The Guardian view on the byelection results: a test for Mr Corbyn | Editorial

What happens when you know all about an impending catastrophe but somehow cannot take it seriously? Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn is in danger of finding out. It cannot be much cheer that the opposition won just one out of two seats it has held for more than half a century. Last night’s capture of Copeland for the Conservatives is a big ...

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Trump Bombs Away on the Press in Deranged CPAC Address

Borrowing a page from Steve Bannon’s playbook, President Trump dug in even deeper in his trench war with the press during a much-anticipated speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday.  “You know the dishonest media [will] say, ‘He didn’t get a standing ovation.’ You know why? No — you know why? Because everybody stood and nobody sat. ...

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Paul Nuttall says he’s not going anywhere. For once he’s right | Marina Hyde

What an interesting adventure Paul Nuttall has had in Stoke. But like Mr Benn, Mr Nuttall must now return his tweed Nigel Farage suit to the proprietor of the fancy dress shop. If that costumier is erstwhile Ukip money-man Arron Banks, my feeling is that Paul will not be allowed to borrow the suit again. You’ve soiled the suit, Paul. ...

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Crowd erupts in anger when GOP senator shows up late to town hall then tries to stall with group prayer

Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy at a rowdy town hall in Metairie, LA (Screen capture) Republican Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy faced an angry crowd at a town hall meeting in Metairie on Wednesday when he showed up late and then tried to have the crowd participate in a group prayer. “Pray on your own time!” shouted one angry constituent, according to ...

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Tory MP in 90-minute attempt to talk out domestic violence bill

A Conservative MP with a reputation for targeting bills protecting women’s rights has broken his own record by talking for more than 90 minutes in an attempt to derail a measure demanding the government ratify a treaty on domestic violence. Philip Davies, who represents Shipley in West Yorkshire, talked without a break for an hour and 31 minutes as he ...

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Warring in the Oncology Ward

The nurse from Kerala, with a smile nearing smugness, tests the temperature of her patient. “Give me that!” she says. The plastic wonder is passed along to her. Her fat fingers grab the thermometer. The patient is there, wired, strapped, connected to a device that acts as a medical Global Positional System, tied into contraption that feeds him morsels through ...

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Paul Nuttall 'not going anywhere' as Farage questions Stoke strategy

Paul Nuttall dismissed the idea he might step down in the wake of a disappointing result in his first byelection as Ukip leader, as Nigel Farage and other senior figures questioned whether he was distinctive enough on immigration. Nuttall said he was “not going anywhere” after failing to unseat Labour in Stoke-on-Trent Central, where he finished just 79 votes ahead ...

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Kansas GOP Revolts, Nearly Overturns Gov. Sam Brownback's Billion-Dollar Failed Experiment

Photo Credit: Albert H. Teich / Shutterstock The wave of moderate Republicans who swept last year’s GOP primaries in Kansas should have been Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s first clue that a revolt was brewing in his own party. Fourteen conservative state legislators allied with the governor were ousted in favor of more moderate Republicans who were critical of America’s least popular governor and his failed trickle-down economics experiment ...

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Theresa May: Copeland victory shows Tories are governing for everyone

Theresa May has claimed the Conservative byelection victory in Copeland shows her party is governing for every part of the country, as she signalled an intention to challenge Labour in its northern heartlands. Visiting the Cumbrian constituency for a victory speech, she said it was an astounding result and a “wonderful victory for the Conservative party and also the people ...

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Mexico is unified against Trump — but divided on its own president

The relationship between Mexico and the United States continues to evolve with each aggressive move from the White House, from threats to renegotiate NAFTA to a new executive order aimed at deporting millions of Mexican migrants. With Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly visiting Mexico City this week, a showdown is almost inevitable. How ...

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The Guardian view on byelections: as much about Labour as Brexit | Editorial

Parliamentary byelections always tell an important story, but care is always needed in putting those stories into a national contest. Yesterday’s two byelections in formerly deep-dyed traditional Labour seats fit that mould. The big headline is Trudy Harrison’s capture of Copeland for the Conservatives. The Tories and their press supporters will understandably be cock-a-hoop. Labour dismay at the loss will ...

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Blair is right on Brexit: parliament must have a democratic debate | Anatole Kaletsky

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair’s recent call for voters to think again about leaving the EU, echoed in parliamentary debates ahead of the government’s official launch of the process in March, is an emperor’s new clothes moment. Although Blair is now an unpopular figure, his voice, like that of the child in Hans Christian Andersen’s story, is loud enough ...

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Did the Government Doctor Legal Documents in Order to Illegally Deport a Dreamer?

