The Observer view on triggering article 50 | Observer editorial

Like sheep, the British people, regardless of whether they support Brexit, are being herded off a cliff, duped and misled by the most irresponsible, least trustworthy government in living memory. The moment when article 50 is triggered, signalling Britain’s irreversible decision to quit the EU, approaches inexorably. This week, on Black Wednesday, the UK will throw into jeopardy the achievements ...

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'SNL' Predicted This: Eric Trump Inadvertently Spills the Beans on His Unethical Relationship with His Father

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com / Joseph Sohm Eric Trump just made a blunder predicted by “Saturday Night Live” earlier this month. In a March 4 skit, “Saturday Night Live” comedian Alex Moffatt depicted President Donald Trump’s third child as a simpleton who can’t help but clumsily disclose how ethically inappropriate his family’s business ties are now that his father occupies the White ...

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Floreat Etona still for Dave and Boris | Barbara Ellen

During these difficult times, the main thing that has been upsetting me is the thought of David Cameron and Boris Johnson no longer being firm chums. Even before Brexit, things were a little shaky between them. (By “shaky”, I mean that Cameron would often lapse into daydreams about shaking Boris warmly by the throat.) But post-Brexit, the former prime minister ...

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CNN analyst: Sources say Mike Flynn has turned on Trump and become a witness for the FBI

As of Saturday evening, rumors are swirling that Pres. Donald Trump’s ousted national security adviser Adm. Mike Flynn has cut a deal with the FBI and is now informing on his old boss, the president. CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem discussed the possibility in a panel discussion … Continue reading

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Expelled Labour members still welcome in Momentum, secret tape reveals – audio

Labour party activist and founder of Momentum, Jon Lansman, tells a meeting in Richmond that former members of the Labour party will still be welcome in the grassroots organisation. In the secret recording first reported by The Observer last week, Lansman tells an activist, in response to his query about how much of a role expelled Labour members can play ...

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The Day Earth Was Murdered

“Change you can believe in” disappeared in the early days of the Obama regime as the same Washington insiders filled the new government’s ranks. David Brooks sung the praises of those who made change impossible: “the best of the Washington insiders, Achievetrons who got double 800s on their SATs.”   Eight years later Donald Trump was specific about the changes ...

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Watch: Joy Reid Whacks GOP Pundit for Pushing Idiot Trump Line that Dems Should Have Supported Pathetic Health Bill

Photo Credit: Screen Capture MSNBC’s Joy Reid went off on Republican strategist John Feehery for trying to claim that everything is the “end of the world” unless a GOP bill is passed and that Democrats are to blame. “The Republican Party learned nothing from the election of Donald Trump, including Donald Trump,” Reid said. She explained that Trump won in ...

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We used to feel shielded at the Palace of Westminster. Suddenly all that changed

Those of us who work in the Palace of Westminster as journalists enjoy extraordinary privilege. We live, socialise and work with the politicians who run the country. We see them daily, in their different guises, not just from high above in the press gallery of the Commons chamber, but all the time in person, as colleagues or friends. We wander ...

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Tens of thousands march through London in Brexit protest – video

Tens of thousands of people take to the streets in London on Saturday to protest against Brexit, just days before prime minister Theresa May is due to trigger Article 50, the formal exit papers for the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. The march began on Park Lane and made its way through central London, ending in Parliament Square Source ...

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‘Job done’: Douglas Carswell explains reasons for leaving Ukip – video

Douglas Carswell, Ukip’s only member of parliament, explains why he has chosen to quit the party and become an independent MP, saying that with Britain’s upcoming withdrawal from the EU Ukip has “achieved what we set out to achieve”. Carswell says the party has “won” and should “celebrate victory with honour” Source link

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Taunting Trump: How the Campaign to 'Not Normalize' Donald Is Driving Him Crazy

Photo Credit: Shannon West / Shutterstock.com “Resistance” comes in many forms. In discussions about how to deal with the fear and alarm ignited by Donald Trump, no word has been used more frequently than “normalize.” Democrats and progressives engage in almost daily protest rallies to defy Trump’s agenda. But perhaps the most successful component of the anti-Trump movement has been ...

