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'Dinner with the Donald': Nigel Farage joins Trump's table at Washington hotel

Nigel Farage dined out with Donald Trump on Saturday night after managing to secure a last-minute invitation to join the US president for an evening meal. The former Ukip leader was photographed sitting opposite Trump and alongside his daughter Ivanka, her husband and senior White House adviser, Jared Kushner, and the Florida governor, Rick Scott, at the president’s luxury hotel ...

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Who Counts as Black?

Photo Credit: Rawpixel.com / Shutterstock For generations, intimacy between black men and white women was taboo. A mere accusation of impropriety could lead to a lynching, and interracial marriage was illegal in a number of states. Everything changed with the 1967 Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which ruled that blacks and whites have a legal right to intermarry. Spurred ...

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Labour won in Stoke. Now we must keep fighting to claw back our core support | Jack Dromey and Ruth Smeeth

The people of Stoke-on-Trent are proud, patriotic and hardworking. They are proud to fly our country’s flag and they value and respect our armed forces. They believe in a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay and they’re angry that the government isn’t giving them the opportunity to get on and do well for themselves and their families. It ...

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‘A witch hunt against the American people’: GOP House intel chair balks at investigating Trump’s Russia links

The Republican head of the House Intelligence Committee dismissed calls for an investigation into ties between the Trump administration and Russian intelligence officials saying it would be a “witch hunt against the American people.” Speaking at the California Republican Party’s spring c… Continue reading

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Immigration will not dramatically fall after Brexit, says Amber Rudd

There will be no dramatic fall in immigration as soon as Britain leaves the EU, the home secretary has suggested, as she announced the government would consult businesses over plans for an immigration system over the summer. In comments which appeared to back the Brexit secretary, David Davis, when he said the door would not “suddenly shut”, Amber Rudd said ...

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Israeli Soldiers Destroy an Internationally-Funded Drinking Water Pipeline

Israeli Soldiers Destroy an Internationally-Funded Drinking Water Pipeline Israeli military bulldozers destroyed, Monday, a drinking water pipeline that was funded by The United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the Central Plains of the occupied West Bank. Mo’taz Bisharat, a Palestinian official in charge of Israeli colonies’ file at the Palestinian Authority in central West Bank, said many Israeli army ...

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Labour hit by ‘disunity’ in Copeland, says shadow attorney general – video

Shami Chakrabarti, Labour’s shadow attorney general, appears on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday and gives her views on the reasons for her party’s loss in the Copeland byelection on Thursday. Saying that the constituency had been “neglected … over some years” Chakrabarti also pointed the finger at the “disunity” in the Labour party as one of the reasons they ...

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Protesters Beware: D.C. Mayor Appoints New Police Chief With Long Record of Mass Arrests and Depriving Rights

Photo Credit: Image by Shutterstock, Copyright (c) A. Katz At a time when the right to protest in the nation’s capital has never been more important, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has appointed an abuser of First Amendment freedoms, Peter Newsham, as the city’s new police chief. From the Pershing Park mass arrests of 2002 to dragnet arrests at Donald Trump’s ...

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Jeremy Corbyn to take 'share of responsibility' for Copeland defeat

Jeremy Corbyn has said he is prepared to shoulder some of the responsibility for the loss of Labour’s seat in the Copeland byelection, as his shadow attorney general defended the Labour leader and said “disunity” in the party was the main cause of defeat. Corbyn, who on Friday denied he had considered his leadership was partly to blame for the ...

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The far right have taken over, without firing a shot | Stewart Lee

What would a coup d’état look like? Would you even notice if one was happening all around you? Should we even be allowed to use the phrase coup d’état, now that we are leaving the EU? Should we return the very words themselves to the vile continent whence they came, and accept back in turn le weekend, le camping, and ...

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Tory peer Michael Heseltine to rebel on Brexit bill

Tory peer Michael Heseltine has vowed to rebel against Theresa May over Brexit and back opposition efforts in the House of Lords to ensure a meaningful vote on the final outcome of exit negotiations. The former cabinet minister insisted he was not engaging in a confrontation with the government. He said Labour, Liberal Democrat and rebellious Tory colleagues ready to ...