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer making an arrest.Photo Credit: Duffman/Wikimedia Commons As a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Daniel Ramirez-Medina’s status as a legal resident of the U.S. should have been fully ensured. Despite that protection, Ramirez-Medina was arrested by federal agents during a raid of his home near Seattle, Washington, on February 10. Immigration ...

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Corbyn vows to remain Labour leader – but says Brexit has changed UK

Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to remain Labour leader as he acknowledged that Brexit had changed the political landscape, after the party lost the once safe seat of Copeland to the Conservatives in a shock byelection defeat. Outlining his approach to Brexit on Friday morning in a planned speech at a conference in Westminster with European socialists, Corbyn said: “Britain’s political ...

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Odebrecht es la clave del complejo industrial-militar brasileño

La casi totalidad de los analistas y de la opinión pública consideran a Odebrecht como una gran empresa constructora. Sin embargo, bajo el gobierno de Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (2003-2010) se ha convertido en una pieza clave del complejo militar-industrial brasileño, lo que puede explicar que no siendo la única empresa que utiliza la corrupción para lubricar sus negocios, ...

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg feels ‘hope’ after seeing public uprising

A U.S. Supreme Court justice has mounted a defense of the free press and praised women who marched in protest at Donald Trump ’s presidency. Speaking to the BBC’s Newsnight program in remarks set to be broadcast Thursday night, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the 11 judges who sits on America’s highest … Continue reading

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EU referendum campaign spending investigation opens

The Electoral Commission has opened investigations into the spending of both official campaigns in the EU referendum and is looking into the returns of more than half a dozen other organisations. Announcing details on Friday of the outlay before the vote last June by the 17 registered campaigns, which spent £250,000 or more, the elections watchdog said £27m was spent ...

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EU politicians back Brussels' call for UK to pay €60bn exit bill before trade talks

Theresa May’s hopes of conducting free trade talks with the EU from day one of the Brexit negotiations appear to have been dashed by an increasing number of member states taking a hard line on the process. The British government believes there should be parallel talks on the terms of the UK’s withdrawal and the future trading relationship. The timeline ...

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WATCH: How Attorney General Sessions Could Deal the Legal Marijuana Industry a Death Blow

Photo Credit: The Leaf Online Mark Kleiman may not be marijuana legalizers’ favorite academic—he’s a bit too public health-oriented and willing to explore notions like licensing users—but he does know a thing or two about marijuana policy. He has some very interesting things to say about the near-term future of pot in the clip below. But before we get to ...

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Jeremy Corbyn, you broke it – now you must own it | Rafael Behr

Jeremy Corbyn is running out of excuses. Losing a seat that has been held by Labour in every election since 1935 certainly signifies a break from the old politics, but not the one that was advertised to Labour members. The explicit promise of Corbyn’s leadership campaigns was reconnection with the party’s founding spirit and values, leading to a recovery of ...

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Colbert hilariously mocks hyper-sexual Arizona candidate: ‘I miss the quiet dignity of Anthony Weiner’

Stephen Colbert spent Thursday’s “Late Show” mocking CPAC speakers Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus after their speech. “Contrary to what we know to be true, they get along just fine,” Colbert said about the two men. Priebus told the audience that he’s with Bannon … Continue reading

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Stoke and Copeland byelections: Corbyn allies blame disunity for Labour's historic defeat – Politics live

For the record, here are last night’s byelection results in full. Copeland – Conservative gain from Labour Trudy Harrison (C) 13,748 (44.25%, +8.46%) Gillian Troughton (Lab) 11,601 (37.34%, -4.92%) Rebecca Hanson (LD) 2,252 (7.25%, +3.80%) Fiona Mills (UKIP) 2,025 (6.52%, -9.00%) Michael Guest (Ind) 811 (2.61%) Jack Lenox (Green) 515 (1.66%, -1.32%) Roy Ivinson (Ind) 116 (0.37%) C maj 2,147 ...

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UK's £100m response to South Sudan famine comes from cash already allocated

The British government is facing questions after announcing it was responding to the declaration of famine in South Sudan by allocating £100m of new money that had, in reality, already been reserved for the stricken country. On Wednesday, the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) released a statement trumpeting what it described as “new humanitarian support” for South Sudan. Humanitarian ...

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Fidel Castro: Political Power and the New Culture of Communication

Among his many other achievements, Fidel’s accomplishments as the constructor of the new Cuban society include: overthrowing capitalism in favour of socialism and its related principles of equality and solidarity; defeating U.S. neo-colonialist domination to attain sovereignty, independence and dignity; upholding human rights in the areas of health, education, culture and sport; respecting racial equality, gender equality, food and housing ...

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Mexican National Commits Suicide Shortly After Deportation from U.S.

