5 Jan 3:30am Donald Trump eats only McDonald’s for fear of being poisoned? That says it all | Zoe Williams
Recent revelations about the way the US president eats reveal how naked appetite has consumed all the traditional dignity, expertise and charisma of officeMichael Wolff’s Fire and Fury is a book full of intoxicating detail; a personal favourite is Rupert Murdoch putting down the phone to Donald Trump with a terse and descriptive “fucking
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The Book of Bannon 4 Jan 7:23pm The Book of Bannon
Trump’s divorce from his former aide is good for his Presidency and the GOP.
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Trump and Dow 25000 4 Jan 7:13pm Trump and Dow 25000
A portent of growth but a bad measure for politicians to tout.
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Ben Jennings on Trump v Bannon – cartoon 4 Jan 3:55pm Ben Jennings on Trump v Bannon – cartoon
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How Donald Trump’s tweets help Iran’s supreme leader | Sanam Vakil 4 Jan 11:06am How Donald Trump’s tweets help Iran’s supreme leader | Sanam Vakil
The US president’s support for protesters and sanctions fuel the regime’s narrative of outside interference – and deprive Iranians of the prospect of reformSince the beginning of the
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Did anyone else, just for a second, side with Steve Bannon? | Emma Brockes 4 Jan 10:36am Did anyone else, just for a second, side with Steve Bannon? | Emma Brockes
There was a thrill to reading Bannon’s attack on Trump. But I had to remind myself that he is a bad guy too If the enemy of one’s enemy is one’s friend, watching the spectacle of Donald Trump and Steve Bannon trying to dismantle each other this week was a joyful but complicated experience. As details from
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Trifling With the Nuclear Button 3 Jan 7:35pm Trifling With the Nuclear Button
Why Trump’s approval is so low despite his first-year successes.
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Donald Trump’s policies are decidedly unchristian 3 Jan 1:05pm Donald Trump’s policies are decidedly unchristian
Trump’s policies benefit almost exclusively the American plutocracy, while taking away money from the American working class, writes
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Busting Illusions About Iran 2 Jan 10:33pm Busting Illusions About Iran
Trump puts America on the side of the people, not the Ayatollahs.
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Greens should take a lesson from Donald Trump. Here’s why | Patrick Barkham 2 Jan 11:26am Greens should take a lesson from Donald Trump. Here’s why | Patrick Barkham
Alpha males think caring about the environment is too ‘feminine’, research shows. So let’s make saving the planet a bit more machoThere’s a problem species, carelessly roaming the planet – consuming, polluting or trashing everything in its wake. No, not simply Homo sapiens: more precisely,
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Trump Gets the U.N. to Cut Spending 1 Jan 3:39pm Trump Gets the U.N. to Cut Spending
The U.S. uses its leverage for once to force budget reforms..
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Trump’s ‘clown fascism’ and the US constitution | Letters 1 Jan 12:28pm Trump’s ‘clown fascism’ and the US constitution | Letters
Readers’ thoughts on the constitutional threats exposed by Donald Trump’s presidencyFor transatlantic admirers of Jonathan Freedland’s
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Donald Trump: the Grinch who turned Christmas into a political battleground 30 Dec 2017, 10:00am Donald Trump: the Grinch who turned Christmas into a political battleground
Pre-Trump, when someone wished me a Merry Christmas I was pleased – now I wonder if they’re making some sort of passive-aggressive statement I celebrate Christmas, but the cards I send out every year say “Happy Holidays”. I never considered this a political statement, just a statement of fact – the people I’v mailed well-wishes to celebrate all sorts of different things, and so my greetings reflect that. Any controversy over Christmas always felt like a Fox News conspiracy theory; but this year the president of the United States is
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A Year in Trump-Russia Hysteria 30 Dec 2017, 8:18am Updated A Year in Trump-Russia Hysteria
What the country can learn from ‘Z’ and ‘Seven Days in May.’
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The year of Trump has laid bare the US constitution’s serious flaws | Jonathan Freedland 30 Dec 2017, 2:30am The year of Trump has laid bare the US constitution’s serious flaws | Jonathan Freedland
I once wrote a hymn of praise to the achievements of the founding fathers. There’s still much to celebrate – but their inspirational vision needs an urgent updateThere’s a million things to love about Hamilton, the musical that has opened in London to
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29 Dec 2017, 6:10pm Rookie of the Year
In his first year in office, Trump is the least regulatory president in a quarter century.
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Faith, hope and charity in the age of Trump | Letters 29 Dec 2017, 12:03pm Faith, hope and charity in the age of Trump | Letters
Canon David Jennings
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Trump and Syria After Islamic State 29 Dec 2017, 11:59am Updated Trump and Syria After Islamic State
Will the U.S. concede a strategic victory to Russia and Iran?
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A Big, Beautiful Trump 2018 Issue 28 Dec 2017, 5:26pm A Big, Beautiful Trump 2018 Issue
Civil-service reform could get bipartisan support, even in a rough election year.
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Two Presidencies in One Year 28 Dec 2017, 10:15am Updated Two Presidencies in One Year
We have spent year one with Trump of Twitter and Trump of accomplishments.
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What do an Etonian, a Trumpite and a Corbyn fan have in common? My church | Giles Fraser 28 Dec 2017, 10:04am What do an Etonian, a Trumpite and a Corbyn fan have in common? My church | Giles Fraser
It’s hard to think of a more varied group of people than the one that gathers at my local church. Surely a truly healthy society is built on this sort of diversityReviewing the Christmas services it strikes me once again how diverse a group us churchgoers are. In terms of class, race, nationality, gender and sexuality, it’s hard to imagine any other regular collective gathering that pulls in such a varied collection of people. My church is a black majority church in a gentrifying area. University professors sit next to the people who clean their offices. The Ethiopian, Trump-supporting evangelical sings the same hymns as the chap with his fine collection of Jeremy Corbyn badges. The Romanian homeless guy prays alongside the person who is transitioning and next to the old Etonian ex-army officer. Many of these people have very little in common except their faith. But this is enough for them to treat each other as extended family. And I am proud to serve as their priest. This will be the last of the
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Trump’s pernicious attempt to starve the UN of cash could yet backfire | Mark Seddon 27 Dec 2017, 10:49am Trump’s pernicious attempt to starve the UN of cash could yet backfire | Mark Seddon
Thanks to ‘America First’, the UN’s annual budget is down. But Palestinians and the United Nations itself could benefit in the longer termJust ahead of the announcement by the UN that its annual budget is to be cut by 5%, at a time of almost unprecedented global humanitarian need and increasingly bitter and intractable conflicts, the Donald Trump administration revealed that the slash in spending was almost entirely down to
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Understanding the Trump Show 27 Dec 2017, 9:53am Updated Understanding the Trump Show
After tax reform, we might have to rethink how America gets things done.
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In the Mideast, Trump Gives Reality a Chance 26 Dec 2017, 7:44pm In the Mideast, Trump Gives Reality a Chance
The first step toward peace is to stop indulging the Palestinians’ fantasies of destroying Israel.
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26 Dec 2017, 5:14pm Listen to Bernie
The Trump tax cuts find a broader audience.
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Nicola Jennings on Donald Trump and Jerusalem – cartoon 26 Dec 2017, 3:56pm Nicola Jennings on Donald Trump and Jerusalem – cartoon
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The Handmaid’s Tale held a mirror up to a year of Trump | Matthew d’Ancona 26 Dec 2017, 4:00am The Handmaid’s Tale held a mirror up to a year of Trump | Matthew d’Ancona
Margaret Atwood’s ingenious dystopia, serialised on TV this year, prefigured the US president’s misogyny – and the #MeToo fightbackIn politics and culture, the year 2017 was the opposite of Where’s Wally? The question, instead, was always Where Isn’t Trump? All roads – public debate, private argument, artistic endeavour – seemed eventually to lead in his squalid direction; his gravitational pull irresistible, his fleshy presence horribly ubiquitous.