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Brexit talks will fail without compromise: José Manuel Barroso

Brexit negotiations are on course to fail unless both Britain and the European Union ditch their winner-takes-all approach to the coming talks, the former president of the European commission José Manuel Barroso has said. With just days to go before Theresa May formally notifies Brussels of the UK’s intention to leave the EU, Jean-Claude Juncker’s predecessor said the two sides ...

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WATCH: David Corn eviscerates ‘dimwit’ Devin Nunes for his ‘bizarre’ handling of Trump investigation

A Saturday morning AM Joy panel on House Intelligence Committee head Devin Nunes (R-CA) turned into a group attack on the lawmaker’s credibility as well as his mental capacity to investigate the Trump White House after his disastrous week. Speaking with MSNBChost Joy Reid, Mother Jones editor … Continue reading

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The lies of the right that debase civilised society | Nick Cohen

After every attack, there is a pause while ideologues sniff the wind. If it is an Islamist easterly, the worst elements of the right know what to do. They score points with corpses, make weapons from wounds and say violence was a logical consequence of immigration and multiculturalism, policies they already opposed, and, for this is often overlooked, would have ...

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Hybrid War: Wreaking Havoc Across West Africa

The first of the four main countries to be explored in the West Africa Hybrid War analysis is Chad, the sparsely populated state located at the trilateral crossroads between West-North-Central Africa. A cursory glance at the map reveals the geostrategic significance of this country, but it also misleadingly presents it as a desert-strewn state in the middle of nowhere. While ...

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Nick Clegg tells EU march there is a 'perpetual sense of anger' over Brexit

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of central London on Saturday to protest against Britain’s departure from the European Union, just days before Theresa May begins the process by triggering article 50. Nick Clegg told the crowd in Parliament Square that “sadness” about the outcome of last June’s referendum had given way to “a perpetual sense of ...

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Watch: Trump Acts More Like a Russian than an American, Says Yale Historian on Maher Show

Photo Credit: Screen Capture Yale History Professor Timothy Snyder’s latest book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century outlines some of the things that fall under dictators as they rise to power. In a conversation Friday with Bill Maher, the host asked Snyder if this was his “busy season” given President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. Maher asked Snyder to give ...

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Nothing is normal about the week in which I saw someone die

Monday The deaths of Martin McGuinness and Chuck Berry have left me with troubling questions of legacy. While there is no doubt of the deputy first minister of Northern Ireland’s importance in the peace process, when it came to the truth and reconciliation process, he seemed keener on reconciliation than truth . He consistently refused to admit to any part ...

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Sears among companies that likely won’t see 2019

This article originally appeared on the Motley Fool. The stock market has absolutely been on fire over the trailing 12 months. The broad-based S&P 500 has increased by a whopping 17 percent over that time span, which is more than double the historical average increase in stocks, including divid… Continue reading

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Sayeeda Warsi: ‘Where are my grandkids going to call home? What world will they grow up in?’

‘You can’t call me that!” Sayeeda Warsi splutters, and I can’t help but smile. After all, this is the 45-year-old Yorkshirewoman and Britain’s first Muslim woman cabinet member, who prides herself on plain speaking. So far in our interview she has admitted to having “humdingers of rows” while in government, and blasted “lazy policymaking” on counter-terrorism. But she is still ...

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Jeremy Corbyn says UK should not be afraid of debt to fund investment

Britain should not be afraid of debt or borrowing money to fund investment, Jeremy Corbyn has said. The Labour leader responded to Theresa May’s jibes that he wants to “bankrupt Britain” by insisting that taking on debt can save money in the long run if it is used to invest. Corbyn said a Labour government would provide a “new economic ...

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What U.S. Poultry Producers Do Not Want You to Know About Bird Flu

Photo Credit: Enrico Jose Once again, bird flu is back in the U.S. From 2014 through mid-2015, 48 million chickens and turkeys were killed in the U.S. to prevent the disease’s spread and protect famer’s profits. Factory farmers routinely fight to keep images of how poultry are raised out of public view, so consumers do not lose their appetites and ...

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London attack fuels calls for tighter Westminster security

Demands are growing for security around the houses of parliament to be enhanced as police seek to establish whether the terrorist who attacked Westminster had scouted the area for weak points. Video footage has emerged showing an entrance to the estate was left open in the immediate aftermath of Wednesday’s attack, in which five people including the attacker were killed ...

