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The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s immigration policy: hateful and wrong | Editorial9h The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s immigration policy: hateful and wrong | Editorial
Dividing migrant families is despicable. But the US president doesn’t care. Republicans up for election ought toIt is not just
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Despair and anger at Donald Trump’s immigration policy | Letters10h Despair and anger at Donald Trump’s immigration policy | Letters
Readers respond to the US immigration policy where children are being separated from their parentsYour article about President Trump’s defence of an immigration policy that separates children from parents (
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When it comes to Germany, there’s method in Trump’s madness | Alan Posener14h When it comes to Germany, there’s method in Trump’s madness | Alan Posener
The president’s opportunistic tweets have raised hackles, but no one can deny that Merkel’s coalition is in troubleI’ve given up on trying to find a method in the madness of Donald Trump’s tweets. But his recent attack on the German government at least makes political sense. Under fire over the
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If a Trump-Iran Summit Happens, Ayatollah So28h If a Trump-Iran Summit Happens, Ayatollah So
Making the offer would put pressure on the regime, with little risk to the U.S.
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Crudo: Love in the Apocalypse review – a shimmering experimental novel45h Crudo: Love in the Apocalypse review – a shimmering experimental novel
Donning the persona of the late US author Kathy Acker, Olivia Laing tests the limits of fiction in this extraordinary debutA writer makes things up. In making things up, a greater truth is revealed. This is the premise of much fiction that nostalgically grasps for a certainty that feels as modern as taxidermy. “You couldn’t make it up,” is the hackneyed vernacular. Right now: governance via tweets, poisonings in Salisbury, ice shelves dissolving, the anniversary of a flammable tower block turning into a tomb. Jacob Rees-Mogg being spoken of as a viable prime minister. Nazis in Charlottesville and Hungary. Steve Bannon. Trump meeting the two Kims: Kardashian and Jong-un.
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Trump is creating his American caliphate, and democracy has no defence | Nesrine Malik46h Trump is creating his American caliphate, and democracy has no defence | Nesrine Malik
Officials quoting a holy text to justify repressive policies is something we who grew up in the Arab world have seen before If there was a dictator’s playbook, the Donald Trump administration would now be on the “Instrumentalise Religion” chapter. Last week, in what sounded like the launch of a US caliphate, the attorney general, Jeff Sessions,
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No Country for American Locker Makers 17 Jun 7:30pm No Country for American Locker Makers
How the Trump steel tariff is harming a U.S. company and its workers.
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The order Trump holds in contempt was once America’s proudest creation | Jonathan Fenby 17 Jun 7:00am The order Trump holds in contempt was once America’s proudest creation | Jonathan Fenby
Seventy years ago, as a new major book suggests, America helped rebuild Europe and assumed the role of global peacemakerBehind the Twitter storms and hyperbolic self-promotion, Donald Trump is nothing if not consistent in his approach to the world. A single aim runs through his international policy – to liberate himself and his country from constraints and to leave it free to pursue whatever he determines to be its destiny. Thus, this month, he has
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Donald Trump cosies up to Kim and Putin – cartoon 16 Jun 1:00pm Donald Trump cosies up to Kim and Putin – cartoon
Human rights abuses – what human rights abuses? How the US president likes to keep his enemies close
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The Senate in Repose 15 Jun 7:04pm The Senate in Repose
GOP spenders plan to block Trump’s $15 billion rescissions bill.
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Trump prefers strongmen. But democracy is not a weakness | Jonathan Freedland 15 Jun 10:42am Trump prefers strongmen. But democracy is not a weakness | Jonathan Freedland
The US president praises Xi and Kim and disparages western politicians. But I’d far rather live in a nation where leaders are held to accountIn the lexicon of Donald Trump, the insult of choice is “weak”. He hurled it at Justin Trudeau last weekend, though not to his face: Trump waited till he was safely on Air Force One, having made an early exit from the G7 summit hosted by the Canadian prime minister, to tweet that Trudeau was “
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Spare me the calls for civility – President Trump deserves our rage | Jessica Valenti 15 Jun 6:00am Spare me the calls for civility – President Trump deserves our rage | Jessica Valenti
Samantha Bee and Robert De Niro have taken flak for foul language. But polite responses to Trump play right into his hands Can we stop pretending that the right cares about civility? Whether it’s the faux outrage over the television host
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When Trump and Kim shook hands I felt a swirl of emotions | Oak Koo Kim 15 Jun 2:01am When Trump and Kim shook hands I felt a swirl of emotions | Oak Koo Kim
I was a boy when the Korean War broke out, I still have nightmares. Kim Jong-un deserves credit for starting on the road to reunification I became very emotional when I saw Chairman Kim Jong-un and President Trump meeting in Singapore. When they
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Social Security Needs Immigrants 14 Jun 7:14pm Social Security Needs Immigrants
Entitlement money is running out, and Trump’s policies would keep payrolls from growing.
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14 Jun 3:55pm Trump and Kim: The Movies
Can the leader of the free world and a communist dictator produce a blockbuster for peace?
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Help Is on the Way for Middle Eastern Christians 13 Jun 7:08pm Help Is on the Way for Middle Eastern Christians
Under President Trump’s orders, USAID is directing aid to persecuted groups in Iraq.
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Trump Breaks Rules, but When Do We Start Winning? 13 Jun 6:30pm Trump Breaks Rules, but When Do We Start Winning?
He is in nonstop motion on North Korea, Iran and trade. What comes next?
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Donald Trump, North Korea and the potential global consequences 13 Jun 12:44pm Donald Trump, North Korea and the potential global consequences
Readers respond to this week’s summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-unEverybody seems to concur that the agreement between the North Korean leader and Trump is going to let the US disengage militarily from the peninsula (
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Trump was right. The rest of the G7 were wrong | George Monbiot 13 Jun 1:57am Updated Trump was right. The rest of the G7 were wrong | George Monbiot
In arguing for a sunset clause to the Nafta trade agreement, this odious man is exposing the corruption of liberal democracy He gets almost everything wrong. But last weekend Donald Trump got something right. To the horror of the other leaders of the rich world, he defended democracy against its detractors. Perhaps predictably, he has been universally condemned for it.
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Tariffs and the Tax Cut 12 Jun 7:12pm Tariffs and the Tax Cut
A 25% auto levy will limit the tax-cut benefit for Trump voters.
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On Big Media, the Court Speaks 12 Jun 7:03pm On Big Media, the Court Speaks
But the real question media moguls will ask themselves: Is Donald Trump listening?
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Who Unraveled the New World Order? 12 Jun 7:01pm Who Unraveled the New World Order?
It wasn’t Trump. The global economic consensus began falling apart years before he entered politics.
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Promises, Nuclear Promises 12 Jun 6:14pm Promises, Nuclear Promises
Trump says he can tell Kim has changed, but the evidence is scant.
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12 Jun 3:52pm Don and the Dictator
How should the media react to Trump’s North Korea deal?
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Steve Bell on the Trump-Kim summit – cartoon 12 Jun 3:23pm Steve Bell on the Trump-Kim summit – cartoon
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The Guardian view on Trump in Singapore: a huge win – for North Korea | Editorial 12 Jun 1:11pm The Guardian view on Trump in Singapore: a huge win – for North Korea | Editorial
The US president made a major concession at his summit with Kim Jong-un, for minimal returnA confident leader strode into the Singapore summit and won. Kim Jong-un went with a plan, gave little and
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A bad hair day for Trump and Kim in Singapore | Brief letters 12 Jun 1:09pm A bad hair day for Trump and Kim in Singapore | Brief letters
Internet addiction | Declaring social media | ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt | Female Morris Minor owners | Singapore summitSuzanne Moore (
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Why South Koreans are worried about the Trump-Kim ‘deal’ | Hans Schattle 12 Jun 12:48pm Why South Koreans are worried about the Trump-Kim ‘deal’ | Hans Schattle
Critics fear Kim Jong-un has ambitions to reunify the peninsula – and that, given the latest concessions, Trump may back himThe Singapore summit made history in symbolism, but can this new dialogue end North Korea’s 70 years of isolation from the outside world and transform relations on the Korean peninsula? Many details must be clarified before we know if the summit will make history in substance – and if the divided Korean peninsula is to move beyond the uneasy peace of the past 65 years.