Photo Credit: Guadalupe Olivas Valencia/Facebook Guadalupe Olivas Valencia committed suicide shortly after being deported from the U.S. on Tuesday. The 45-year-old Mexican national had been deported twice before, but his final deportation came within hours of the Trump administration’s latest crackdown on undocumented immigrants. Olivas jumped off a bridge outside Tijuana’s El Chaparral border post. According to the BBC, Olivas “was ...

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MPs call on Theresa May to release 'kill list' for UK drone strikes

Lord Macdonald, the former director of public prosecutions, has co-signed a letter to Theresa May calling for greater transparency on the UK’s use of a “kill list” for drone strikes targeting British fighters in Syria and elsewhere. The letter calls for the release of a report by parliament’s intelligence and security committee (ISC) into the British drone strike that killed ...

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Michael Moore’s terrifying warning: ‘It will be as bad or worse’ than you think

In an interview with Don Lemon Thursday, filmmaker Michael Moore said that he wasn’t shocked by what President Donald Trump has done in the first month of his presidency. “When he says he believes he could shoot somebody in the head and get away with it, he’s proven he can do that … Continue reading

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Labour ousted by Tories in Copeland but sees off Ukip challenge in Stoke

Labour suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the the Conservative party in Copeland, a heartland seat dominated by the party since 1924, just half an hour after the party saw off Ukip leader Paul Nuttall in a bitter battle for Stoke Central. Jeremy Corbyn is under mounting pressure after Labour’s Gillian Troughton was defeated by the Conservatives’ Trudy ...

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Labour sees off Ukip threat to win Stoke-on-Trent Central byelection

Labour has seen off Ukip’s leader, Paul Nuttall, in the battle for Stoke-on-Trent Central, with a victory that will bring relief to party chiefs about the threat posed by the anti-EU party in the Brexit heartlands. Gareth Snell defeated Nuttall by 7,853 votes to 5,233, giving him a majority of 2,620. The Ukip leader, who is from Merseyside and admitted ...

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The Next DNC Chair Is Elected on Saturday: Here's How You Can Call in and Make Your Voice Heard

Photo Credit: https://keithfordnc.org The race for the next leader of the Democratic Party has come down to the wire, with 447 members of the Democratic National Committee voting this Saturday in Atlanta. The two top contenders are former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who has the backing of many in the party’s D.C.-based establishment, and Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, who has ...

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Tories overturn Labour majority to win Copeland byelection

Jeremy Corbyn is under mounting pressure after Labour suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the the Conservative party in Copeland, a heartland seat dominated by the party since 1924. Gillian Troughton, the Labour candidate, was defeated by the Conservatives’ Trudy Harrison, marking the first time a governing party has taken a seat from another party in a byelection ...

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Pipeline fights move from Dakota prairie to Louisiana bayous

Police detain Ricardo Salazar, 25, of San Bernardino, California, in the main opposition camp against the Dakota Access oil pipeline near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S., February 23, 2017. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester When Hope Rosinski’s father gave her a six-acre plot in Louisiana more than a decade ago, she was surprised to find oil and gas pipelines crisscrossing the property. Pipeline ...

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Conservatives to unveil plans for two-year fast track degrees

Fast-track degrees with higher annual fees are to be introduced in universities under plans announced by the government. The two-year degrees will cost the same as a three-year course, meaning annual fees for them will be higher. Ministers are expected to table a bill to lift the current £9,000-a-year cap on tuition costs so that universities can charge higher annual ...

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Desigualdades acentúan desafíos para enfrentar crisis alimentaria

La Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO) presentó 15 tendencias y 10 desafíos que sus países miembros deberán tener en cuenta hoy para enfrentar la crisis alimentaria mundial. Situaciones y retos en los que están presentes desigualdades sociales, crecientes presiones sobre los recursos naturales y los intensos efectos del cambio climático, como prolongadas sequías ...

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PPE: the Oxford degree with a lot to answer for | Letters

I began studying economics at night school in Leeds in the 1950s and continued, at various institutions, as an external student of London University. Our courses were broadly, but not uncritically, Keynesian. We abjured fancy equations and sprinkled our essays with phrases like “a tendency to” and “pressure towards” this or that as a consequence of some other event. As a ...

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Brain Tumor Patient Removed From Hospital, Detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Photo Credit: mikeledray / Shutterstock.com Less than a week after reports surfaced that an undocumented immigrant in El Paso, Texas, was detained after claiming to be a victim of domestic abuse and receiving a protective order, yet another undocumented immigrant has been rounded up while at her most vulnerable. An undocumented Salvadoran immigrant known only as Sara was involuntarily taken to Prairieland Detention Center despite ...

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Will drones pull rain from desert clouds?