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Turkey is in A Dead End in Syria: The U.S. Move On Tabqa Will Complicate The Political Situation in Syria

Turkey is at a dead end in Syria. Erdogan‘s dream of going on to Raqqa and Deir Ezzor or even Aleppo city has been blocked by an agreement between the U.S. and Russia. His proxy forces are stuck north-east of Aleppo city and have no way to go further south, east or west. They conquered a piece of rural land ...

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‘You don’t know anything’: Chris Hayes smacks down conservative’s ignorance on Muslims in heated Maher panel

During the “Overtime” segment of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, battle-lines were quickly drawn as MSNBC host Chris Hayes argued with host Maher and a conservative panelist over Muslim majority countries. During a very heated discussion over the terrorist attack in London on Wedn… Continue reading

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Ukip's only MP Douglas Carswell quits party

Ukip’s only member of parliament, Douglas Carswell, has quit the party, announcing on his website that he will become an independent MP. Carswell, who defected from the Conservative party to Ukip in August 2014, said he was leaving the party “amicably, cheerfully and in the knowledge that we won”. The MP said he would not be standing down before the ...

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Brexit protest: thousands march in London to 'unite for Europe' – live

Welcome to our live coverage of the Unite for Europe march in central London today. The protest is being held just days before the prime minister is expected to trigger Article 50, which will formally notify Brussels of the UK’s intention to leave the European Union. It is also the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, ...

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5 Ways Trump Is Mentally Torturing Us Now

“I had more people crying in my office the day after the election than honestly I’ve had since the day after 9/11,” Dan Hartman, a Philadelphia-based psychiatrist, told Philly.com about his patients’ reactions to Donald Trump becoming president. Four months in, the wounds are still fresh, and the Trump administration, with its trampling of rights, unending legislative chaos and wholesale ...

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'We don’t really hate each other any more': people of Derry on life after McGuinness

There were no paramilitary trappings, no berets on the coffin, no police officers managing the crowds. The only helicopter overhead was the private one ferrying Bill Clinton to and from Martin McGuinness’s funeral. For a brief moment in time, Ireland was united in respect for a man one side hailed as a hero and freedom-fighter and the other denounced as ...

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Robots could take over 38 percent of US jobs within about 15 years, report says

More than a third of U.S. jobs could be at “high risk” of automation by the early 2030s, a percentage that’s greater than in Britain, Germany and Japan, according to a report released Friday. The analysis, by accounting and consulting firm PwC, emphasized that its estimates are bas… Continue reading

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Here are Nigel Farage’s British values: rubbishing London for money on Fox News | Marina Hyde

During their jolly to Washington for Trump’s inauguration, Nigel Farage and Brexit financier Arron Banks staged the most solemn of pilgrimages to Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath at the grave of a British soldier who perished in 1944. The fact that he succumbed to anaemia whilst working a desk job approximately 4,000 miles from Normandy – perhaps the ...

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Scottish government to fund three cycles of IVF

The Scottish government is to fund three cycles of NHS IVF treatment for eligible couples trying to start a family – more than the number available in some parts of England and Wales. Announcing the move, the public health minister, Aileen Campbell, defended the spending at a time of pressure on accident and emergency departments and waiting times. Campbell told ...

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Trump’s Ambassador to Israel is Truly Terrifying

In keeping with the logic of the Trump era, Senate Republicans (along with two Democrats) have hired an arsonist to prevent a fire. David Friedman, whom the Senate confirmed today as U.S. ambassador to Israel, spent most of his confirmation hearing either apologizing for or attempting to walk back everything he has ever said about Israel, Judaism, and the conflict with Palestinians. Friedman was ...

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The Global Right Wing Grows: Marine Le Pen Meets and Expresses Admiration for Putin

Photo Credit: Ernest Morales / Flickr The international web of far right politicians includes the likes of President Donald Trump in the United States, MEP Nigel Farage in the United Kingdom, President Vladimir Putin in Russia and an aspiring president — Marine Le Pen in France. As if to solidify her status as part of a global far right movement, Le Pen met ...

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With its attic full of national icons, England can’t move on. Scotland can | Ian Jack

I climb the retractable ladder and hoist myself through the trapdoor into the loft. My eyes need time to adjust to the gloom and I move carefully, picking things up and setting them down gently, so as not to raise too much dust. A trunk lies open. What’s this inside? An old video of The Dam Busters; I bought it ...