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Trump really has achieved a historic breakthrough – for the Kim dynasty | Jonathan Freedland 12 Jun 8:54am Trump really has achieved a historic breakthrough – for the Kim dynasty | Jonathan Freedland
With a shake of the hand, the US president has tightened Kim Jong-un’s grip over an enslaved nation – and got almost nothing in returnA useful way to test the
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Why Trump Clashes With Europe 11 Jun 6:21pm Why Trump Clashes With Europe
Sharp differences in style and substance threaten the trans-Atlantic alliance.
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Martin Rowson on the Trump-Kim summit – cartoon 11 Jun 1:28pm Martin Rowson on the Trump-Kim summit – cartoon
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I’m in denial about my internet dependence | Suzanne Moore 11 Jun 1:07pm I’m in denial about my internet dependence | Suzanne Moore
Children have gone into rehab due to internet addiction, and Lily Allen says she spends five hours a day on Twitter. How do we deal with this? When Jean-Paul Sartre said, “Hell is other people”, he was clueless. Social media did not yet exist. Now we all know how hellish other people are, no matter how heavenly their Instas. And we know not what we do. Or at least that’s how the internet is still spoken of, as something newish, out of control and worrying. The gnattish attention spans of adults, the limited vocabulary of children, social isolation, Trump, eating disorders, the “alt-right”. All of these are because of the damned old internet.Limiting the time your kids spend online is now a signifier of middle-class parenting is now limiting to limit the time your kids spend online. Really? This is like buying them wooden toys they never play with. We still seem to have no real handle on how we talk about the online world apart from this narrative of fear, addiction and excess. At this stage of the game, I wonder how useful this is. A nine-year-old girl has reportedly been put into rehab for an Xbox addiction so bad that she would rather sit in her own urine than stop for a toilet break. A mother of a 15-year-old boy is fighting for the NHS to diagnose internet gaming addiction, as her son’s life is being ruined by it. The World Health Organization has classified internet gaming addiction as a mental health disorder.
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If Trump wants to blow up the world order, who will stop him? | Yanis Varoufakis 11 Jun 11:23am If Trump wants to blow up the world order, who will stop him? | Yanis Varoufakis
As horrified as we may be at Trump’s uncouth antics, it is important to understand the tectonic shifts underpinning them Donald Trump’s early departure, and his subsequent refusal to endorse the G7 communique, has thrown the mainstream press into an apoplexy reflecting a deeper incomprehension of our unfolding global reality. In a bid to mix toughness with humour, Emmanuel Macron had quipped that the G7 might become the … G6. That’s absurd, not least because without the United States, capitalism as we know it (let alone the pitiful G7 gatherings) would disappear from the planet’s face.
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Trump, Merkel, Macron: the G7 photos worth a thousand words 11 Jun 9:48am Trump, Merkel, Macron: the G7 photos worth a thousand words
A photo released by Angela Merkel caused a social media sensation. But did the summit look as grim to the other leaders? They say a picture is worth a thousand words – which, obviously, as a writer, I am going to disagree with. No butcher is going to extol the virtues of a veggie burger, after all. But some photographs are pretty special.
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What Trump and Kim can learn from High School Musical | Lucinda Everett 11 Jun 8:26am What Trump and Kim can learn from High School Musical | Lucinda Everett
From the Big Flounce to how to deploy cheerleaders: the movie franchise is full of useful strategiesThe
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The Guardian view on the US-North Korea summit: realism should trump hope | Editorial 11 Jun 8:24am The Guardian view on the US-North Korea summit: realism should trump hope | Editorial
It is a mistake to see the Singapore meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un as a negotiation. This is a show, put together by two leaders who have very different aims for the talksRoll up, roll up. There’s
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Trump’s vulgarity could be the one diplomacy Kim Jong-un understands | Simon Jenkins 11 Jun 6:57am Trump’s vulgarity could be the one diplomacy Kim Jong-un understands | Simon Jenkins
With North Korea backed into a corner, Trump must pander to Kim’s vanity. The meeting could redefine international relationsA battered phoenix is struggling to rise from the
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The Guardian view on Trump and the G7 summit: a watershed moment | Editorial 10 Jun 12:45pm The Guardian view on Trump and the G7 summit: a watershed moment | Editorial
The US is the cornerstone of the international order. If Donald Trump removes it, the remaining democracies must still stand togetherThe
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Macron is reviving France and calling Merkel’s bluff on European reform 10 Jun 1:00am Macron is reviving France and calling Merkel’s bluff on European reform
After the interlude of the G7, it’s back to European affairs. Can the president win over the chancellor? Emmanuel Macron returns home from his run-in with Donald Trump at the G7 summit to face what looks like an unresolvable European equation. For years, Germany worried that France was too weak a partner in Europe. Paris made promises it could not keep, failed to get its house in order and then blamed German intransigence for its own problems. Now, finally, France has called Germany’s bluff –but is not getting the response it had hoped for. Macron took office determined to restore balance to what had become an uneven Franco-German relationship, tilted towards mighty Germany. To the question: “Who runs Europe?”, the answer had been simple: Angela Merkel. German expectations about France’s ability to stick to its commitments, reboot its economy and bring down unemployment were low. This offered Berlin an easy response to demands from Paris, particularly when it came to reforming the eurozone: sort out your domestic problems first and then we’ll talk.
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Love Island’s brutal dating game shows us men are vulnerable too | Gaby Hinsliff 9 Jun 1:00am Love Island’s brutal dating game shows us men are vulnerable too | Gaby Hinsliff
Modern masculinity is usually shown as toxic or threatening but the TV hit offers a surprising insight into men’s softer sideWomen have no idea what men talk about when we are not in the room. Well, how could we? By definition, the conversation changes when we walk in. But most women have their suspicions. Locker room talk had a grim reputation even before Donald Trump. At best, women tend to assume that it’s secretly rather boring: all sport and cars, light on emotions. And that’s where the return of Love Island, ITV2’s spectacularly vacuous hit reality show, has proved unexpectedly interesting. For those readers sadly unfamiliar with the oeuvre, imagine Big Brother minus most of the clothes and all the intellectual pretensions. What’s left is a bunch of swishy-haired young women in skimpy bikinis and heels, thrown together somewhere around a swimming pool with a bunch of improbably muscled hunks in trunks. It’s about as deep as a puddle in a summer drought, the last place on Earth you’d expect to find men’s innermost feelings laid bare. But while the rather seedy hook is the prospect of people trying to cop off with each other while under 24-hour surveillance, the TV gold here is in the endless conversations.
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The Russia Smoke Bomb 8 Jun 7:07pm The Russia Smoke Bomb
Trump plays into Putin’s strategy with his G-7 taunt.
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Trump Goes on a Spending Diet 8 Jun 3:52pm Updated Trump Goes on a Spending Diet
He promised no more Obama-size deficits. Can he lean on GOP lawmakers to deliver?