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The Great Rules Rollback 25 Dec 2017, 4:29pm The Great Rules Rollback
Reining in regulation is a major success of Trump’s first year.
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I, Robot Trump 25 Dec 2017, 3:16pm I, Robot Trump
Just wait until it learns how to use Twitter.
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Bit by bit, Trump is taking apart the New Deal’s glorious legacy | Heather Richardson 23 Dec 2017, 7:01pm Bit by bit, Trump is taking apart the New Deal’s glorious legacy | Heather Richardson
With huge tax cuts projected to create a $1.5tn deficit, cuts to social security and Medicare will surely followSince January, there have been frightening signs that America is becoming an oligarchy overseen by a dictator. From the first, Donald Trump has followed an authoritarian playbook, beginning with his rejection of objective reality. Forced early on to defend the assertion that the crowd at
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From Trump to Brexit, 2017 was the mourning after the year before 23 Dec 2017, 12:00am From Trump to Brexit, 2017 was the mourning after the year before
The two seismic events of 2016, Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, continued to cause mayhem throughout 2017 If 2016 was the year the democratic world went on a wild bender, 2017 was the year of the hangover. It was when we woke, slumped on the floor, still in yesterday’s clothes, heads pounding, to see how badly we’d trashed the room the night before. It was the year in which we contemplated the damage done, feared what more was yet to come – and searched out glimmers of hope that, somehow, we might avoid the worst. But it was also the year in which troubles that had been stored up years or decades earlier – some ignored, others denied – burst through the surface, demanding our attention and crying out for something else too: a reckoning long overdue.
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After Trump’s Jerusalem gambit, the world must recognise a Palestinian state | Daniel Barenboim 22 Dec 2017, 10:39am After Trump’s Jerusalem gambit, the world must recognise a Palestinian state | Daniel Barenboim
Two states existing side-by-side on an equal footing is the only way to guarantee fairness for Palestinians and security for IsraelThe US administration’s decision to
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The NHS staff who rallied to my son’s aid show there is hope, even in bleak times | Jonathan Freedland 22 Dec 2017, 10:34am The NHS staff who rallied to my son’s aid show there is hope, even in bleak times | Jonathan Freedland
Brexit and Trump dominate the news. But amid the gloom we should not forget that a vital part of our nation continues its inspiring workThere has been so much bad news this year that I thought I’d offer a little sparkle of something more heartening. Perhaps it might serve as a reminder that even those clouds that have darkened our skies most – the menacing dominance of technology, the strained state of our public services – are, every now and again, lined with a trace of gleaming silver. The story begins with an accident. Cycling home from school, my 16-year-old son, Jacob, was knocked off his bike by a van that had veered into the cycle lane. I rushed to pick him up and took him to our nearest hospital, the
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Keep Trump off the Trail in 2018 20 Dec 2017, 6:25pm Keep Trump off the Trail in 2018
If he wants to help Republicans, his best bet is to start acting like a president.
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump, international aid and tax cuts – cartoon 20 Dec 2017, 3:38pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump, international aid and tax cuts – cartoon
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The Donald Trump quiz of 2017 20 Dec 2017, 7:21am The Donald Trump quiz of 2017
Who started the rumour about Melania’s body double? What happened to Sean Spicer? And how much golf has the commander in chief really played?
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Trump may celebrate his tax giveaway – but it could speed his downfall | Jonathan Freedland 20 Dec 2017, 6:49am Trump may celebrate his tax giveaway – but it could speed his downfall | Jonathan Freedland
This bill stinks – the men behind it will benefit from it personally. But once it’s passed, the president is just that little bit less usefulDonald Trump is set to close this most turbulent year with his first big win. Today, barring a last-minute hitch, both houses of the US Congress will send the president
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Trump Gets a Thing or Two Right 19 Dec 2017, 7:11pm Trump Gets a Thing or Two Right
But his National Security Strategy fails to resolve important contradictions.
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The Guardian view on Trump’s national security strategy: a veneer of credibility | Editorial 19 Dec 2017, 2:39pm The Guardian view on Trump’s national security strategy: a veneer of credibility | Editorial
The US faces serious challenges. The document presented by the US president is not a blueprint for respondingIgnore the title: it is not really a strategy. Nor will it safeguard America’s national security. Instead, the national security strategy which
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The Trump Doctrine, in Theory 19 Dec 2017, 1:29pm Updated The Trump Doctrine, in Theory
Realism about rising threats but some policy disconnects.
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18 Dec 2017, 2:50pm To fight European antisemitism, we must first face up to it | Natalie Nougayrède
The attacks following Trump’s Jerusalem decision are a wake-up call – this prejudice has not gone awaySince Donald Trump made his
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Questioning Israel’s behaviour is not antisemitic | Letters 17 Dec 2017, 1:46pm Questioning Israel’s behaviour is not antisemitic | Letters
Readers respond to recent letters and articles from the Israeli ambassador Mark Regev, Karma Nabulsi, Giles Fraser, and a group of artists and activists who wrote about Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capitalMark Regev’s response (
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The Observer view on net neutrality 16 Dec 2017, 7:05pm The Observer view on net neutrality
The internet is fundamental. It must not become a two-tier service – one for the rich, one for the poorObamacare for the internet. That was how, at the height of the 2014 primary season, the Republican presidential hopeful, Ted Cruz, referred to the net neutrality rules proposed by the Obama administration. Designed to safeguard equitable access to the internet, they were enacted the following year. But they suffered a significant, albeit expected, blow when the US telecoms regulator, chaired by a Trump appointee,
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15 Dec 2017, 4:57pm Trump and Authoritarianism
The meaning of Washington’s turn toward Internet freedom.
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While you’re looking the other way, Trump is changing America for decades to come | Jonathan Freedland 15 Dec 2017, 2:26pm While you’re looking the other way, Trump is changing America for decades to come | Jonathan Freedland
The president’s incendiary tweets and the Russia scandal distract us from decisions that are reshaping the internet, the environment and democracy
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Dow 24000 and the Trump Boom 14 Dec 2017, 7:06pm Dow 24000 and the Trump Boom
Companies are bringing cash and jobs back to the U.S. To keep that trend going, tax reform is vital.
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14 Dec 2017, 4:38pm Food Fight
Do Trump Administration officials who bake pies deserve to be believed?
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We Guantánamo Bay detainees have the right to protest our condition | Khalid Qassim 14 Dec 2017, 9:37am We Guantánamo Bay detainees have the right to protest our condition | Khalid Qassim
I have been on hunger strike since October. The Trump administration needs to understand that it is unethical to try to coerce me off it
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When Donald Met Kirsten 13 Dec 2017, 7:46pm When Donald Met Kirsten
Democrats have finally figured out how to turn Trump’s tweets into their own weapon.
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The Trump Regulatory Game Plan 13 Dec 2017, 7:09pm The Trump Regulatory Game Plan
Message to businesses and families: It’s OK to plan for the future.
