Vote Leave faces scrutiny over £50m football contest

A data-harvesting competition that offered football fans the chance to win £50m is at the centre of new questions about pro-Brexit campaigning before the 2016 EU referendum. Last week the select committee for digital, culture,... Read More

Houston Police Chief Says He Has ‘Hit Rock Bottom’ on Gun Rights Arguments

Just hours after 10 people were killed in a school shooting in Santa Fe, Tex., the police chief in nearby Houston issued a defiant condemnation of elected officials who have failed to act on gun... Read More

Melania Trump Returns to White House in ‘High Spirits’ After Kidney Procedure

WASHINGTON — The White House said Saturday morning that the first lady, Melania Trump, had returned home after spending almost five days at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center recovering from a procedure for a... Read More

Meghan Markle’s Givenchy wedding gown was beautiful. But the woman wearing it was unforgettable.

The dress isn’t everything, but it is a lot. And the #Givenchy haute couture gown chosen by Meghan Markle for her marriage to Prince Harry told a story about contemporary romance, geopolitical history and the... Read More

New Reality for High School Students: Calculating the Risk of Getting Shot – The New York Times

Just hours after a gunman killed 10 people at a Texas high school, two students 1,000 miles away worried about the safety of their usual seats in the school cafeteria. Calysta Wilson and Courtney Fletcher,... Read More

As polls narrow before the abortion vote, is rural Ireland setting up a Brexit moment?

The polls have narrowed so much that a result once nearly taken for granted now hangs in the balance; the media are under fierce attack for bias; and questions are swirling about foreign influence and... Read More

Obama should lift the Dems, now

by Brent Budowsky Warning to Democrats: recent weeks of polling show a narrowing Democratic lead in the midterm elections. Talk of a blue wave, which was justified by polling data until recently, should now give... Read More

Rev. Michael Curry surprises with sermon touching on civil rights at royal wedding

WINDSOR, England — British royal weddings aren’t known for their soaring reflections on redemption, justice and civil rights. But that’s what millions around the world got Saturday when the Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry quoted... Read More

New UK law to rein in social media firms is ‘couple of years’ away, says minister | Media | The Guardian

The high-profile launch of a campaign to clamp down on social #media firms has backfired as the culture secretary, Matt Hancock, admitted it was likely to be two years before there is any new law.... Read More

Paul Waldman: Why Democrats can’t win the ‘respect’ of Trump voters

In the endless search for the magic key that Democrats can use to unlock the hearts of white people who vote Republican, the hot new candidate is “respect.” If only they cast off their snooty... Read More

Google Removes ‘Don’t Be Evil’ Clause From Its Code of Conduct

#Google’s unofficial motto has long been the simple phrase “don’t be evil.” But that’s over, according to the code of conduct that Google distributes to its employees. The phrase was removed sometime in late April... Read More

Ep. 160: The World Turned Upside Down

http://www.ukprogressive.co.uk//wp-content/uploads/2018/05/TTM-EP-160-Full-Audio.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf your eyes feel dry, it’s because you haven’t blinked for a year… There’s The Donald. Bobby Three Sticks. Flynn. Manafort. Coffee Boy... Read More

Houston lawmaker: ‘Y’all been sending thoughts and prayers for two freaking decades’ – Houston Chronicle

A state representative from Houston is asking for more than just sympathy following the mass shooting in Sante Fe, Texas on Friday. “Y’all been sending thoughts and prayers for two freaking decades now,” tweeted Rep.... Read More

Sen. Heller to Trump: Don’t shut down the government before midterms

Senate Republicans didn’t put too many questions to President Donald Trump when he joined them for lunch on Tuesday, but the party’s most vulnerable incumbent did make one big ask: Please, Nevada Sen. Dean Heller... Read More

Mysterious rise in banned ozone-destroying chemical shocks scientists

A sharp and mysterious rise in emissions of a key ozone-destroying chemical has been detected by scientists, despite its production being banned around the world. Unless the culprit is found and stopped, the recovery of... Read More