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Trump is a useless negotiator, and Kim Jong-un will know that | Jonathan Freedland 8 Jun 12:30pm Trump is a useless negotiator, and Kim Jong-un will know that | Jonathan Freedland
The president’s desperation shows, and he has no eye for detail – flaws that have seen him suckered countless timesNext week will see tested one of the enduring fictions of current politics: the myth of Donald Trump, master negotiator. That the myth lives on was demonstrated afresh on Thursday with the
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Despite all the warnings, we are normalising Donald Trump | Gary Younge 8 Jun 1:00am Despite all the warnings, we are normalising Donald Trump | Gary Younge
The president visits the UK in July – it’s vital to make clear we have clear moral lines and he has crossed them many timesDuring the presidential election the Huffington Post’s US site carried the following editor’s note at the end of every story about the Republican nominee: “Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims – 1.6 billion members of an entire religion – from entering the US.” Shortly before 6am on that long election night – in between Trump’s winning Iowa and being declared the victor in Pennsylvania – the Washington bureau chief announced that the note would be removed, “in respect for the office”, and that it was time for a “clean slate”.
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Congress vs. Trump on Tariffs 7 Jun 7:32pm Congress vs. Trump on Tariffs
Democrats gave Presidents too much trade power. The GOP should take it back.
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Trump 7, Eagles 0 6 Jun 7:03pm Trump 7, Eagles 0
Voters beaten down by the politicizing of everything voted for the guy who mocks it.
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Steve Bannon is on a far-right mission to radicalise Europe | Natalie Nougayrède 6 Jun 1:00am Steve Bannon is on a far-right mission to radicalise Europe | Natalie Nougayrède
Don’t be fooled by Bannon’s split with Trump. He’s leading a Trumpian onslaught to undermine European democracy itselfSteve Bannon is on a mission. President Trump’s former chief strategist has
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The Airport Control Tower Is No Place for Racial Redress 5 Jun 7:07pm The Airport Control Tower Is No Place for Racial Redress
The Obama FAA grounded qualified candidates in the name of justice. Why isn’t Trump moving to reverse?
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Is Trump Following a Grand Mideast Strategy? 5 Jun 7:06pm Is Trump Following a Grand Mideast Strategy?
His approach to Israel, Arab allies and Iran makes it look that way. Syria will pose a major challenge.
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Pardon Me, Said the President to Himself 5 Jun 7:02pm Pardon Me, Said the President to Himself
Trump is right about what he could do—though he shouldn’t.
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Who should feed the world: real people or faceless multinationals? | John Vidal 5 Jun 1:00am Who should feed the world: real people or faceless multinationals? | John Vidal
The merger of corporate giants Monsanto and Bayer begs a vital question – what kind of agriculture do we really want?Unless there is a major hiccup in the next few days, an incredibly powerful company will shortly be given a licence to dominate world farming. Following a nod from Donald Trump, powerful lobbying in Europe and a lot of political arm-twisting on several continents, the path has been cleared for Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company, to be taken over by Bayer, the second-largest pesticide group, for an estimated $66bn (£50bn). The merger has been called both a “marriage made in hell” and “an important development for food security”. Through its many subsidiary companies and research arms, Bayer-Monsanto will have an indirect impact on every consumer and a direct one on most farmers in Britain, the EU and the US. It will effectively control
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A Tale of Two Indecencies Shows How We Got Trump 4 Jun 6:53pm A Tale of Two Indecencies Shows How We Got Trump
The lesson of the Roseanne Barr-Samantha Bee double standard.
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4 Jun 4:47pm Trump, Obama and the Jobs Report
Former Obama officials and the press are suddenly deeply concerned about economic data disclosures.
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Samantha Bee doesn’t pussyfoot around, does she? | Rebecca Nicholson 2 Jun 1:59pm Samantha Bee doesn’t pussyfoot around, does she? | Rebecca Nicholson
Using foul language about Ivanka Trump left the talkshow host vulnerable to the far-right outrage If the talkshow host and comedian
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Singapore or Bust 1 Jun 7:02pm Singapore or Bust
Trump gets the summit he wants with Kim Jong Un.
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1 Jun 3:42pm Trump Should Take Voters Seriously, Not Literally
They voted for American economic revival and will give him flexibility on the details.
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Martin Rowson on Donald Trump, trade wars and steel tariffs – cartoon 1 Jun 2:30pm Martin Rowson on Donald Trump, trade wars and steel tariffs – cartoon
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The Guardian view on Trump’s trade wars: who wins? | Editorial 1 Jun 12:30pm The Guardian view on Trump’s trade wars: who wins? | Editorial
The US imposition of tariffs sends a message rather than providing a solution. It could spark a damaging global conflict“Trade wars are good, and easy to win,” Donald Trump declared this spring. He may soon find out whether he was right. On Thursday his administration launched a multi-front assault on allies and renewed its threatened offensive against China. What constitutes “winning” is hard to say when the aims are so muddled and diffuse. But it may prove good for him, playing well to his base. The imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminium imports upholds a campaign promise, as well as his inaugural pledge that “it’s going to be only America first”. All US presidents think first of the interests of Americans; they would not gain or retain the office otherwise. Yet rarely have these been construed so crudely. Most have realised that the country gains from international cooperation and a rules-based order which it did most to shape. Not so Mr Trump. But since he seems to regard his position as a performance instead of a job, outcomes are almost irrelevant.
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Trump’s trade war threatens global peace | Martin Kettle 1 Jun 12:22pm Trump’s trade war threatens global peace | Martin Kettle
The president has turned America’s trade allies into enemies – and his hand wasn’t even forcedTrade war. Surely the clue is in the name. Incredible as it may seem, the United States has just declared war. Not on adversaries like North Korea, Iran or Russia. Instead it has
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Trump’s tariffs spell it out: Brexit Britain can’t rely on the US | Adam Marshall 1 Jun 7:43am Trump’s tariffs spell it out: Brexit Britain can’t rely on the US | Adam Marshall
‘Global Britain’ and ‘America first’ always sat uneasily together. Now the UK must work with the EU to avert a trade warAs
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Fresh Air in the Swamp 31 May 7:50pm Fresh Air in the Swamp
Trump’s civil-service orders address all too common abuses.
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The Year Politics Collapsed 30 May 7:19pm The Year Politics Collapsed
The class of 1968 included Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Donald J. Trump.
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Auto Tariffs Mean Lost Jobs 30 May 7:00pm Auto Tariffs Mean Lost Jobs
Plenty of Trump voters will suffer with a 25% tax on imports.
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Trump Should Play the Long Game on Trade 30 May 5:52pm Trump Should Play the Long Game on Trade
While the U.S. fixates on steel, China seeks to dominate 21st-century technology.
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It All Comes Out in the Greenroom 30 May 5:47pm It All Comes Out in the Greenroom
If you think liberal talking heads are obsessed with Trump, you should hear what they say in private.
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30 May 5:26pm Is Trump Saving the Blue States?
Tax reform #andGorsuch could rescue even Illinois and New Jersey.
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Roseanne Barr used to be subversive – now she embodies the Trump-supporting psyche 30 May 11:18am Roseanne Barr used to be subversive – now she embodies the Trump-supporting psyche
Once she used her trenchant wit to champion blue-collar America. Now she has flipped into apparently limitless bigotryRoseanne Barr’s tweet, in which she compared Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to Barack Obama, to an ape, was the final straw for ABC, which cancelled her show. The network must have known it was playing with fire when it commissioned the show: present-day Roseanne had mainly shed all the fun bits where she talked to a scandalised audience about shagging John Goodman (wait, what? Married people have sex?), and she was a proud Trump supporter. It is like hitching a comedy vehicle to a hot-air balloon that’s on fire. One minute, you are casually supporting a giant wall and some protectionism, the next you are in favour of removing children from immigrant parents and losing them. Barr appeared contrite but not deterred: she was sorry for the jobs on her show that were lost. She saw, in the fullness of time, that
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The Tommy Robinson case shows ‘alt-right’ tactics are here in the UK | Adam Wagner 30 May 10:19am The Tommy Robinson case shows ‘alt-right’ tactics are here in the UK | Adam Wagner
Rightwing activists have the British justice system in their sights. The contempt laws must be updatedSteve Bannon, President Trump’s former senior adviser,
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Italy is facing regime change. The future will be repressive | Antonella Rampino 30 May 12:59am Italy is facing regime change. The future will be repressive | Antonella Rampino
The alliance between Five Star and the League casts a dark shadow over the nation, threatening to push it beyond EU rulesIs Italy Europe’s new political laboratory – the country in which liberal democracy changes its hue and sinks below the horizon into populism? The question is legitimate, not only because historians have long established how, in his rise to power, Hitler took Mussolini as a model. And not only because Donald Trump was preceded on to the world stage by Silvio Berlusconi – another unscrupulous tycoon devoid of political experience, unfit for government, and with whom Trump shares more than a few
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America First Meets Mr. Market 29 May 6:54pm America First Meets Mr. Market
Trump’s arbitrary trade policy and Italian turmoil pound markets.