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The Guardian view on Roy Moore’s defeat: sweet justice in Alabama | Editorial 13 Dec 2017, 10:59am The Guardian view on Roy Moore’s defeat: sweet justice in Alabama | Editorial
The Republican’s candidacy was backed by Donald Trump. It mobilised Democrats and embarrassed many in his own party. But it does not follow that Trump is finishedDoug Jones’s
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The defeat of Roy Moore in Alabama is a rare moment to lift the spirits | Jonathan Freedland 13 Dec 2017, 6:50am The defeat of Roy Moore in Alabama is a rare moment to lift the spirits | Jonathan Freedland
It’s a grievous blow for Donald Trump, but can Moore’s loss in staunchly Republican Alabama start a pushback against the forces of hate? We can but hopeThat unfamiliar sensation you experienced this morning? It’s the feeling you get when, at long last, you wake up to some good political news from America. For progressives around the world who would prefer to admire rather than to revile the United States, the last 13 months have brought cause only for despair.
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump and harassment claims – cartoon 12 Dec 2017, 3:53pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump and harassment claims – cartoon
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In Jerusalem we have the latest chapter in a century of colonialism | Karma Nabulsi 12 Dec 2017, 2:38pm In Jerusalem we have the latest chapter in a century of colonialism | Karma Nabulsi
Donald Trump’s intervention is not a mere aberration. It’s part of the continuing story of injustice in PalestineOne hundred years ago, on 11 December 1917, the British army occupied Jerusalem. As General Allenby’s troops marched through Bab al-Khalil, launching a century of settler colonialism across Palestine, prime minister David Lloyd George heralded the city’s capture as “a Christmas present for the British people”. In a few months’ time, we mark another such anniversary: 70 years since the Palestinian
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‘You start to worry it might keep readers awake’: Gary Younge on editing the Bedside Guardian 12 Dec 2017, 1:47pm ‘You start to worry it might keep readers awake’: Gary Younge on editing the Bedside Guardian
It’s tough selecting the best articles for the Guardian’s annual anthology, especially in the year Trump took power – but there were many reasons to be cheerful They call it the Bedside Guardian for a reason. Every year we produce a collection, drawing together our best writing and the big stories of the past 12 months, just in time for Christmas. Its ideal perch is not on your bookshelf, but your nightstand table. Not because it will send you to sleep. But so you can dip in and out of it in the evening – flipping between your favourite writers and the coverage of some huge event; rereading at leisure the pieces you enjoyed in haste or enjoying the articles you missed first time around in sections you maybe never read. Cherry-picking from the cherries that have already been picked. As the journalist charged with editing the collection this year, this was a particularly onerous challenge. The 12 months in question do not span a calendar year, but from October to October. In other words, it’s a year that starts with Trump’s election and ends with
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Artists attack Trump over Jerusalem move | Letters 11 Dec 2017, 1:58pm Artists attack Trump over Jerusalem move | Letters
Artist and performers including
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Can a President Obstruct Justice? 10 Dec 2017, 3:46pm Can a President Obstruct Justice?
Yes, but not by doing any of the things we know Trump to have done.
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I have witnessed two intifadas. Trump’s stance on Israel may ignite a third | Raja Shehadeh 9 Dec 2017, 7:05pm I have witnessed two intifadas. Trump’s stance on Israel may ignite a third | Raja Shehadeh
In recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the US president has hindered the prospect of peace in the region The relish with which Donald Trump signed the declaration
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The Observer view on Trump and Jerusalem | Observer editorial 9 Dec 2017, 7:05pm The Observer view on Trump and Jerusalem | Observer editorial
US foreign diplomacy driven by ego in pursuit of the ultimate deal is no plan for Middle East peace One of the first principles of international relations is that effective diplomacy is always prosecuted in pursuit of clear foreign policy objectives, which makes Donald Trump’s theatrical and ego-driven
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The Long War on Donald Trump 8 Dec 2017, 7:17pm The Long War on Donald Trump
The president is guilty of something. It’s Robert Mueller’s job to figure out what.
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Ethanol Hostages on Capitol Hill 7 Dec 2017, 7:16pm Ethanol Hostages on Capitol Hill
Energy policy favoritism imperils Trump’s nominees—again.
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The Guardian view on Trump and Jerusalem: undiplomatic diplomacy | Editorial 7 Dec 2017, 1:58pm The Guardian view on Trump and Jerusalem: undiplomatic diplomacy | Editorial
Donald Trump used to brag that he would bring his dealmaking skills to the world’s most intractable problems. Instead he has folded without a card being dealtThirty years ago this weekend the
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He’s made a huge mistake! Don Jr takes the Gob role in the Trumps’ Arrested Development 7 Dec 2017, 12:16pm He’s made a huge mistake! Don Jr takes the Gob role in the Trumps’ Arrested Development
A dodgy property developer as patriarch? Check. A moronic oldest child desperate for his dad’s approval? Further proof that the Trump clan are kind of Bluth Everyone now knows that
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The Reality of Jerusalem 7 Dec 2017, 11:17am Updated The Reality of Jerusalem
Trump honors a campaign pledge on the Israeli capital.
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Why nativism, not populism, should be declared word of the year | Cas Mudde 7 Dec 2017, 4:00am Why nativism, not populism, should be declared word of the year | Cas Mudde
The Cambridge Dictionary has got its definition and its application wrong. It conflates the term with the nativism of the radical rightLast week the Cambridge Dictionary declared populism its 2017 word of the year. In many ways, that makes perfect sense. Since Brexit and Trump, virtually every political event has been couched in terms of populism, from the Dutch parliamentary elections to the French presidential elections
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Beating Donald Trump to Time magazine Person of the Year is just the start | Bex Bailey 7 Dec 2017, 1:00am Beating Donald Trump to Time magazine Person of the Year is just the start | Bex Bailey
As one of the ‘silence breakers’ who shared my story of assault, I will continue fighting sexual harassment until effective action is taken against itI’ll be honest: it feels good to be one of the women who have beaten a misogynist such as Donald Trump to the title of Time magazine’s
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Why Donald Trump Would Regret Firing Robert Mueller 6 Dec 2017, 6:53pm Why Donald Trump Would Regret Firing Robert Mueller
The inquiry would go on anyway, and voters would trust the president even less.
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump and Jerusalem – cartoon 6 Dec 2017, 2:50pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump and Jerusalem – cartoon
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Trump’s error on Jerusalem is a disaster for the Arab world … and the US too | Rashid Khalidi 6 Dec 2017, 1:35pm Trump’s error on Jerusalem is a disaster for the Arab world … and the US too | Rashid Khalidi
The president’s foolish move in recognising the city as the capital of Israel will have negative consequences impossible to predictEvery time it seems Donald Trump cannot outdo himself, he does it again. Now he has announced that his administration
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Donald Trump’s Jerusalem statement is an act of diplomatic arson | Jonathan Freedland 6 Dec 2017, 5:59am Donald Trump’s Jerusalem statement is an act of diplomatic arson | Jonathan Freedland
The US president’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel turns a naked flame on the single most combustible issue in the conflictNot content with taking the US to the brink of nuclear conflict with North Korea, Donald Trump is now set to apply his strategy of international vandalism to perhaps the most sensitive geopolitical hotspot in the world. With a speech scheduled for later today that’s expected to
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A Britain cut loose from Europe has nothing special to offer the US | Natalie Nougayrède 6 Dec 2017, 1:00am A Britain cut loose from Europe has nothing special to offer the US | Natalie Nougayrède
Trump’s taunting of Theresa May reveals a deeper truth: Britain was vital to the US only because of its links to EuropeDonald Trump’s
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The Right Move on Monuments 5 Dec 2017, 6:51pm The Right Move on Monuments
Trump puts an end to a federal land grab in southeast Utah.
