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Working in Washington this Week – so publication on hiatus

This will be my last working week in the White House before the election in Washington. We will take the pulse of this election from the nation’s Capitol and be back next Friday. Denis G.... Read More
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Labour proposals could allow Jeremy Corbyn to sack frontbenchers

Jeremy Corbyn would be free to sack members of an elected shadow cabinet and appoint allies to key positions under proposals to be presented to Labour’s national executive committee (NEC) in a crunch meeting on... Read More
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Reid accuses Trump of overstating wealth

Seeking to shake up a tight presidential race, Sen. Harry Reid declared Tuesday on the Senate floor that Donald Trump is a “swindler” who is “not as rich as he would have us believe” —... Read More
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‘Significant’ risk to UK firms if passporting rights lost after Brexit

A fresh warning about the impact Brexit would have on the City has been issued after a powerful committee of MPs published data showing that almost 5,500 UK firms rely on corporate “passports” to conduct... Read More
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My Coffee with a Trump Supporter

by Robert Reich I finally found a Trump supporter – this morning when I went to buy coffee. (I noticed a Trump bumper sticker on his car.) “Hi,” I said. “Noticed your Trump bumper sticker.”... Read More
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Threat to honeybees as Asian hornet’s arrival in UK confirmed

The hornets eat honeybees and have become widespread in central and southern France, prompting warnings in recent years that they could arrive in the UK via potted plants from France.   While not considered a... Read More

Donald Trump’s interview with Bill O’Reilly was an instant classic

#Donald Trump gave an interview to Fox News Channel’s #Bill #O‘Reilly on Monday. He talked about the ISIS threat, the recent terror attacks  and his view of the first presidential debate set for next Monday... Read More
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Hillary Clinton Regains Momentum Against Donald Trump

Back on the campaign trail after being diagnosed with pneumonia and a subsequent break from campaigning, Hillary Clinton plugged her leaking lead against Donald Trump, according to this week’s NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll.... Read More

The GOP has become a pity party for white males

A cottage industry of apologists for Donald Trump and his supporters has sprung up to excuse, justify, infantilize and pity his core group of white, non-college-educated males who lash out at immigrants and globalism more... Read More

Tim Farron’s leadership ‘flatlining’ among voters, poll reveals

The dismal verdict on the day of his big speech to party conference suggests it could take years to recover from the damage inflicted to its popularity during five years of Coalition with the Conservatives.... Read More

Videos show Oklahoma police shooting and killing unarmed black man Terence Crutcher

Yet, in audio accompanying the police helicopter footage, a police officer can be heard saying about Crutcher, “He’s got his hands up there for her now” and “This guy is still walking and following commands.”  ... Read More
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Theresa May dismisses threat of Brexit deal veto

The prime minister said other nations would accept an agreement with Britain after the Slovakian prime minister said that four central European countries were willing to block talks unless their citizens retained their rights to... Read More
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Loss of Planet Reflectivity an Impending Catastrophe

by Robert Hunziker The planet’s air conditioning system is on the blink, working intermittently, losing its glinting, lustrous white reflectiveness, as it turns deep blue, absorbing 90% of sunlight rather than reflecting it back into... Read More
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Sports Direct bows to pressure and agrees to independent review

Mike Ashley, the company’s founder and majority owner, admitted in a rare TV interview that he had taken his eye off the ball but claimed the problems at the company’s warehouse were caused by “the... Read More
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‘Dehumanizing’: Chris Cuomo Confronts Sean Duffy Over Trump Jr.’s Skittles Tweet

CNN host Chris Cuomo accused Donald Trump Jr. of “dehumanizing” Syrian refugees after the Republican nominee’s son compared them to a bowl of poisoned Skittles candy.   A meme posted to Twitter by Trump Jr.... Read More

Trump used $258,000 from his charity to settle legal problems

Those cases, which together used $258,000 from Trump’s charity, were among four newly documented expenditures in which Trump may have violated laws against “self-dealing” — which prohibit nonprofit leaders from using charity money to benefit... Read More

Trump In 2011: I’ll Release My Tax Returns When Obama Releases His Birth Certificate

“I think I may tie mine into his birth certificate,” Trump continued. “But I’ve built a great company. It’s a strong company. It’s an under-levered company. I’ve got a lot of cash and a tremendous... Read More
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Leadership contest cost Labour Sheffield byelection, says Tim Farron

In a dig at the Labour compliance unit, which some party members claim has been unfairly denying leadership ballots to potential voters, Farron said the Lib Dems would not target anyone “for thinking the wrong... Read More
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Trump lays the groundwork to back out of the debates: “I don’t think Anderson Cooper should be a moderator” – Salon.com

  In the Washington Post interview published Thursday evening that caused all the stir about #Donald Trump’s continued birtherism, the GOP nominee also announced that he no longer supports at least one of the already agreed... Read More
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EU states set to veto any Brexit deal threatening free movement

In a stark reminder of the challenge Britain faces at the negotiating table, Robert Fico said Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and #Slovakia – known as the Visegrad, or V4, group – would not hesitate... Read More
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Trump’s Yuge Bamboozle

by Robert Reich Donald Trump poses as a working-class populist, but about his new economic plan would be a gusher for the wealthy. And almost nothing will trickle down to anyone else. He’d knock down... Read More
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Bake Off shows how TV’s indies have learned the art of the deal

After all, it’s not every day that the UK’s favourite TV show switches channels. GBBO’s maker, Love Productions, has been pilloried in parts of the press, especially since it did the #Channel 4 deal without... Read More

In a tense election year, Laura Bush picks an interesting ally: Michelle Obama

But who was #Laura Bush hanging out with in Washington this week? Some establishment Republicans on Capitol Hill in need of a reelection boost? Or the fundraisers trying to bolster the party’s control of Congress?... Read More
‘A two-bit racial arsonist’: Watch the entire Congressional Black Caucus nuke Trump’s birther remarks

‘A two-bit racial arsonist’: Watch the entire Congressional Black Caucus nuke Trump’s birther remarks

https://youtu.be/EOJS6VtSCTs In fact, while acknowledging the fact that Obama was really born in the United States, Trump told a new lie by claiming that it was Hillary Clinton who first raised the issue of Obama’s... Read More
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Trump: Never wrong, never sorry, never responsible

It is the essence of his leadership style, the defiance that exasperates his foes and makes his supporters love him all the more. The one thing that is consistent about him is inconsistency.   Not... Read More
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Penalty points and fines to double for drivers using mobile phones

Motorists caught using their mobile phones while driving will automatically receive six points on their licence instead of the current three and on-the-spot fines will be doubled from £100 to £200, the government has announced.... Read More

Third-party candidates miss cut for first debate

Both have railed against the commission’s criteria, saying that it unfairly limited voters’ options in an election cycle where the two major-party nominees are both historically disliked.   In an interview with The Des Moines Register earlier... Read More
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MPs demand hard line against clinicians who do not report FGM

The government should impose harsher punishment on professionals who decide not to report female genital mutilation in children, saying they are “complicit in a #crime being committed”, according to a group of MPs.   The... Read More
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SRSLY: This Should Superbug You

Your three-minute read on the best reporting you probably missed. by David Epstein ProPublica You have the flu. You also have an important deadline coming up, and the slave-driving editor at the non-profit investigative newsroom... Read More
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Courts to undergo £1bn digital reform after successful pilots

Vulnerable victims and witnesses will no longer have to appear in court to give evidence and fare dodgers will be able to plead guilty and pay fines online under new reforms.   The radical changes... Read More