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A Miserly 15,000 More Visas 28 May 4:38pm A Miserly 15,000 More Visas
Trump’s DHS skimps on guest workers amid a summer labor shortage.
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Impeach Trump? History Counsels Against It 25 May 6:02pm Impeach Trump? History Counsels Against It
Many members of Congress in 1868 hoped to remove a president they merely disliked. It didn’t go well.
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Martin Rowson on Donald Trump and the North Korea summit – cartoon 25 May 2:03pm Martin Rowson on Donald Trump and the North Korea summit – cartoon
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The North Korea farce makes it clear again: Trump is political Ebola | Simon Tisdall 25 May 7:52am The North Korea farce makes it clear again: Trump is political Ebola | Simon Tisdall
How much longer can the world tolerate having this dangerous narcissist in the White House?This is where hubris and arrogance lead. By indefinitely postponing his summit with Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, in a fit of petulance and political cowardice, Donald Trump has squandered a golden opportunity for peace on the Korean peninsula, plunged the Asia-Pacific region into a period of renewed uncertainty, blindsided America’s allies, and
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Dodging a Korean Summit Failure 24 May 7:12pm Dodging a Korean Summit Failure
Trump was right to call off a meeting that could have been a debacle.
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Trump Gives Europe a Wake-Up Call 24 May 6:40pm Trump Gives Europe a Wake-Up Call
As global conflicts intensify, the president is asking EU nations are to contribute more for their own defense.
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The Guardian view on the North Korea summit: a crisis foretold | Editorial 24 May 1:29pm The Guardian view on the North Korea summit: a crisis foretold | Editorial
Donald Trump’s meeting was all about grabbing plaudits for his over-sized ego rather than a serious effort to achieve peace on the Korean peninsulaThe commemorative summit coin
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Immigrant-Bashing Only Helps MS-13 23 May 6:26pm Immigrant-Bashing Only Helps MS-13
Trump’s rhetoric makes it harder for police to work with law-abiding Latinos against the gang.
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How Europe Can Work With Trump 23 May 6:25pm How Europe Can Work With Trump
Finland, Sweden and a quiet trans-Atlantic defense success story.
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A Grim Prognosis for Trump Derangement 23 May 6:24pm A Grim Prognosis for Trump Derangement
Democrats imagine that contempt and rage will carry them to midterm victory.
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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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22 May 4:48pm Trump, the Six Billion Dollar Man*
Despite his federal spending blowout, some encouraging news about the burden of government.
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Impeaching Trump: could a liberal fantasy become a nightmare? | Ganesh Sitaraman 22 May 6:00am Impeaching Trump: could a liberal fantasy become a nightmare? | Ganesh Sitaraman
The process presents a constitutional and political dilemma, and a brilliant new book unpacks just how risky it is Should members of Congress impeach Donald Trump?
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Iran, Get Ready for the Battle Rial 21 May 6:33pm Iran, Get Ready for the Battle Rial
The Trump administration has declared financial war on the regime. It’s a good bet America will win.
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The Observer view on Venezuela’s need for profound change, not a sham poll | Observer editorial 20 May 1:00am The Observer view on Venezuela’s need for profound change, not a sham poll | Observer editorial
The country is on its knees and Nicolás Maduro, its president, seems ill-equipped to offer salvationIs the Trump administration fomenting a military coup in Venezuela? It would not, after all, be the first time the US has been implicated in attempts at regime change there. In April 2002, Venezuela’s elected president, the late Hugo Chávez, was briefly deposed and arrested by the army, before a supporters’ revolt rescued him. The
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A Looming Nafta Debacle 18 May 6:43pm A Looming Nafta Debacle
The U.S. trade rep is setting Trump up for a major political failure.
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The Guardian view on North Korea: no art as Trump seeks deal | Editorial 18 May 12:18pm The Guardian view on North Korea: no art as Trump seeks deal | Editorial
The US president boasts of a possible peace deal with North Korea, but the prospects of success at next month’s planned summit in Singapore look worse than everIt is not clear whether Donald Trump set out
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Britain cannot send its young to Afghanistan simply because Trump demands it | Owen Jones 18 May 6:49am Britain cannot send its young to Afghanistan simply because Trump demands it | Owen Jones
The US president should not be allowed to dictate UK defence policyWhen we will we ever learn? How many more young British soldiers do we have to send to be slaughtered, maimed or traumatised in futile foreign calamities at the behest of US presidents? In the buildup to Iraq and Libya, critics were ridiculed as naive peaceniks or demonised as the heartless useless idiots of former western clients Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi. What came next? Hundreds of thousands perished, millions were injured and displaced, while extremist jihadis flourished. With the British government
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Assange, Farage, Cummings – isn’t it too soon for the Cumberbatch treatment? | Martha Gill 18 May 4:28am Assange, Farage, Cummings – isn’t it too soon for the Cumberbatch treatment? | Martha Gill
These days no time has to pass before a political event becomes a docudrama featuring those unmistakable cheekbonesAt this time of great political turmoil – Brexit, Trump, endless elections – it can seem like there are few certainties to hold on to. But we can at least take refuge in one unswerving constant, and that is that everything – yes all of it – will soon be portrayed in a Sunday night docudrama starring Benedict Cumberbatch. There simply is no getting away from him. There he was as Julian Assange in the Netflix thriller
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Trump and Bolton on Libya 17 May 7:41pm Trump and Bolton on Libya
North Korea and the U.S. press corps share a common enemy.
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Trump and May have one thing in common: they are incapable of reason | Polly Toynbee 17 May 8:17am Trump and May have one thing in common: they are incapable of reason | Polly Toynbee
This week’s migrant visa revelations have made me seriously doubt the logical powers of our prime ministerAt first sight, Theresa May and Donald Trump could hardly differ more in aspect, behaviour, demeanour and dignity. But what they share is an almost total lack of reasoning power and an ability to hold on to multiple contradictions by the sheer act of will. The daily Brexit impasse of impossibilities has been May’s hallmark, but this week’s revelation on migrant visas reminds us of the full florid extent of her unreasoning. Over
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Funny Business at the Trump Labor Board 16 May 8:33pm Funny Business at the Trump Labor Board
How dubious backstage politics saved a pro-union Obama ruling.
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Steve Bell on recent dialogue between US and North Korea – cartoon 16 May 6:46pm Steve Bell on recent dialogue between US and North Korea – cartoon
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Trump is wrong over Iran, but Europe can’t afford to divorce the US 16 May 12:59am Trump is wrong over Iran, but Europe can’t afford to divorce the US
No other US president has been as antagonistic to European principles. But there’s no alternative to a strong transatlantic partnershipIn 2003 a
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Trump Lets ZTE Off the Hook 14 May 6:58pm Trump Lets ZTE Off the Hook
An arbitrary intervention hurts U.S. sanctions policy.