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Why Trump’s assertion of Jerusalem as capital of Israel would be a catastrophe | Nicholas Blincoe 5 Dec 2017, 10:41am Why Trump’s assertion of Jerusalem as capital of Israel would be a catastrophe | Nicholas Blincoe
Relocating the US embassy would derail hopes for peace by recognising Israel’s hostile military occupation, which divides and impoverishes residentsIt is harder than it ought to be, explaining why
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Supreme Rebuke for the Judiciary 4 Dec 2017, 7:16pm Supreme Rebuke for the Judiciary
The High Court tells judges to follow the law, not anti-Trump fashion.
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Trump Leads From Behind in Syria 4 Dec 2017, 7:12pm Trump Leads From Behind in Syria
John Kerry trusted Russia. The president should ask him how that worked out.
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4 Dec 2017, 2:59pm Updated Staying at the Trump
Customers at a Miami resort are not necessarily the ones you’d expect.
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The Coming Aluminum War 4 Dec 2017, 1:55pm Updated The Coming Aluminum War
Trump and Wilbur Ross tee up tariff brawls for the New Year.
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Let Them Not Bake Cake 3 Dec 2017, 5:20pm Let Them Not Bake Cake
Does gay marriage trump the right to religious expression?
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Twitter, Trump and the distortion of the public sphere | John Naughton 3 Dec 2017, 2:00am Twitter, Trump and the distortion of the public sphere | John Naughton
The president’s social media meddling remind us of how a good furore can turn an insignificant political party into a global concern overnight In the 1930s, a maverick young journalist named
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Mueller investigation takes a big step closer to Donald Trump 2 Dec 2017, 7:05pm Mueller investigation takes a big step closer to Donald Trump
Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, is co-operating with the investigation into Russian influence in the White HouseFirst came the lie. Then came the cover-up. It’s a classic Washington two-step. And the news that Michael Flynn, a former White House national security adviser, has
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Trump’s contempt illuminates Britain’s fragile place in the world | Andrew Rawnsley 2 Dec 2017, 7:05pm Trump’s contempt illuminates Britain’s fragile place in the world | Andrew Rawnsley
We are rupturing the relationship with Europe just as our traditional ally across the Atlantic has gone rogueRemember the Taming of the Trump? When his
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The Observer view of Trump’s insults to Britain | Observer editorial 2 Dec 2017, 7:05pm The Observer view of Trump’s insults to Britain | Observer editorial
US and UK interests are now highly divergent. Forget the ‘special relationship’Even for Donald Trump, a man whose tawdry personal conduct has frequently placed him beyond the pale, last week’s crass and odious behaviour marks a new low. By retweeting doctored
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Trump dumps: the not so special relationship - cartoon 2 Dec 2017, 7:05pm Trump dumps: the not so special relationship - cartoon
Chris Riddell on the US president’s retweeting of Britain First extremist videos
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What a moment to cut ourselves off from friends in Europe | Nick Cohen 2 Dec 2017, 1:15pm What a moment to cut ourselves off from friends in Europe | Nick Cohen
By putting their faith in Donald Trump, the Tories are blind to the truth about our alliance with AmericaTheresa May is reviled for her weakness. But, as so often, cliches deceive. No British prime minister has found the strength to condemn an American president as she condemned Donald Trump since the Anglo-American alliance began in the Second World War. Anthony Eden maintained a public silence as Eisenhower destroyed his premiership, and Britain’s imperial pretensions, when he stopped the Suez adventure of 1956. Harold Wilson ignored Lyndon Johnson’s pleas to send British troops to Vietnam. But he infuriated the radicals of the 1968 generation by diplomatically refusing to speak out against the war. Thatcher and Reagan, Major and Clinton had their private arguments about Grenada and the IRA. Nothing they said matches the forcefulness of May’s out, loud and proud denunciation of Trump for sharing the “
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In the age of Trump, it’s time to ditch the special relationship | Jonathan Freedland 1 Dec 2017, 2:36pm In the age of Trump, it’s time to ditch the special relationship | Jonathan Freedland
For too long Britain has been neurotic about its links to the US. The president’s hate-filled tweets must make us more hard-headedWhen Donald Trump took the oath of office, less than 11 months ago, the word of the hour was normalisation. Let’s not treat this man like a normal president, his US opponents said, because he’s not. You can’t, for example, assume that most of what he or his White House says is the truth – as you would for a normal occupant of that office – because he is a serial and proven liar. And sometimes it will not be enough to describe his words or deeds as “controversial” or “racially charged”, because the right word will be “racist”. For most of the past year, that normalisation debate has raged chiefly inside the US. But now it is a global question. Put simply, how should the peoples of the world handle Donald Trump?
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Mr. Trump Trolls Mrs. May 1 Dec 2017, 10:27am Updated Mr. Trump Trolls Mrs. May
The President spreads fake news and damages an important ally.
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A Goodfriend for the Fed 30 Nov 2017, 7:24pm A Goodfriend for the Fed
Trump nominates an experienced monetary hand for the central bank.
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump: bullies never respect sycophants | Editorial 30 Nov 2017, 3:16pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump: bullies never respect sycophants | Editorial
Stop the state visit. Britain should not allow the US president’s racism to be dressed up in pageantryAll relationships have boundaries. Those between nations can be particularly fraught, freighted with ties forged in history and culture. In diplomacy the manners, customs and morals of others need to be acknowledged and respected. But humanity begins with acts, not just with thoughts. The question is how to deal with a man like Donald Trump, a taunting braggart with a weakness for flattery? The stakes are high: when nations fall out, people get hurt. By using social media as a flame-thrower, Mr Trump uses words as weapons.
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Britain First may be fringe, but its anti-Islam views aren’t | David Shariatmadari 30 Nov 2017, 11:50am Britain First may be fringe, but its anti-Islam views aren’t | David Shariatmadari
The row over whether the far-right group’s defenders should get airtime obscures an awkward fact: many Britons already fear and misunderstand MuslimsThe fringe anti-Muslim group Britain First is enjoying a burst of publicity after Donald Trump retweeted three of its propaganda videos. This has had the rare effect of uniting almost the entire British establishment in horror.
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Britain should demand an apology from Trump and cancel his state visit | Martin Kettle 30 Nov 2017, 8:44am Britain should demand an apology from Trump and cancel his state visit | Martin Kettle
The US president’s foul tweet aims a wrecking ball at Theresa May. It will do untold damage to the ‘special relationship’Winston Churchill once wrote that the balances of world history can sometimes turn on what he called “
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump and Britain First – cartoon 29 Nov 2017, 3:31pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump and Britain First – cartoon
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By retweeting Britain First, Trump offends a decency he cannot understand | Brendan Cox 29 Nov 2017, 2:25pm By retweeting Britain First, Trump offends a decency he cannot understand | Brendan Cox
When the most powerful man in the world becomes a purveyor of hate, our best response is tolerance
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Mick Mulvaney Is the True Pope 28 Nov 2017, 12:35pm Updated Mick Mulvaney Is the True Pope
Once again, naked progressive overreach sets Donald Trump up for a win.
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The US sanctions bill is a timebomb for Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin | Natalie Nougayrède 28 Nov 2017, 1:00am The US sanctions bill is a timebomb for Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin | Natalie Nougayrède
Congress now controls a process that is dangerous to both presidents – and the oligarchs, fearing targeted personal sanctions, are getting desperateIn Russia, propaganda-generated hope springs eternal, and no more so than at the news agency Tass. Europe is wising up to the fact that its sanctions policy against Russia is “senseless and futile”,
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Trump Brings Foreign Policy Back to Earth 27 Nov 2017, 6:38pm Trump Brings Foreign Policy Back to Earth
The goal now is less to make dreams come true than to keep nightmares at bay.