A test flight of a drone brings an unmanned cloud seeding tool one step closer. DRI and Drone America Drone America’s Savant Drone In Flight This electrically powered fixed-wing drone is specially modified to launch silver iodide flares for cloud seeding. Dr. Adam Watts of the Desert Research … Continue reading

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Labour scents hope of Brexit guarantee for EU citizens in UK

Labour is increasingly optimistic it can force concessions from the government over the status of EU nationals in post-Brexit Britain, after securing cross-party backing for an amendment to the article 50 bill. Angela Smith, Labour’s leader in the Lords, said: “My sense is there’s real momentum behind this one, and my sense talking to peers across the house and listening ...

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Stoke and Copeland byelections: Voting almost over as Labour hope to hold seats – Politics live

9.32pm GMT21:32 There are few less glamorous places to spend the night than in a draughty sports complex, but if you want to witness the moment when power shifts in our democracy you need to come to an election count, and they are almost always on a Thursday night, in a council leisure centre. Officials need a large space to ...

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White Kansas Man Spewing Racial Slurs Shoots Indians He Thought Were 'Middle Eastern'

Photo Credit: GoFundMe / LinkedIn / AlterNet A white Kansas man suspected of shooting two Indian men in an apparent hate crime said he had thought they were from the Middle East. Adam Purinton allegedly opened fire on three people at a bar in Olathe, Kansas on Wednesday. One man was killed, while the other two were seriously injured. Witnesses ...

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Stop being sentimental about child refugees, says Tory MP

Critics of the government’s decision to close the door on refugee children from Calais have been urged to “stop being sentimental” by a Tory backbencher. Pauline Latham, the Conservative MP for mid-Derbyshire, said other governments across Europe should be looking after the children in their jurisdictions, not Britain. “They are not Nazi Germany,” she said in reference to the conditions ...

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Nosotros y lo que está en juego con Trump

El asedio mediático al que está sometido Donald Trump, tiene muchos puntos en común con los métodos que se utilizaron en la “guerra contra el terror” de Bush Junior. El uso sistemático de la mentira por parte de la CIA, la NSA y el FBI, transformó a esta agencias en una verdadera policía secreta. La presidencia de Trump se ve ...

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‘Your life is ruined’: Gullible Trump supporters go nuts over fake audio of ‘Jake Tapper’s racist rant’

CNN’s Jake Tapper hit back on Thursday against Twitter trolls who claimed to have unearthed audio of him engaged in a five-minute racist rant. The satirical news site OMFG News published the tape on Thursday claiming it was part of James O’Keefe’s exposé of CNN. BREAKING: Disturbin… Continue reading

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Don’t abolish the Lords. History shows it really can be reformed | Meg Russell

The House of Lords has been in the line of fire this week. During its debate on article 50 there were claims that peers had no right to thwart the will of the House of Commons or the referendum result. As if to emphasise the point, prime minister Theresa May sat in the chamber as the bill was discussed. And ...

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The Guardian view on the Met police: changing, but too slowly | Editorial

Many of the challenges confronting a 21st-century police officer were unimagined when Cressida Dick, newly appointed commissioner to London’s Metropolitan police service, started out as a beat constable in 1983. The existence of a globally connected digital realm accessible by mobile device – never mind that network’s subversion for wrongdoing – was the stuff of science fiction. Cybercrime wasn’t even ...

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Will Trump and Bannon Drag Us Into Another Big Ground War? It Could Happen Sooner Than We Think

Photo Credit: Screenshot / lci.fr On Wednesday NBC News released a poll reporting that 66 percent of Americans are worried that the United States will become involved in another war. One might think that’s  surprising since President Donald Trump has been famously portrayed as an old-school isolationist, an image mostly based upon his lies about not supporting the Iraq War and his ...

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Labour needs a ‘proper’ immigration policy. Here’s what it should look like | Chi Onwurah

Brexit means Brexit. But does “controlled immigration” mean “free movement of labour”? David Davis’s remarks this week suggesting that migrants will be needed in the UK workforce for years to come shows that the Tories are not entirely united on what a Conservative immigration policy should like. The prime minister may have moved her party firmly into Ukip territory but ...

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Muslim ex-National Security official explains why she barely lasted a week in ‘disturbing’ Trump admin

A Muslim woman who was hired to work on the National Security Council under former President Barack Obama decided to stay on in her role for the incoming Trump administration to hopefully give them a more enlightened view of her religion — but she quickly found out that it was a lost cause. Wr… Continue reading

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What’s the point of building a million new homes if they’re not fit to live in? | John Harris

They might be the most ubiquitous feature of the modern English landscape, and yet they barely attract any comment: those sprawling newbuild housing developments that seem to surround almost every town and city, offering a promise of comfort and security and a vital foot on the property ladder. More often than not, their avenues and culs-de-sac will have faux-bucolic names ...

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