Report on Spanish River Middle School (Treasure Coast, Florida)

by Rick Spisak It was sadly another day, with news of another school shooting ten dead, ten wounded, I was mindful of this as I entered the eight foot tall fenced-in security zone that is... Read More

7 big things we just learned from the Trump Tower meeting testimony

The Senate Judiciary Committee released 2,500 pages of congressional testimony on Wednesday. The trove of information provides a new window into that ill-fated June 2016 #Trump Tower meeting before which Donald Trump Jr. was promised... Read More

Windrush cases just ‘tip of iceberg’ of immigration failings, report warns

Home Office mistreatment of immigrants goes far beyond the Windrush generation and affects thousands of #refugees and asylum seekers, according to new research which concludes that the “dehumanising” approach is systemic. The report, published by... Read More

The Daily 202: Immigration is tearing Republicans apart

THE BIG IDEA: Look at how Kevin McCarthy spent his Wednesday to understand how the immigration debate could rip apart the Republican coalition. — The House majority leader began the day by pleading with Republican lawmakers... Read More

Poll: Just 13 percent of Americans consider Trump honest and trustworthy

Only thirteen percent of Americans said they would consider President Trump to be honest and trustworthy, according to a new Survey Monkey tracking poll. Trump’s honesty and trustworthiness score is down 3 points from when Survey Monkey started... Read More

Donald Trump Hasn’t Prepared Much for North Korea Summit

With just one month until a scheduled sit-down with #North Korea’s leader, President Donald Trump hasn’t set aside much time to prepare for meeting with Kim Jong Un, a stark contrast to the approach of... Read More

Missing Files Motivated the Leak of Michael Cohen’s Financial Records

Last week, several news outlets obtained financial records showing that Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal attorney, had used a shell company to receive payments from various firms with business before the Trump Administration. In the... Read More

Theresa May denies customs union climbdown

Theresa May has denied climbing down over membership of the customs union after Britain leaves the EU. The prime minister spoke after the Telegraph reported that she was preparing for Britain to remain in the... Read More

At St. Luke’s in Houston, Patients Suffer as a Renowned Heart Transplant Program Loses Its Luster

The hospital and its legendary surgeon Denton Cooley performed some of the world’s first heart transplants back in the 1960s. In recent years, though, it has had some of the worst heart transplant outcomes in... Read More

Trump Calls Some Unauthorized Immigrants ‘Animals’ in Rant

WASHINGTON — President Trump lashed out at undocumented immigrants during a White House meeting on Wednesday, warning in front of news cameras that dangerous people were clamoring to breach the country’s borders and branding such... Read More

Nobody’s fault but the law: Tini Owens boosts case to legalise no-fault divorce | Life and style | The Guardian

The strange case of Tini Owens, who cannot escape her loveless #marriage, comes before the UK’s highest court on Thursday as pressure grows to legalise no-fault #divorce. Owens, 67, who lives in Worcestershire, has applied... Read More

Pennsylvania Republicans hit panic over Senate nominee Lou Barletta

Senior Republicans are sounding the alarm about Rep. Lou Barletta’s, R-Pa., struggling Senate campaign in Pennsylvania, fretting that his lackadaisical, disorganized effort will hand a third term to incumbent Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa. President Trump... Read More

Meghan Markle’s dad won’t walk her down the aisle: When royal wedding traditions fall

Britain, 1947. The Second World War had ended but the nation’s struggle was far from over. Rationing was still in place for myriad food items. In the streets, people queued for jobs, for handouts and... Read More

Mueller doesn’t plan to indict Trump because of DOJ rules, Giuliani says

WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office has told President Donald Trump’s legal team that he won’t indict a sitting president, according to Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump’s lawyers. “They [the special counsel’s office] acknowledge... Read More

Top GOP donors close wallets over tax law

As national Republicans scramble their resources for a high-stakes midterm election year, some of the party’s biggest and most reliable donors have quietly withheld their support for Senate and House Republican groups out of frustration... Read More