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The Guardian view on Taylor Swift: an envoy for Trump’s values? | Editorial 24 Nov 2017, 2:08pm The Guardian view on Taylor Swift: an envoy for Trump’s values? | Editorial
The world’s biggest pop star is not simply a product of the age but seems a messenger for its disturbing spiritIn the year since Donald Trump was elected, the entertainment world has been largely united in its disdain for his presidency. But a notable voice has been missing from the chorus: that of Taylor Swift, the world’s
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A quick UK-US post-Brexit trade deal?Looking at Nafta, that seems unlikely | Randall Mark Wigle 24 Nov 2017, 8:55am A quick UK-US post-Brexit trade deal?Looking at Nafta, that seems unlikely | Randall Mark Wigle
Trump has promised a deal ‘very, very quickly’. If talks proceed as slowly as they are for a revised US agreement with Canada and Mexico, that won’t happenBeing a Canadian sabbatical visitor in the United Kingdom this year has allowed me to witness Brexit politics at close hand. As an economist, I’ve found it fascinating. Some Britons feel that Brexit sets the stage for a
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22 Nov 2017, 12:19pm Updated Make America Normal Again
The Trump Treasury should know that low rates don’t last forever.
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Water divining is bunk. So why do myths continue to trump science? | Philip Ball 22 Nov 2017, 11:01am Water divining is bunk. So why do myths continue to trump science? | Philip Ball
The use of dowsing by major water companies shows that the appeal of natural magic needs to be understood – and, where needed, confrontedThe news that many
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North Korea, Terror Sponsor 20 Nov 2017, 7:12pm North Korea, Terror Sponsor
Trump corrects a Bush mistake and calls the North what it is.
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The Observer view on Saudi Arabia, the US and Yemen 18 Nov 2017, 7:05pm The Observer view on Saudi Arabia, the US and Yemen
While Yemen starves, Trump moves ever close to its tormenter, the headstrong ruler of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, is a young man in a hurry. So, too, is Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser. Together, they make a dangerous combination. By all accounts, the two men have become firm friends, forging a strong bond melding youth and power.
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Trump vs. the Deep Regulatory State 17 Nov 2017, 6:10pm Trump vs. the Deep Regulatory State
The tempestuous president is overseeing a principled, far-reaching reform of agencies that had exceeded their constitutional writ.
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Philanthropy Booms in the Trump Era---but It Also Gets Political 17 Nov 2017, 6:08pm Philanthropy Booms in the Trump Era---but It Also Gets Political
Such advocacy fails to provide direct and tangible benefits to individuals in need.
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From Peppa Pig to Trump, the web is shaping us. It’s time we fought back | Jonathan Freedland 17 Nov 2017, 2:18pm From Peppa Pig to Trump, the web is shaping us. It’s time we fought back | Jonathan Freedland
Social media algorithms have assumed a sinister supremacy, directing us in ways we barely understand. Are we content to let them control our lives?Forget the canary in the coal mine: these days, the warning comes from a cartoon pig in a dentist’s chair. And it’s no exaggeration to say it’s pointing to a threat facing all humanity. The pig in question is Peppa, beloved by children everywhere. What could be safer than settling a child in front of a few Peppa Pig videos, served up in succession by YouTube, knowing they’ll be innocently amused while the adults chat among themselves?
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The Guardian view on Theresa May and Russia: keep pouring the sunshine | Editorial 14 Nov 2017, 2:29pm The Guardian view on Theresa May and Russia: keep pouring the sunshine | Editorial
The prime minister’s annual speech on foreign affairs might have highlighted Brexit or the disruptive effect of Trump. But it was vital to call out Russia’s propaganda war tooBritain’s prime minister makes
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Why should Trump care about thousands killed, when there are deals to be done? | Tina Cuyugan 14 Nov 2017, 8:46am Why should Trump care about thousands killed, when there are deals to be done? | Tina Cuyugan
The US and Philippine presidents have huge respect for each other, so it was no surprise to see Duterte’s ‘drug war’ ignored when he hosted the US presidentUnlikely as it may seem, Donald Trump and Rodrigo Duterte may have more in common than any other US and Philippine presidents in history. For one thing, they’re
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Britain once punched above its weight. Now we are irrelevant | Jonathan Powell 13 Nov 2017, 1:00am Britain once punched above its weight. Now we are irrelevant | Jonathan Powell
After Brexit and Trump, with the two pillars of its foreign policy broken, the UK’s allies can only look on in puzzlement
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A Nafta Recession? 12 Nov 2017, 4:29pm A Nafta Recession?
The biggest threat to the Trump economy is his trade agenda.
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As Trump fawns over Xi, global politics is now a ‘strong man’ game | Will Hutton 11 Nov 2017, 7:05pm As Trump fawns over Xi, global politics is now a ‘strong man’ game | Will Hutton
Trade agreements are being torn up in a brutal exercise of economic force by the most powerfulIt was an extraordinary moment, so small wonder there was an audible intake of breath from the huge audience in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. Here was Donald Trump, visibly flattered by the pomp and magnificence of the welcome mounted by the Chinese Communist party, saying in his big speech
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After a year of Trump, good news for Europe – he doesn’t care about us | Natalie Nougayrède 11 Nov 2017, 1:00am After a year of Trump, good news for Europe – he doesn’t care about us | Natalie Nougayrède
In the absence of true engagement by the US president, Europe’s leaders have the chance to redefine their relationship with the White HouseOne year on, what has been the impact of Donald Trump on Europe? How have governments reacted to him? Though the scenario once feared of a populist tidal wave unleashed on the continent by Trump’s victory in the US did not materialise, it would be naive to think Europe’s problems have disappeared. Still, much has changed in that year. Remember how, on the day of Trump’s election, the leader of the French far-right, Marine Le Pen, tweeted elatedly: “Congratulations to the American people, free!” Florian Philippot, one of her close aides, cast the US political earthquake as a portent for liberal Europe: “Their world is crumbling,” he said. “Ours is being built.” One year on, not only has Le Pen suffered defeat at the ballot box, but she now finds herself struggling: her party split, her credibility in shambles.
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A Media Merger Is Mugged by Bureaucrats, Not Donald Trump 10 Nov 2017, 7:24pm A Media Merger Is Mugged by Bureaucrats, Not Donald Trump
A shocking possibility: Partisan politics will save the AT&T and Time Warner deal.
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We’ll never stop Brexit or Trump until we address the anger fuelling both | Jonathan Freedland 10 Nov 2017, 2:40pm We’ll never stop Brexit or Trump until we address the anger fuelling both | Jonathan Freedland
The economic hardship, alienation and loss that motivated so many have to be tackled. There’s no point obsessing over impeachment or a second referendumPerhaps we should call it the new special relationship. Liberal, enlightened types on each side of the Atlantic now share a common experience. While American progressives lament their fellow citizens’ decision to make Donald Trump president a year ago this week, their British counterparts have spent the same period gnashing their teeth over Brexit. When the two groups meet, they exchange apologies: “Don’t blame me,” they tell each other, “I voted the other way.”
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Will Virginia Teach Trump Fans a Lesson? 9 Nov 2017, 7:34pm Will Virginia Teach Trump Fans a Lesson?
A plurality of college-educated whites supported him in 2016. This week a majority went Democratic.
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Bromance in Beijing 9 Nov 2017, 7:25pm Bromance in Beijing
Xi and Trump get along famously, but to what mutual purpose?