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From Washington to Jerusalem 14 May 6:57pm From Washington to Jerusalem
Trump fulfilled a campaign promise that others wouldn’t.
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Trump, Iran and American Power 14 May 6:49pm Trump, Iran and American Power
The president sees Tehran’s overreach as an opportunity to arrest U.S. decline.
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Trump threw a match into Jerusalem with no plan to put out the fire | Rachel Shabi 14 May 2:13pm Trump threw a match into Jerusalem with no plan to put out the fire | Rachel Shabi
The killing of 52 Palestinians is the result of the president’s recklessness in giving Netanyahu what he wanted
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The Guardian view on Gaza shootings: stop killing unarmed civilians | Editorial 14 May 1:28pm The Guardian view on Gaza shootings: stop killing unarmed civilians | Editorial
Channelling a reckless Donald Trump, Israeli ministers appear to have adopted a dangerous mindset: to destroy the national aspirations of the Palestinians by military forceIt is inexcusable for soldiers of a military, especially those under democratic civilian control, to shoot and kill protesters, almost all of whom were unarmed, and who pose no credible threat. Yet at the boundary between Gaza and Israel today Israeli soldiers
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The UK must act to counter Trump’s destructive Jerusalem decision | Alon Liel 13 May 7:06am The UK must act to counter Trump’s destructive Jerusalem decision | Alon Liel
Britain’s recognition of the Palestinian state would bolster hopes of Middle East peace and preserve Israeli democracyNot many of us in Israel imagined, in recent years, that the fate of the
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The Observer view on Europe’s duty to confront Donald Trump over Iran | Observer editorial 13 May 1:00am The Observer view on Europe’s duty to confront Donald Trump over Iran | Observer editorial
The American president has thrown into confusion old alliances and imperilled Middle Eastern peaceDonald Trump’s
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Why the AT&T Case Suddenly Matters 12 May 12:13pm Updated Why the AT&T Case Suddenly Matters
Comcast, T-Mobile and Sprint etc. are eager to see if Team Trump is friend or foe of 5G adaptation.
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From Russia With No Love Lost 11 May 6:32pm From Russia With No Love Lost
Anti-Putin crusader Bill Browder on his disillusionment with Moscow’s leader and his tangles with the man behind the Trump dossier.
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10 May 2:27pm Updated Trump Tweets, Korea and the Rocket Man
Can cyber-taunts really be an effective tool of modern diplomacy?
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North Korea’s release of US prisoners doesn’t mean peace | Polly Toynbee 10 May 6:47am North Korea’s release of US prisoners doesn’t mean peace | Polly Toynbee
High expectations for the coming summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump are unrealistic and dangerousHold the jubilation today as President Trump boarded the plane at Andrews Air Force base near Washington DC to greet
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Republican Senate Salvage Job 9 May 7:23pm Republican Senate Salvage Job
The GOP gives itself a chance in two key Trump states.
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The Guardian view on Iran’s nuclear deal: Trump creates a narrative for war | Editorial 9 May 1:34pm The Guardian view on Iran’s nuclear deal: Trump creates a narrative for war | Editorial
The US president’s invective is dangerous but should surprise no one. He relies on assertions that reinforce prejudices but have no basis in fact Donald Trump’s voice in foreign affairs is one that slips between brash arrogance and oily smugness. He touts supremacy from behind thinly concealed contempt. In
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Trump’s folly over the Iran deal comes through loud and clear | Letters 9 May 12:49pm Trump’s folly over the Iran deal comes through loud and clear | Letters
Angry male voices are drowning out truth in politics, argues
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Europe must make Trump pay for wrecking the Iran nuclear deal | Simon Tisdall 9 May 6:07am Europe must make Trump pay for wrecking the Iran nuclear deal | Simon Tisdall
Britain should cancel the president’s visit and join with allies to impose diplomatic and economic sanctions on the USDonald Trump’s
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By ending the nuclear deal, Trump has handed a gift to Iranian hardliners | Sanam Vakil 8 May 6:57pm By ending the nuclear deal, Trump has handed a gift to Iranian hardliners | Sanam Vakil
One of the many knock-on effects of Trump’s decision to end the nuclear deal could be the victory of hardliners in upcoming elections writes Sanam Vakil For Iranians, Donald Trump’s announcement that he is withdrawing the US from the nuclear deal and reimposing sanctions, despite Iran’s compliance with the deal, is deeply disappointing. This is a manufactured crisis, and in making it, Washington and its allies in Tel Aviv and Riyadh have set their sights on a zero sum option of containing and even forcing political change in the Islamic Republic.
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Trump Needs to Learn How to Trust 8 May 6:10pm Trump Needs to Learn How to Trust
America needs allies, and international relations aren’t a zero-sum game.
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Selfie Kiss makes it easier to experience the real thing | Brief letters 8 May 1:00pm Selfie Kiss makes it easier to experience the real thing | Brief letters
Selfie Kiss | Finding companionship | Al Capone and Donald Trump | Predictive text | Double entendresThe Belvedere Gallery in Vienna is to be congratulated on its “Selfie Kiss” (
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​Is Melania Trump the most reluctant first lady ever? 8 May 10:04am ​Is Melania Trump the most reluctant first lady ever?
It might look as if she simply hates her husband, but the debacle of her child internet safety campaign suggests she actually despises the entire business The correct response to the Trump spectacle is to retire in disgust, but there’s something about Melania. Everything she does is laced with this mesmerising ambiguity: does she just loathe her husband? Or does she despise everything about the entire business? From her
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Mr. Najib and Mr. Trump 7 May 6:26pm Mr. Najib and Mr. Trump
The Malaysian strongman has played U.S. Presidents for fools.
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Kanye Had One of the Best Tweets of All Time 7 May 6:22pm Kanye Had One of the Best Tweets of All Time
Maxine Waters said the rapper spoke ‘out of turn’ by praising Trump, but he affirmed his freedom.
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7 May 4:52pm Updated Trump Targets the Schumer Excuse
GOP Senate moderates may have to cut spending after all.
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The Observer view on Trump’s folly in risking not just peace in the Middle East | Observer editorial 5 May 4:01pm The Observer view on Trump’s folly in risking not just peace in the Middle East | Observer editorial
If he rips up the Iran nuclear deal, America’s relationship with Europe will also be irreparably damagedUnless he experiences a sudden, unexpected change of heart, Donald Trump will reactivate US sanctions on Iran next week and, by doing so, attempt to wreck the west’s landmark 2015 nuclear agreement with Tehran. The likely negative consequences of Trump’s decision, if confirmed, are wide-ranging and extremely serious. The Observer is the world's oldest Sunday newspaper, founded in 1791. It is published by Guardian News & Media and is editorially independent.
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The Nafta Ultimatum Strategy 4 May 1:52pm Updated The Nafta Ultimatum Strategy
Trump’s trade rep thinks Democrats will save his trade rewrite. Bad idea.
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Death by sex and television? It’s how Trump would want to go | Marina Hyde 4 May 11:31am Death by sex and television? It’s how Trump would want to go | Marina Hyde
How perfect it would be if, rather than Russia or corruption allegations, it was Stormy Daniels who brought the president down
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Summitry Can Be Risky Business 3 May 6:59pm Summitry Can Be Risky Business
When Trump meets Kim Jong Un, will he bungle it like FDR and JFK? Or triumph like Reagan?
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The Stormy Daniels Damage 3 May 6:59pm The Stormy Daniels Damage
Does Trump want Americans to believe him in a genuine crisis?