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Trump’s civil rights division will be headed by staffer who railed against civil rights for trans people

The Trump administration has quietly appointed a Heritage Foundation staffer who has railed against civil rights protections for transgender patients as director of the federal agency charged with protecting the civil rights of all patients. Though the administration did not issue a formal announcem… Continue reading

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Humpty-Dumpty hypocrisy in Holyrood | Letters

Ruth Davidson accuses Nicola Sturgeon of ignoring the will of the Scottish parliament on five issues, as she is lacking a mandate as a result of being two seats short of an overall majority (Sturgeon called a hypocrite as referendum debate begins, 22 March). Donald Dewar deliberately crafted a complex electoral system with both constituency members and regional lists, which ...

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Calm UK’s roads to encourage walking and cycling | Letters

Evidence has long been available showing that new roads generate too much extra traffic to solve congestion (New roads fail to ease traffic or lift economies, say researchers, 20 March). It is ignored because of intense pressure not only from the motor and construction industries but from a large section of the public. It was clear before the M25 corridor was ...

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Why the Republicans' Bizarre and Failed Efforts to Repeal Obamacare Is a Major Defeat for Trump and the GOP

Photo Credit: www.speaker.gov President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have stunningly failed their first major legislative test, as a bill to repeal Obamacare and defund Medicaid was pulled from House debate just before voting was to begin. A chorus of “No” erupted before its live video link went dead. Ryan’s effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and ...

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The Guardian view on the funeral of Martin McGuinness: enlarging the definition of ‘us’ | Editorial

The woman walks into the church and up the aisle, her head bowed, almost as if she does not wish her arrival to be noticed. Her uncertainty is understandable, for this is a highly charged day in a Catholic church in a Catholic part of the city. But the woman is a prominent Northern Irish protestant leader and this is still ...

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WATCH: A Yale historian explains to Maher how Trump resembles 1930s fascists — and makes the Russia connection

Yale History Professor Timothy Snyder’s latest book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century outlines some of the things that fall under dictators as they rise to power. In a conversation Friday with Bill Maher, the host asked Snyder if this was his “busy season” given President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. Maher asked Snyder to give the top ...

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The Guardian view on the treaty of Rome: respect the EU’s founding values | Editorial

It is poignant and appropriate that Theresa May is missing Saturday’s meeting of European leaders marking the 60th anniversary of the treaty of Rome. The UK was not among the six founder nations of the Economic Community that evolved into today’s EU, although that is not a requirement of attendance. Twenty-seven nations will be represented in the Italian capital. Out ...

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The Gig Economy: Which Side Are You On?

The tall good looking New Yorker, about 25, stands out in the crowd around me. His black curly hair shines, his head raised expectantly, his smile so unlike the people around us peering anxiously into their handheld devices. I’ll learn before my trip ends that this warm faced lad’s name is Dijon. Our fleeting association begins there on the platform ...

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Security chief told MPs they were safe in parliament before attack

MPs were told by one of parliament’s top officials that their security was fine as long as they were within the Palace of Westminster, just 24 hours before an attacker managed to breach its perimeter fence and stab a police officer to death. Eric Hepburn, parliament’s director of security, gave evidence to MPs that the “real vulnerability” for members of ...

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House Obamacare Repeal Is Yanked in Major Defeat for Trump and the GOP

Photo Credit: www.speaker.gov President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have stunningly failed their first major legislative test, as a bill to repeal Obamacare and defund Medicaid was pulled from the floor 15 minutes before voting was to begin. A chorus of “No” could be heard in the live feed from House chambers before the video link went dead. ...

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With all we know about terror, how can we risk Northern Ireland’s peace? | Jonathan Freedland

On the news channels on Thursday, they were switching back and forth between updates on the Westminster attacks and live coverage of the funeral of Martin McGuinness. Often those juxtapositions, those split-screen moments, are jarring. Not this time. For the murder and mayhem unleashed in Westminster and the life of McGuinness were two aspects of a timeless story. They were ...

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George Osborne gains approval of local Tory association over editorship role

George Osborne has won the backing of his local Conservative association after insisting that his editorship of the Evening Standard was a part-time role and only four days a week. The former chancellor made a speech to members of the Tatton Conservative Association at their annual general meeting held at Toft cricket club near Knutsford in Cheshire on Friday night. ...

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