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Nicola Jennings on Donald Trump, Twitter and China – cartoon 9 Nov 2017, 3:50pm Nicola Jennings on Donald Trump, Twitter and China – cartoon
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Trump ridiculed the losers. Now, at home and abroad, he is one of them | Martin Kettle 9 Nov 2017, 2:29pm Trump ridiculed the losers. Now, at home and abroad, he is one of them | Martin Kettle
Kowtowing in Beijing and a stunning election defeat to the Democrats show how steadily his power and influence are erodingIt is one of Donald Trump’s favourite and most sneering insults. He has used it publicly about such people as Cher, John McCain, Rosie O’Donnell and Jeb Bush. In Trumpworld, all these people have been dismissed in tweets as “losers”. Right now, though, there is only one big loser in Trumpworld, and that loser is President Trump himself.
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The Guardian view on Trump in China: a bromance unlikely to run smooth | Editorial 9 Nov 2017, 2:27pm The Guardian view on Trump in China: a bromance unlikely to run smooth | Editorial
The US president has been gushing about the Beijing stretch of his Asian tour. But strains in the bilateral relationship are growing with China’s ambitionsMao once observed that a revolution is not a dinner party. Neither are great power relations – even if they manifest temporarily as a lavish meal in the Forbidden City. Wednesday’s feast for Donald Trump was the first time the palace in central Beijing had hosted a banquet for a foreign leader since the Communist party took power in 1949. Beijing, adept at ladling on such flattery, pitched this leg of the US president’s Asia tour as
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Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump plans to crush little rocket man 9 Nov 2017, 1:10am Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump plans to crush little rocket man
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Selfie Politics 8 Nov 2017, 7:01pm Selfie Politics
Trump, in fact, tweets as the Everyman of America’s new politics: Embrace Me!
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A Mass Extinction for Virginia Republicans 8 Nov 2017, 7:01pm A Mass Extinction for Virginia Republicans
Trump deflects blame, but the GOP lost because voters wanted to send him a message.
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The Anti-Trump Wave 8 Nov 2017, 6:52pm The Anti-Trump Wave
Democrats come out in droves and the GOP is caught in the undertow.
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The Guardian view on elections in the US: cause for (cautious) celebration | Editorial 8 Nov 2017, 2:38pm The Guardian view on elections in the US: cause for (cautious) celebration | Editorial
Sizable victories for the Democrats in a series of races offer cheer after a year of Donald Trump. But the party should not feel too reassuredIt was the boost they needed. The jubilation of Democrats as they celebrated
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One year on, Donald Trump is still an illegitimate president | Rebecca Solnit 8 Nov 2017, 6:00am One year on, Donald Trump is still an illegitimate president | Rebecca Solnit
It is unlikely that the presidential election will be overturned, but that is not an argument against the case that it should be, writes
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Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump welcomes President Xi to China 8 Nov 2017, 1:10am Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump welcomes President Xi to China
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Trump, ISIS and the Crisis of Meaning 6 Nov 2017, 6:46pm Trump, ISIS and the Crisis of Meaning
When politics limits itself to the material, people seek spiritual purpose elsewhere.
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6 Nov 2017, 4:53pm Updated Optimistic America
Voters keep expressing disapproval of Trump but rising confidence in their future.
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Trump Brings a New Seriousness With Him to Asia 5 Nov 2017, 1:43pm Trump Brings a New Seriousness With Him to Asia
At least when it comes to security policy, the president has his priorities straight.
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The Observer view on Donald Trump’s tour of Asia | Observer editorial 4 Nov 2017, 8:05pm The Observer view on Donald Trump’s tour of Asia | Observer editorial
The American president’s poor grasp of international relations, his bluster and his ‘America first’ rhetoric are unlikely to reap success in the face of Xi Jinping pragmatism The phrase “bull in a china shop” might have been coined to describe this week’s tour of Asia by Donald Trump. During last year’s presidential election campaign, he
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Social Media Is the Trump of Industries 3 Nov 2017, 6:14pm Social Media Is the Trump of Industries
Don’t like Twitter, Google and Facebook? Tar them with the Russia brush.
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Anything but Weekends With Mitch 3 Nov 2017, 6:01pm Anything but Weekends With Mitch
The Senate confirms four more Trump appellate judges.
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Trump’s Asia tour will expose his craving for the approval of despots | Simon Tisdall 3 Nov 2017, 6:36am Trump’s Asia tour will expose his craving for the approval of despots | Simon Tisdall
Don’t expect to hear much about human rights abuses in the Philippines, Vietnam or China. This trip will be more chummy than challengingExpect to hear a lot of talk in the coming days about the existential threat posed by
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A Tale of Two Republicans 2 Nov 2017, 6:23pm A Tale of Two Republicans
Ed Gillespie takes a far more constructive approach to Trump than Jeff Flake does.
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The Guardian view on Trump in Asia: brace yourselves | Editorial 2 Nov 2017, 3:40pm The Guardian view on Trump in Asia: brace yourselves | Editorial
The US president is about to embark on his first trip to the region. With tensions high over North Korea, and China asserting its ambitions, what will his ignorance and disdain for diplomatic subtlety bring?This weekend Donald Trump embarks on his first trip to Asia as president, and his longest foreign tour since he’s been in office. Over a week and a half he will visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. To say the region’s leaders are bracing themselves for potential displays of freakishness, provocation or incompetence is to put it mildly. If this is indeed the “Asian century”, the US president will nonetheless help determine how it unfolds. That can only be a cause for concern. Mr Trump has cultivated a reputation for unpredictability – or more often sheer inconsistency, as much as he has cultivated his ignorance or disdain for much of what US diplomacy has traditionally been about. Intense China-bashing over trade in his campaign was followed by
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Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump denies all knowledge 2 Nov 2017, 2:10am Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump denies all knowledge
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Donald Trump’s reaction to terror? To make America terrified again | Simon Jenkins 1 Nov 2017, 2:47pm Donald Trump’s reaction to terror? To make America terrified again | Simon Jenkins
The president promises further immigration controls, but there was no hint of ‘extreme vetting’ for gun-owners in the wake of the Las Vegas massacreDrive a truck down a New York street and knock people down, and you’re “
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We’re suckers for conspiracy theories – and it’s a sign of a deep social malaise | Hugo Drochon 1 Nov 2017, 5:10am We’re suckers for conspiracy theories – and it’s a sign of a deep social malaise | Hugo Drochon
It’s easy to be flippant about JFK and the moon landings. But the fake news and assumed truths that pervade our politics tell of something more worryingLast Thursday Donald Trump authorised the release of almost 3,000
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Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump is interrupted on the seat of power 1 Nov 2017, 2:10am Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump is interrupted on the seat of power
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We can’t assume Britain is immune from Trump’s toxic politics | Rafael Behr 1 Nov 2017, 2:00am We can’t assume Britain is immune from Trump’s toxic politics | Rafael Behr
Given the president’s attack on liberal democracy, with Kremlin interference his cult of personal power could spread across the AtlanticThe friendliest polling station I have visited was in Grozny, Chechnya. Separatist rebellion had been crushed by the Russian army, and a referendum was being held to confirm the republic’s loyalty to Moscow. Journalists were bussed in to witness democracy reborn amid the ruins of war. Officials were cheerful, as were our military minders. The
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Resist the Temptation to Politicize Sex Scandals 31 Oct 2017, 6:00pm Resist the Temptation to Politicize Sex Scandals
The left’s excuses for Bill Clinton’s predatory behavior greased the skids for Donald Trump.