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels – cartoon 3 May 1:51pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels – cartoon
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Barnet did once surrender to Labour | Brief letters 3 May 11:54am Barnet did once surrender to Labour | Brief letters
Barnet politics | Breast-cancer screening | Trump’s health | Wildlife photography | Predictive textOwen Jones remarks that the London borough of Barnet is a Tory citadel, among others, that has never surrendered to Labour (
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If Trump destroys the nuclear deal, Iran will fall to its hardliners | Saeed Kamali Dehghan 3 May 1:00am If Trump destroys the nuclear deal, Iran will fall to its hardliners | Saeed Kamali Dehghan
Encouraged by Netanyahu, the US could soon withdraw from the agreement – which would spell the end of hopes for reform Benjamin Netanyahu’s amateurish PowerPoint presentation in Tel Aviv this week –
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China Trade Showdown 2 May 7:05pm China Trade Showdown
Team Trump won’t get results until they know what they want.
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The Tariff Uncertainty 2 May 2:49pm Updated The Tariff Uncertainty
Trump’s assault on trade takes a bite out of U.S. manufacturing.
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Across the world, democracy is in crisis. Here’s my plan to save it | Dambisa Moyo 2 May 1:00am Across the world, democracy is in crisis. Here’s my plan to save it | Dambisa Moyo
The rise of Trump and Brexit highlight an ailing system. But tests for politicians and voters could make a differenceThe election of Donald Trump and the Brexit referendum have together tested the limits of people’s faith in democracy. Many have asked if the results were warped by fake news, or by
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The Deep State Weaponizes Vetting of Trump Appointees 1 May 6:52pm The Deep State Weaponizes Vetting of Trump Appointees
Unaccountable Pentagon officials block a security clearance for a would-be White House aide.
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A Vicious Wolf Gives Trump the Last Laugh 29 Apr 6:27pm A Vicious Wolf Gives Trump the Last Laugh
‘She had some great one-liners,’ Douglas Brinkley said on CNN. He changed his mind.
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The Wolf Who Came as a Wolf 29 Apr 5:54pm The Wolf Who Came as a Wolf
The anti-Trump comic gave the media what she thought they wanted.
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The Observer view on why Emmanuel Macron deserves credit for global vision | Observer editorial 29 Apr 1:00am The Observer view on why Emmanuel Macron deserves credit for global vision | Observer editorial
The French president has been criticised for cosying up to Donald Trump but at least he waved the tattered European flagBy coincidence rather than design, Emmanuel Macron’s address to a joint session of the US Congress took place on the 58th anniversary of a similarly grand Washington occasion starring another French president, Charles de Gaulle. Comparing Macron to his more famous predecessor is not particularly instructive. The two men belong to very different ages, but there are some interesting likenesses. The Observer is the world's oldest Sunday newspaper, founded in 1791. It is published by Guardian News & Media and is editorially independent.
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The US government should cede territory back to Native Americans | Timothy Snyder 28 Apr 6:00am The US government should cede territory back to Native Americans | Timothy Snyder
Historically, immigrants were given special rights to take Native land. If Trump says we are no longer a nation of immigrants, that has consequences
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27 Apr 6:32pm A Modest Trump Bump
Economic growth in the first quarter was great, but only if you compare it to the Obama years.
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The Guardian view on inter-Korean talks: progress – for now | Editorial 27 Apr 11:58am The Guardian view on inter-Korean talks: progress – for now | Editorial
The warm meeting between Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in has raised hopes ahead of the Trump summit. Caution is advisedIt was a historic moment
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Trump can come. But let him know Britain won’t stand for his bigotry | Owen Jones 27 Apr 10:28am Trump can come. But let him know Britain won’t stand for his bigotry | Owen Jones
The president’s visit should not be a means to normalise his ugly politics. He must be greeted by mass street protestsThe normalisation of racism, bigotry and misogyny: this has always been one of the principal dangers of Donald Trump. Here is a man who
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What Does This Moment Demand of Us? 27 Apr 9:04am Updated What Does This Moment Demand of Us?
In the second year of the Trump era, above all you are required to keep your composure.
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Europe, Trump and the Iran Deal 26 Apr 7:26pm Europe, Trump and the Iran Deal
Macron’s move opens the way for a joint rewrite of the nuclear agreement.
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How Trump Takes On Obstruction 26 Apr 7:19pm How Trump Takes On Obstruction
Focus on the threat to the powers of the presidency, not the president personally.
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Trump Takes the Lead Against Russia 25 Apr 6:48pm Trump Takes the Lead Against Russia
America’s sanctions are now stronger than the European Union’s.
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Ronny Jackson in the Mosh Pit 25 Apr 2:15pm Updated Ronny Jackson in the Mosh Pit
Trump has ill-served his nominee to run Veterans Affairs.
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Don’t get angry when Donald Trump comes to Britain – get even | Stella Creasy 25 Apr 1:38pm Don’t get angry when Donald Trump comes to Britain – get even | Stella Creasy
With TopTrumpTargets, we’ll create a legacy of tolerance and inclusivity to counter the divisiveness he glories inFor the left, there are few bogeymen bigger than Donald Trump. The hatred he whipped up to win the White House. The walls, bans and attacks on human rights organisations his administration have made. His erratic use of Twitter that leaves us all fearing world war three will begin at any moment. Theresa May has been plotting a state visit for him, desperate for some crumbs of a post-Brexit trade deal that makes alienating our neighbours worthwhile. Having been put off earlier this year following his
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What Brigitte Macron learned: only trophy wives count in Trumpland | Suzanne Moore 25 Apr 1:17pm What Brigitte Macron learned: only trophy wives count in Trumpland | Suzanne Moore
The state visit seems to be little more than alpha male leaders bonding very publicly, with wives deployed to watchIn every public interaction of the Trumps there is drama. We see his hand wander to hers and when his little finger tickles her clenched fist, she relents and holds his in hers. She is glacial, resistant, but finally she surrenders. The suffering of Melania Trump and her small acts of dissent, of swatting away her husband’s piggy hands are scrutinised eagerly by those who still refuse to believe that this man is still president. It has been one of the oddest features of
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Macron’s charm offensive on Trump is part of his bid to lead Europe | Natalie Nougayrède 24 Apr 1:51pm Macron’s charm offensive on Trump is part of his bid to lead Europe | Natalie Nougayrède
They’re an odd couple, but the French president hopes his trip to the White House will boost his authority within the EUCan a 40-year-old French president, who gives sweeping speeches about Europe, singlehandedly save the global liberal order – and western democracy with it – by whispering into a the ear of a 71-year-old US president who has only contempt for the European project and the values it is meant to uphold? To ask the question is perhaps to answer it.
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The Trump-Macron minibreak makes for some fantastique photographs 24 Apr 12:07pm The Trump-Macron minibreak makes for some fantastique photographs
It’s the first state visit of Donald Trump’s presidency, and the power foursome have really delivered the goods Never will we be gifted such a dream set of press photos as the three day Macron-Trump tête-à-tête, the first day of which has seen the foursome visit the former home of George Washington and awkwardly plant a tree. As presents from France to the US go, some have pointed out that this tree
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Trump at the Supreme Court 23 Apr 7:09pm Trump at the Supreme Court
His travel ban may be unnecessary but it is clearly constitutional.
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Trump Needs Allies on Trade 23 Apr 6:57pm Trump Needs Allies on Trade
This week’s meetings with Macron and Merkel provide an opportunity to reaffirm common interests.
