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Trump’s economic war on Iran is doomed to failure | Richard Dalton 16 Nov 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 1:17pm Ben Jennings on Donald Trump marking the armistice – cartoon
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US democracy: crisis, what crisis? | Letters 11 Nov 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 5:05pm Trump 2.0 Begins
The president will have trouble reassembling his 2016 coalition unless he changes.
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7 Nov 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 7:07pm Freedom for an American Hostage
Trump used his leverage to bring pastor Andrew Brunson home.
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12 Oct 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 7:17pm The Never Conservatives
The Kavanaugh fight isn’t about Trump. We’re all deplorables now.
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3 Oct 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 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 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 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 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 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 1:00am Kavanaugh has revealed the insidious force in global politics: toxic masculinity | Jonathan Freedland
A swaggering machismo. A sense of male entitlement. But the instincts of the supreme court nominee stretch far beyond the partisan battles of WashingtonWhen Donald Trump speaks the truth, it’s usually by accident. A choice example came late on last night, after TV audiences in the US and around the world were riveted by the sight of Trump’s choice for the supreme court ranting and raving, his face twisted in fury, as he insisted he was innocent of the sexual assault that had just been detailed in calm, precise terms by Christine Blasey Ford. “Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him,”
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Martin Rowson on the US supreme court nomination – cartoon 28 Sep 12:28pm Martin Rowson on the US supreme court nomination – cartoon
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‘My name is Brett Kavanaugh and this is my testimony …’ | Marina Hyde 28 Sep 8:46am ‘My name is Brett Kavanaugh and this is my testimony …’ | Marina Hyde
The furious performance of Donald Trump’s nominee for the US supreme court yesterday is reimagined by our columnistGood afternoon, Mr Chairman, ranking member Feinstein, and members of the committee. My name is Brett Kavanaugh, and this is an even more malarial job interview than the one for The Apprentice. Same boss, though. To the Republicans among you, I would say: I know you believe her, but I thank our mutual God you don’t care. To the Democrats, I would say: Don’t ask me if I’ve ever blacked out from drinking. HAVE YOU?
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It’s not just Trump. Much of America has turned its back on Europe | Timothy Garton Ash 28 Sep 1:00am It’s not just Trump. Much of America has turned its back on Europe | Timothy Garton Ash
The United States is no longer passionate about the transatlantic alliance; its president is reflecting the national mood Can Donald Trump get any worse? Yes, he can. But our fixation on his personal awfulness, which was on full
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The kiss of death for Lancashire County Cricket Club | Letters 27 Sep 1:45pm The kiss of death for Lancashire County Cricket Club | Letters
‘Azzers’ | Lancashire cricket | Donald Trump | Chess and poker | Junk food | Successful relationshipsNow we’ve exhausted
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The Guardian view on Macron’s anti-populism: rhetoric is not enough | Editorial 26 Sep 1:13pm The Guardian view on Macron’s anti-populism: rhetoric is not enough | Editorial
The French president’s ambition to lead a global fightback against nationalism and xenophobia are undermined by his domestic recordEmmanuel Macron’s mission to impress the United Nations this week was made easier by following Donald Trump. The French president’s impassioned defence of multilateral cooperation based on universal human rights was a rebuke to his US counterpart’s bombastic unilateralism. Earlier the same day,
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Trump’s idiocy may lead to more than a war of words with Iran | Simon Tisdall 26 Sep 8:18am Trump’s idiocy may lead to more than a war of words with Iran | Simon Tisdall
The president’s fatal ignorance could result in a conflict much bigger than any convenient crisis manufactured for the midtermsDespite the
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Surprise---Ukrainians Are Bullish on Trump 24 Sep 7:13pm Surprise---Ukrainians Are Bullish on Trump
He’s oddly fond of Putin, but his administration has been tougher on Russia than Obama’s was.
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Can Labour forge a new, 21st-century socialism? | John Harris 24 Sep 1:00am Can Labour forge a new, 21st-century socialism? | John Harris
The scepticism about Corbynism isn’t because it is too radical, but because in an era of disruption, it is not radical enough In among all the noise about Brexit and Donald Trump, there’s a remarkable sound: a great deal of the free-market, laissez-faire ideas that have dominated the last four decades being criticised and contested, perhaps as never before. In the US, the fallout from the election of 2016 has fed into the first stirrings of a
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21 Sep 4:16pm Is Trump Creating New Republicans?
Much of the media is trying to persuade Latinos to dislike the GOP but it’s a tougher sale than expected.
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The Guardian view on the US and North Korea: warm words, not deeds | Editorial 20 Sep 1:35pm The Guardian view on the US and North Korea: warm words, not deeds | Editorial
Washington has said it will restart talks with Pyongyang. Kim Jong-un knows how to make Donald Trump feel good; that doesn’t mean he plans to denucleariseNorth Koreans are used to extracting the most from very little. It is how the country’s people have survived; and how the rulers who impoverished them have always handled international pressure. Even so, Kim Jong-un must be surprised by his success in eking out minimal material. First came the
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The Democratic party went awol in 2016 – and is still missing | Cas Mudde 20 Sep 8:52am The Democratic party went awol in 2016 – and is still missing | Cas Mudde
The party has no clear leader, no convincing analysis of why they lost the election, and no strategy to do better next time On 8 November 2016 Donald Trump won the US presidency. But it was also the day the Democratic party went awol. Almost two years later, the Democrats are still not to be found. They have no clear leader, or even leadership team, no convincing analysis of why they lost the election, and, consequently, no strategy to do better next time. In a July 2017
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19 Sep 5:08pm Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Authoritarianism
The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee pitches a new edition of her campaign memoir.
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Is it acceptable to laugh at Donald Trump’s mushroom? 19 Sep 8:43am Is it acceptable to laugh at Donald Trump’s mushroom?
Any guilt over enjoying Stormy Daniels’s revelation should be weighed against how Trump’s policies hurt women
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The Missing China Trade Strategy 18 Sep 7:27pm 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 | Editorial 18 Sep 1:31pm The Guardian view on US-China trade wars: careful what you start | Editorial
The tit-for-tat between the two countries continues, but macho political posturing will not deal with the real issues“It is easier to start a war than to end it,” Gabriel García Márquez once observed. This is true even when the skirmishes are fought over cotton hammocks, ornamental fish, motorboats and soya bean oil rather than territory. On Monday, Donald Trump ramped up his trade offensive by announcing that the US would
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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
a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2017/dec/06/steve-bell-on-donald-trump-and-jerusalem-cartoon">Continue reading...
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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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