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump and George Papadopoulos – cartoon 31 Oct 2017, 4:57pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump and George Papadopoulos – cartoon
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The Guardian view on Robert Mueller’s investigation: this says it’s serious for Trump | Editorial 31 Oct 2017, 3:25pm The Guardian view on Robert Mueller’s investigation: this says it’s serious for Trump | Editorial
The US president may ignore the rules of politics, but he cannot ignore the rule of law and the special counselDonald Trump reacted with
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How will Donald Trump respond to the Russia investigation? | Lawrence Douglas 31 Oct 2017, 6:00am How will Donald Trump respond to the Russia investigation? | Lawrence Douglas
We know how Trump behaves when cornered. His only defense is to attack – recklessly, mendaciously and unrelentingly Of the twelve counts enumerated in the indictment, the first stands out: “Conspiracy Against the United States.” Let us just take that in: The president’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, as well as the manager’s close associate, have been charged with serving as “unregistered agents of the Government of Ukraine” and its pro-Russian leader, Victor Yanukovych.
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Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump on Orange Lives Matter 31 Oct 2017, 3:00am Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump on Orange Lives Matter
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Martin Rowson on the Trump-Russia inquiry – cartoon 30 Oct 2017, 3:46pm Martin Rowson on the Trump-Russia inquiry – cartoon
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Begging Your Pardon, Mr. President 29 Oct 2017, 2:38pm Begging Your Pardon, Mr. President
How Trump can shut down the special counsel probe and leave the Russia investigations to Congress.
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A year on from Trump’s pussy grab, nothing has changed says Eva Wiseman 29 Oct 2017, 2:00am A year on from Trump’s pussy grab, nothing has changed says Eva Wiseman
Despite the shocking revelations, it’s déjà vu all over again Our intentions are good but our memories are short. It was exactly a year ago that the recording of Trump boasting about that “pussy grab” led to an online flood of women sharing their own experiences of sexual assault. There were the formative flashings, the inappropriate doctors, there were women who relived the abuse they’d suffered as children, tweeting into space and risking plenty in order to affect change. Post-Weinstein, women have been sharpening their experiences again into little hashtagged spears
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Trump, Assange, Bannon, Farage… bound together in an unholy alliance | Carole Cadwalladr 28 Oct 2017, 7:05pm Trump, Assange, Bannon, Farage… bound together in an unholy alliance | Carole Cadwalladr
The Wikileaks founder’s astonishing admission should prompt MPs finally to start asking questionsLast Wednesday, 11 months into Donald Trump’s new world order, in the first year of normalisation, a sudden unblurring of lines took place. A shift. A door of perception swung open. Because that was the day that the dramatis personae of two separate Trump-Russia scandals smashed headlong into one another. A high-speed news car crash between Cambridge Analytica and Wikileaks, the two organisations that arguably had the most impact on 2016, coming together last week in one head-spinning scoop.
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The Trump Dossier Dam Is Breaking 27 Oct 2017, 6:37pm The Trump Dossier Dam Is Breaking
A U.S. political party applied to a hostile power for lurid stories about a domestic opponent.
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Why do all conversations lead to Trump? | Emma Brockes 27 Oct 2017, 1:00am Why do all conversations lead to Trump? | Emma Brockes
The US president has become the new Hitler: sooner or later it seems that all online discussions invoke his nameIt is a truism of the modern age that the world has become smaller, and that this is both a good and bad thing. Information is shared where once it was hoarded; multiplicities of voice are heard. And yet the result is often a kind of uniformity. I was thinking about the narrowing of the conversation this week, while browsing online for information about Edwardian England. What I came upon, time and again and on almost every website, were references to Donald Trump, analogies with Trump’s America and discussions that, after dispatching the subject to hand, inevitably turned to Trump.
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As Trump turns his back on the world, the stage is set for President Xi | Larry Elliott 27 Oct 2017, 12:59am As Trump turns his back on the world, the stage is set for President Xi | Larry Elliott
The newly emboldened Chinese leader will exploit US isolationism, giving America its first serious challenge since the collapse of the Soviet Union It was a symbolic moment. High in the Swiss Alps, before an audience of the super-rich gathered for their annual shindig in Davos, China’s Xi Jinping
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26 Oct 2017, 7:45am Updated Art of the Deal: Boeing Edition
It may take a while to evaluate Trump’s relationship with America’s leading exporter.
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Democrats, Russians and the FBI 25 Oct 2017, 6:49pm Democrats, Russians and the FBI
Did the bureau use disinformation to trigger its Trump probe?
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The Guardian view on Republican attacks on Trump: where are the others? 25 Oct 2017, 2:21pm The Guardian view on Republican attacks on Trump: where are the others?
Longstanding opponents of the US president have welcomed outspoken denunciations by senators from his party. But most are still complicitFor all those horrified by Donald Trump’s presidency – the multitudes both in the US and around the world – there is much to savour in the outspoken attacks made by two Republican senators. Jeff Flake and Bob Corker, liberated by impending retirement, launched a powerful dual attack on Tuesday: Mr Flake denounced Mr Trump’s
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25 Oct 2017, 1:44pm Updated The Client
Hillary Clinton and the Democrats paid for a former spy to work with Russians to smear Trump.
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Donald Trump Embraces the Drone Age 25 Oct 2017, 12:00pm Donald Trump Embraces the Drone Age
A presidential memo will encourage innovation in unmanned aircraft.
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With Trump and Brexit, politicians must put principles before prospects | Jonathan Freedland 25 Oct 2017, 6:25am With Trump and Brexit, politicians must put principles before prospects | Jonathan Freedland
MPs backing Brexit despite their beliefs should take note of Republican senators Jeff Flake and Bob Corker, who have made career sacrifices to avert disasterThose craving the end of the Trump presidency will hail
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24 Oct 2017, 8:57pm Updated What about Bob?
The Tennessee senator’s recent history on taxes and Trump.
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What Brings Trump and Macron Together 24 Oct 2017, 9:22am Updated What Brings Trump and Macron Together
Washington and Paris have a problem in common: Germany’s passive attitude.
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Et Tu, Steve Bannon? 23 Oct 2017, 6:47pm Et Tu, Steve Bannon?
Taking out McConnell will not give Trump what he needs: more Republican senators.
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The Power of the Presidential Tweet 22 Oct 2017, 7:30pm The Power of the Presidential Tweet
Trump’s online missives make his supporters laugh and even his opponents think past the sale.
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Trump Caves on Ethanol 22 Oct 2017, 4:10pm Trump Caves on Ethanol
The biofuels lobby overwhelms a core campaign promise.
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The Business of Saving Lives 21 Oct 2017, 12:40am The Business of Saving Lives
Gilead Science’s executive chairman talks about the new era of biomedicine and why drugs cost so much, as Donald Trump has noticed.
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We are obsessed with Brexit and Trump: we should be thinking about China | Martin Kettle 20 Oct 2017, 1:00am We are obsessed with Brexit and Trump: we should be thinking about China | Martin Kettle
It will no longer do to skip over the detail of the superpower’s beliefs and ambitions. What Xi Jinping says and does will shape our worldThis has not been, it must be admitted, an exactly stellar week for those of us who continue to make the case for the enduring strengths of liberal democracy. On the contrary, it has felt like one humiliation after another. In the House of Commons,
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A Fed for a Growth Economy 19 Oct 2017, 7:30pm A Fed for a Growth Economy
Trump needs a leader at the central bank who supports faster growth.