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The Guardian view on Macron in Washington: a need for results | Editorial 23 Apr 1:02pm The Guardian view on Macron in Washington: a need for results | Editorial
France’s president has forged a good relationship with Donald Trump. But he needs policy concessions as well as handshakes from his US visitA young European leader flies to Washington on an official visit. He is a modernising charmer from the progressive wing of politics, articulate and comfortable with the media. He arrives to meet an American president whose politics are emphatically not his, and whose election has dismayed US liberals, disrupted the transatlantic alliance and alienated European opinion. The new US president is an American exceptionalist. He is no respecter of human rights and international institutions. But the European leader has decided to hug him close in the hope of influencing his decisions. Washington rolls out the red carpet. It is captivated by the visitor’s eloquence and charisma, such contrasts to their own leader’s bombast. Improbably, the two men find themselves starting to make big plans together. For anyone whose memory goes back to the run-up to the Iraq war, this is a sobering vision. When Tony Blair
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America is plagued by experts without expertise | Michael Massing 21 Apr 6:00am America is plagued by experts without expertise | Michael Massing
On-air ‘experts’ are more disconnected from their demographics than ever – and their lack of expertise has become glaring in the age of Trump The strong ratings of the first episode of the revived Roseanne set off an avalanche of commentary. On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, for instance, John Podhoretz, a columnist for the New York Post,
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From Trump’s US to Syria, even the plain truth is tribal | Jonathan Freedland 20 Apr 12:54pm From Trump’s US to Syria, even the plain truth is tribal | Jonathan Freedland
The denigration of Robert Mueller and the White Helmets shows the extent to which provable facts are now under siegeThere was a time when, even if we disagreed about the remedy, we did at least agree that the patient was sick. We might argue about the meaning of this or that event, but all sides usually accepted that the event in question had at least happened. No longer. A new and unsettling dimension has entered our collective, and global, conversation.
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Is the GOP the Party of Trump? 19 Apr 11:05am Updated Is the GOP the Party of Trump?
Millions of voters produced a Republican rise while Donald Trump was still a private citizen.
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An open letter to the US Congress: don’t let Trump rip up the Iran deal | Richard Bacon, Omid Nouripour and Delphine O 19 Apr 6:37am An open letter to the US Congress: don’t let Trump rip up the Iran deal | Richard Bacon, Omid Nouripour and Delphine O
It was a major breakthrough, drastically reducing the risk of a nuclear arms race. Abandoning it now will do lasting damage
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Who Needs a Secretary of State? 18 Apr 6:55pm Who Needs a Secretary of State?
Democrats are now trying to block even Trump’s security cabinet.
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Congress and the Special Counsel 18 Apr 6:54pm Congress and the Special Counsel
Trump shouldn’t fire Mueller, but a Senate bill to shield him is unconstitutional.
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s Korean diplomacy: progress without purpose | Editorial 18 Apr 1:32pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s Korean diplomacy: progress without purpose | Editorial
The revelation of face-to-face talks between Kim Jong-un and Mike Pompeo shows that things are changing, but it doesn’t prove that Trump’s way is workingOne function of Donald Trump’s swagger is to give cover to his retreats. It is not the US president’s style to admit that he compromises. He professes a zero-sum world view, where concession is weakness. Yet, in relations with North Korea, Mr Trump has promised the country’s dictatorial leader, Kim Jong-un, a gift – the status boost of a summit meeting – while receiving nothing in return. The seriousness of White House intent regarding the encounter was confirmed this week by news that Mike Pompeo, the current CIA director and Mr Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, held
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If Trump strikes a deal with North Korea, I’ll be delighted. But don’t hold your breath | Jonathan Freedland 18 Apr 8:20am If Trump strikes a deal with North Korea, I’ll be delighted. But don’t hold your breath | Jonathan Freedland
Despite the clandestine meetings between Mike Pompeo and Kim-Jong-un there are many potential pitfalls on the road to peaceIs a North Korean breakthrough imminent? Is a region at war for more than 60 years about to make peace? And, most unexpectedly of all, will we soon have to credit
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Michael Cohen’s jacket: worthy of a shonky used-car salesman 18 Apr 7:23am Michael Cohen’s jacket: worthy of a shonky used-car salesman
Unfortunately for Donald Trump’s legal fixer, he can’t hide behind the clothes he wears or the company he keeps, says our fashion guru in her weekly column
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A Higher Sanctimony 17 Apr 8:59pm A Higher Sanctimony
Comey’s memoir shows he is more like Trump than he cares to admit.
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Trump, Cohen and Attorney-Client Privilege 17 Apr 6:52pm Trump, Cohen and Attorney-Client Privilege
The protection has limits, but is it worth testing them over a possible campaign-finance offense?
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A Higher Loyalty by James Comey review – Hillary’s emails, the election and a loathing for Trump 17 Apr 8:50am A Higher Loyalty by James Comey review – Hillary’s emails, the election and a loathing for Trump
The FBI director sacked by Trump a year ago attempts to justify his pre-election decisions and paints a portrait of the president that could not be uglier
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A Trump Strategy for Syria 16 Apr 12:50pm A Trump Strategy for Syria
A single missile strike won’t stop the designs of Iran and Russia.
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Tariffs First, Farm Subsidies Later? 15 Apr 3:46pm Tariffs First, Farm Subsidies Later?
Team Trump toys with a version of Hillarynomics.
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May has tied us to Donald Trump. She must face the consequences | Polly Toynbee 15 Apr 2:45pm May has tied us to Donald Trump. She must face the consequences | Polly Toynbee
The missile attack on Syria was a pointless, dangerous gesture. If given the chance, MPs must vote to condemn it Mission accomplished!” The presidential tweet was beyond ominous, reprising as it did George W Bush’s ill-fated banner 15 years ago. As his Iraq war dragged on its bloody course, Bush later admitted it had “conveyed the wrong message”. Now Trump’s crass ignorance of history should serve as a warning he may be destined, or “locked and loaded”, to repeat it. Theresa May has tied this country to his fickle whims. Inside Donald Trump’s circus, war breaks out between James “Mad Dog” Mattis, the defence secretary who emerges as the sanest in that shape-shifting entourage, and Trump’s terrifying new national security adviser, John Bolton, who reportedly wanted to bomb the hell out of Iranian forces while they were at it on Friday night, urging the president to cancel the Iran nuclear deal. This is where May’s hand-holding has left us: hitched to these dangerous men. What a political risk she has taken, out there alone, against public opinion both before and after the bombing: an instant
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Donald Trump takes his eye off Syria – cartoon 15 Apr 1:04am Donald Trump takes his eye off Syria – cartoon
Chris Riddell on the US president’s real priorities
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Justice for Scooter Libby 14 Apr 9:42am Updated Justice for Scooter Libby
Trump pardons a man Bush left behind on the battlefield.
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Trump Is Right to Pardon Scooter Libby, an Innocent Man 13 Apr 7:04pm Trump Is Right to Pardon Scooter Libby, an Innocent Man
The target of an out-of-control special counsel, he was convicted on the basis of now-discredited facts.
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There’s no good option in Syria. But there’s a way to make Assad pay | Jonathan Freedland 13 Apr 12:35pm There’s no good option in Syria. But there’s a way to make Assad pay | Jonathan Freedland
All-out bombardment is not a solution to the crisis. But nor can we watch the brutal dictator slaughter his own peopleWe are caught between a rock, in the form of the recklessness of Donald Trump, and a hard place, shaped by the cruelty of Bashar al-Assad. This is the choice that now confronts citizens and their representatives in Britain, France and the US. The reasons to resist signing up for any project led by Trump should be obvious, with the
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Look at Syria, and you can see all the elements that have led to world wars | Simon Jenkins 12 Apr 2:09pm Look at Syria, and you can see all the elements that have led to world wars | Simon Jenkins
It’s hard to believe the west’s leaders are letting this escalate. Have we learned nothing from history?What on earth are we doing? I have not heard a single expert on Syria explain how dropping missiles on that country will advance the cause of peace or lead its dictator, Bashar al-Assad, to back down. It will merely destroy buildings and probably kill people. It is pure populism, reflected in the hot-and-cold rhetoric of Trump’s increasingly whimsical tweets. Heaven forbid that British policy should now, as it appears, be hanging on their every word. We can accept that the chemical attack on a Damascus suburb was probably by war-hardened Syrian airmen, though rebellions do kill their own to win sympathy, as in Bosnia. But Britain too has killed civilians in this theatre. No, we don’t poison our own people, but we somehow claim the right to blow other country’s civilians to bits. Theresa May says that the chemical attack “cannot go unchallenged”, but that is a politician’s love of intransitive verbs. Who is to be the agency and under what authority? The time to punish the Syrian leadership is when the war is over. Outside intervention will make no difference to the conflict, except to postpone its end. That is doubly cruel.
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People want homes, jobs, a future: no wonder they distrust capitalism now | Larry Elliott 12 Apr 1:00am People want homes, jobs, a future: no wonder they distrust capitalism now | Larry Elliott
Post-cold war politics shifted to the right, and ordinary people suffered. Mainstream parties need to know what went wrongIt’s just like old times. Donald Trump has picked a 
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The Zuckerberg Collusion 11 Apr 7:27pm The Zuckerberg Collusion
Was it Facebook’s job to tell voters Russian bots were working for Trump’s election?
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Trump’s ‘get ready’ threat to Moscow isn’t just careless, it’s dangerous | Peter Beaumont 11 Apr 10:15am Trump’s ‘get ready’ threat to Moscow isn’t just careless, it’s dangerous | Peter Beaumont
The latest knee-jerk tweet from the White House is a palpable escalation of the war in Syria Modern announcements of the threat or commencement of hostilities tend to follow a familiar pattern of hypocrisy. Often following ultimatums, they are measured and regretful for the simple reason that even the most gung-ho leaders are painfully aware that conflict brings consequences that are hard to control, and that exultation and bitterness are two sides of the same coin, separated only by the experience of violence. At the outbreak of the first world war, Kaiser Wilhelm II attached himself to these ritual formalities, declaring: “With heavy heart I have been compelled to mobilise my army against a neighbour at whose side it has fought on many a battlefield. With genuine sorrow do I witness the end of a friendship, which Germany loyally cherished. We draw the sword with a clean conscience and clean hands.”
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Trump and China Share a Bad Idea on Trade 10 Apr 6:23pm Trump and China Share a Bad Idea on Trade
Imports are things we want, and we pay for them with exports. Isn’t getting more for less a good thing?
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The Guardian view on Syria: don’t blindly follow Donald Trump | Editorial 10 Apr 1:45pm The Guardian view on Syria: don’t blindly follow Donald Trump | Editorial
Syria’s civil war has seen seven years of numbing brutality. A single attack will not affect its outcomeGiven recent history, it would take an extraordinary event and set of circumstances to arise for military intervention by Britain in the Middle East to be considered an option. This country contributed to the wreckage of Libya and Iraq, which were mistakes entered into because our leaders entertained prophecies of exaggerated catastrophe. The argument over the risks of inaction being greater than the risks of action has surfaced again in Syria with a
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Bolton Faces a Dangerous World 9 Apr 7:11pm Bolton Faces a Dangerous World
He joins the chaotic Trump team amid the greatest uncertainty since Truman’s era.
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If Trump Meets Castro 8 Apr 6:15pm If Trump Meets Castro
At the Lima summit, the president can tell Raúl what the State Department won’t.
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Trump Defeats Assad . . . on Twitter 8 Apr 6:01pm Trump Defeats Assad . . . on Twitter
But social media won’t stop the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
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Don’t expect the west to act on Syria’s latest horror | Matthew d’Ancona 8 Apr 11:12am Don’t expect the west to act on Syria’s latest horror | Matthew d’Ancona
Donald Trump has condemned Putin and Iran ‘for backing Animal Assad’ – but that’s probably as far as it goesConscience has become the
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Can Christian democracy save America from Trump? | Carlo Invernizzi-Accetti and Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins 7 Apr 6:00am Can Christian democracy save America from Trump? | Carlo Invernizzi-Accetti and Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins
Religious conservatism doesn’t have to be populist. It has played an important role for democracy and dignity in Europe – and can do so in the US, too
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Punishing America First 6 Apr 6:34pm Punishing America First
Trump to Iowa: You’ll have to suffer while I force Xi Jinping to give in.
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Roseanne backs Trump. But don’t let that put you off her show | Emma Brockes 6 Apr 7:08am Roseanne backs Trump. But don’t let that put you off her show | Emma Brockes
After 20 years, the Conners are back – and still funny. This sitcom may provide that rare space where both sides can laughWatching the new season of the
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5 Apr 12:27pm Trump in West Virginia; U.S. Jobs Market Almost Heaven
The NFIB hiring survey for March finds booming employment at small firms.
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China Trade Brinkmanship 4 Apr 6:44pm China Trade Brinkmanship
Beijing’s retaliation for Trump’s tariffs hits Trump’s voters hard.
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The Wisconsin Canary 4 Apr 6:36pm The Wisconsin Canary
Even judicial candidates are running against Trump—and winning.
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WSJ Editorial Board on U.S.-China Trade Battle 4 Apr 6:11pm WSJ Editorial Board on U.S.-China Trade Battle
The Journal has been writing about Donald Trump’s trade policy since he made it an issue in the presidential campaign. Here are some leading examples.
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Trump, Amazon and the Post Office 2 Apr 6:35pm Trump, Amazon and the Post Office
The President is firing at the wrong target if he wants to save money.
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China’s response to Trump’s tariffs hit innocent bystanders.
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2 Apr 3:01pm Can The Boom Last in Trump Country?
The staff turns over, but the Trump presidential agenda remains remarkably faithful to the one he promised in 2016.
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Europe Will Now Decide if the Iran Deal Survives 1 Apr 1:57pm Europe Will Now Decide if the Iran Deal Survives
France, the U.K. and Germany can accept Trump’s conditions or kill the agreement.
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Seek UN support for more sanctions| Letters 31 Mar 7:05pm Seek UN support for more sanctions| Letters
The dismissal of HR McMaster, to be succeeded by John Bolton, marks a new low point in Trump’s foreign policyYou correctly warn that John Bolton, President Trump’s choice as national security adviser, is “a truly dangerous man” (
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Manhood in the Age of Trump 31 Mar 12:54pm Manhood in the Age of Trump
The author of ‘Manliness’ suggests the president’s vulgar appeal may be the beginning of the end of the push for gender-neutrality.
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A Trump Choice for Veterans 30 Mar 7:01pm A Trump Choice for Veterans
Shulkin favored the status quo of limited health-care options.
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Your Pickup Truck Takes You for a Ride 30 Mar 6:38pm Your Pickup Truck Takes You for a Ride
Trump’s ‘chicken tax’ extension makes suckers out of U.S. truck buyers.
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30 Mar 5:38pm Updated Hillary, Jeb and the Trump Kids
It may take a while to understand 2016.
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Trump Targets Amazon 30 Mar 4:34pm Updated Trump Targets Amazon
The President’s tweets make any regulatory action seem political.
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In for a Penny, in for Impound 29 Mar 7:00pm In for a Penny, in for Impound
How Trump and the congressional GOP can undo the worst of the omnibus.
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29 Mar 3:22pm Updated Trump, Bezos and the Amazon Subsidy
Instead of using government to target the online retailer, why not just stop helping it?
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So what was the point of Kim Jong-un’s mysterious trip to China? | Mary Dejevsky 28 Mar 10:58am So what was the point of Kim Jong-un’s mysterious trip to China? | Mary Dejevsky
Meeting Xi Jinping was more than a rehearsal for the Korean leader’s date with Donald Trump. It was a necessary staging postKim Jong-un’s
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10 Tips for Negotiating With Kim Jong Un 27 Mar 6:32pm 10 Tips for Negotiating With Kim Jong Un
Trump needs to do his homework before sitting down with North Korea. Here’s how to get started.
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