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Who started the ‘Melania Trump body double’ conspiracy theory? Look no further 19 Oct 2017, 12:30pm Who started the ‘Melania Trump body double’ conspiracy theory? Look no further
Last week, I pondered on Twitter if the First Lady was actually a Second Lady. Within a week, this lone act of rogue content creation had made headlines around the world Finally, some fake news I can get behind. Indeed, I can’t help feeling it is fake news I am literally behind, having pointed out the top-level conspiracy last Friday evening, within seconds of NBC tweeting a video of Donald Trump being interviewed at a Secret Service training facility while Melania stood silently next to him. “Absolutely convinced Melania is being played by a Melania impersonator these days,”
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Smells like teen hogwash: Ivanka Trump’s lost ‘punk’ years 19 Oct 2017, 12:16pm Smells like teen hogwash: Ivanka Trump’s lost ‘punk’ years
The first daughter of the United States says she dyed her hair blue as a teenager in tribute to Kurt Cobain – but her story may include some alternative facts Is there a less convincing confection than the childhood struggle of Ivanka Trump? Some of you may recall the
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18 Oct 2017, 2:12pm Updated Trump, NBC and Fake News
A plurality of voters agree it’s a problem, but don’t think punishing broadcasters is the solution.
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Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder shows where hatred of the media can lead | Jonathan Freedland 18 Oct 2017, 7:05am Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder shows where hatred of the media can lead | Jonathan Freedland
The Maltese journalist whose car was blown sky high was fiercely independent. She was also a member of the reviled mainstream mediaIn the roll call of unfashionable causes, defence of the MSM – the hated “mainstream media” – surely ranks close to the top. Bashing the press is now a guaranteed applause line on both the right and left. Donald Trump, who l
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Donald Trump is ripping up the alliances that keep the world safe. We must defend them | Natalie Nougayrède 17 Oct 2017, 2:24pm Donald Trump is ripping up the alliances that keep the world safe. We must defend them | Natalie Nougayrède
From the Iran deal to Unesco, the US president is undermining global cooperation. The fallout could be catastrophic, and Europe will not be immuneFive months ago, Donald Trump’s national security adviser HR McMaster penned a column
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Why I’m going on hunger strike | Tom Watson 17 Oct 2017, 3:00am Why I’m going on hunger strike | Tom Watson
Guantánamo Bay inmates Ahmed Rabbani and Khalid Qasim have gone 26 days without food. President Trump has to take notice, and give them a fair trial I’m going on hunger strike from today. I’m not allowing myself anything but sips of water. Why? This is not some George Osborne-inspired weight-loss plan. No. I’m following the Guantánamo diet in solidarity with two men who are being slowly starved to death by President Trump.
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Who’s to blame for Brexit’s fantasy politics? The experts, of course | Aditya Chakrabortty 17 Oct 2017, 1:00am Who’s to blame for Brexit’s fantasy politics? The experts, of course | Aditya Chakrabortty
Magical thinking about the future is not confined to the cabinet. Just ask the Office for Budget ResponsibilityPolitics, runs the cliche, is the art of the possible. The compromise. The curbed expectation. Not any more. Not in the age of Brexit and Trump. In 2017, politics is the art of the impossible. Of writing blank cheques and scattering them to the wind. Of peddling fantasies and promising the voters they will be made flesh by tomorrow.
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A Slow Death for the Iran Deal 16 Oct 2017, 10:05am Updated A Slow Death for the Iran Deal
Trump has ‘scotch’d the snake, not kill’d it.’ But proposed congressional ‘fixes’ are feckless.
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Yes, Donald Trump can be removed from the US presidency. Here’s how | Jonathan Freedland 14 Oct 2017, 5:21am Updated Yes, Donald Trump can be removed from the US presidency. Here’s how | Jonathan Freedland
There are a lot of people hoping he’ll be turfed out of office soon – but first the Democrats have to start winning elections The bar is set so low for Donald Trump that every day he doesn’t trigger a nuclear confrontation with a distant adversary is seen as a bonus. Today was one such day, as Trump signalled that he would not, after all,
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What Football Needs Is Another Teddy Roosevelt 13 Oct 2017, 5:50pm What Football Needs Is Another Teddy Roosevelt
After 18 players died in 1905, TR pushed rule changes. What a contrast to Trump.
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Scalias All the Way Down 13 Oct 2017, 4:51pm Updated Scalias All the Way Down
While the press goes wild over tweets, Trump is remaking the federal judiciary.
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The Guardian view on decertifying the Iran deal: full of sound and fury | Editorial 13 Oct 2017, 2:32pm The Guardian view on decertifying the Iran deal: full of sound and fury | Editorial
Trump rampages in rhetoric. But for all his posturing, the Iran deal still stands – justDonald Trump has taken a wild swing at his predecessor’s key foreign policy legacy, the milestone 2015 Iran nuclear accord. By
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Salvaging Private Health Insurance 13 Oct 2017, 1:25pm Updated Salvaging Private Health Insurance
Trump’s executive order should create more choices and lower costs.
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What Bob Corker Sees in Trump 12 Oct 2017, 6:23pm What Bob Corker Sees in Trump
His concerns are widely shared. The senator deserves credit for going on the record with them.
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How to Defeat the Islamic Republic 12 Oct 2017, 1:37pm Updated How to Defeat the Islamic Republic
Iran’s regime resembles the Soviet Union in its dying days. Trump can follow Reagan’s example.
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Britain will greet Trump with our biggest ever carnival against hatred | Owen Jones 12 Oct 2017, 8:43am Britain will greet Trump with our biggest ever carnival against hatred | Owen Jones
Theresa May and the White House clearly think that downgrading his state visit will subdue our protests. Quite the oppositeProtest works. Cast your minds back to that distant political era otherwise known as January 2017. A racist misogynist megalomaniac had just celebrated his inauguration as the 45th president of the United States. Theresa May – overcome with hubris, but yet to be fatally wounded by her nemesis – gallivanted off to the White House and served us up a
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The Free-Speech Wars 11 Oct 2017, 7:10pm The Free-Speech Wars
No one would mistake Donald Trump for James Madison, but stay tuned.
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Trump, Corker and the Circular Firing Squad 11 Oct 2017, 7:10pm Trump, Corker and the Circular Firing Squad
Why is the president mocking a senator whose help he needs to pass tax reform?
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President Trump Could Win With the Dreamers 10 Oct 2017, 6:56pm President Trump Could Win With the Dreamers
Immigration could be an opportunity for success where past administrations have failed.
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump and Rex Tillerson – cartoon 10 Oct 2017, 3:26pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump and Rex Tillerson – cartoon
a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2017/oct/10/steve-bell-on-donald-trump-and-rex-tillerson-cartoon">Continue reading...
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Immigration Bait and Switch 10 Oct 2017, 1:08pm Updated Immigration Bait and Switch
Trump bows to the restrictionists and may scupper a deal.
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Owen Jones talks to Emily Thornberry: ‘Boris seems to get his policy from Trump’s tweets’ - video 10 Oct 2017, 5:47am Owen Jones talks to Emily Thornberry: ‘Boris seems to get his policy from Trump’s tweets’ - video
Emily Thornberry tells Owen Jones the prime minister has done little to help people struggling to make ends meet in Britain. The shadow foreign secretary accuses Theresa May of being all talk and no action when it comes to tackling poverty, saying she is more focused on attempting to placate the warring factions of the Conservative party and dealing with Boris Johnson's outbursts and public insubordination
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The Truth About Trump and Corker 9 Oct 2017, 7:01pm The Truth About Trump and Corker
The Senator is giving good advice, not that the President will take it.
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A Jones Act Head Fake on Puerto Rico 6 Oct 2017, 7:00pm A Jones Act Head Fake on Puerto Rico
Will Trump side with the swamp to raise rebuilding costs?
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President Cordray Strikes Again 6 Oct 2017, 12:21pm Updated President Cordray Strikes Again
He bids to kill payday lending after Trump refuses to fire him.
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