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7 Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil on table close-upPhoto Credit: Africa Studio/Shutterstock Coconut oil is the extracted oil from coconut, the fruit of the coconut tree that’s well-known for growing in tropical areas. It’s also an outrageously popular topic among social media and health outlets in recent years. Typically coconut oil is refined, bleached and deodorized using high heat. The bleach filters the oil ...

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Brexit is a Whitehall farce that threatens the heart of Europe

There are many problems afflicting the British economy, and many afflicting the European Union. The trouble with Brexit is that it is almost guaranteed to aggravate both. Although I continue to emphasise the economic damage likely to result from cutting ourselves off from half of our export market, in common with many Remainers I am also exercised by the geopolitical ...

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U.S., Israel, Arab Allies Discuss Forming NATO-style Military Alliance Directed against Iran

U.S., Israel, Arab Allies Discuss Forming NATO-style Military Alliance Directed against Iran Arab countries would have NATO-style mutual defense pact Beirut. The Trump administration is in talks with Arab allies about having them form a military alliance that would share intelligence with Israel to help counter their mutual foe, Iran, several Middle Eastern officials said. The alliance would include countries ...

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Here comes the police state: New state laws aim for brutal crackdown on protesters — with help from the cops

A protester yells at a police line shortly before shots were fired in a police-officer involved shooting in Ferguson, Missouri August 9, 2015. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking) The rise of right-wing populism in the United States—from the White House to state legislatures—has been met with public resistance on a stunning scale. Millions have taken to the streets, staged direct actions and flooded ...

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Scottish news is a good start, but where does the BBC stop?

It’s a grisly problem for the BBC. How, now devolution has turned to SNP hegemony (with another independence referendum in the wind) do you give Scotland what it wants? Does Scotland even know what it wants? Independence, of course, would mean an end to the British Broadcasting Corporation, duly dismembered after the vote. But the more separate programming you give ...

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MPs launch official inquiry into universal credit as criticism grows

MPs have launched an official inquiry into universal credit amid growing concerns that design flaws in the new benefits system are leaving thousands of low-income claimants facing eviction and reliant on food banks. The Commons work and pensions committee said it was compelled to launch a full investigation after mounting evidence that built-in payment delays and administrative blockages were creating ...

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5 Ways Republicans Reaffirmed Their Awfulness This Week

Donald Trump (or more accurately, Steve Bannon) is obviously horrifying. But so is the entire Republican Party. Yes, the Democrats are a long way from ideal and politics is a dirty game on all sides. That said, who except for the very worst among us right now doesn’t wish we were fighting to make a Democratic White House and Congress ...

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Hi-tech financial firms flee UK amid doubts over Brexit

An exodus of “fintech” companies from Britain has begun, the chief executive of a leading firm has said, dashing the government’s hopes of building the UK into a world leader for the industry. Every reasonably-sized company in the flourishing financial technology sector – involving e-lending, money transfers and the banking markets – is now actively looking at moving staff and ...

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Kuwait could pay up to $60,000 for party at Trump Hotel in Washington

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the American Conservative Union’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. U.S., February 24, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque The Kuwaiti government could pay up to $60,000 to President Donald Trump’s hotel in Washington for a party on Saturday that will be an early test of Trump’s promise to turn over profits from such ...

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Peace in Ireland depends upon an open border | Peter Hain

Named as bandit country at the height of the Troubles, the mountains and fields of south Armagh, marking the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, echo Yeats: “a terrible beauty”. Even with army watchtowers high on the skyline, border posts and constant patrols, it was impossible to police. But 10 years on since bitter old enemies Ian Paisley and ...

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Labour faces catastrophic loss of working-class support

Halifax has a proud place in Labour history, and its voters have duly dispatched Labour MPs to Westminster for the last 30 years. A textile town with a radical tradition, it was an early focal point for the Independent Labour Party, formed in 1893. But historical loyalties count for less on its streets these days. On Saturday morning, two days ...

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Darrell Issa Admits He's Open to Special Prosecutor Investigating Trump's Ties to Russia

Bill Maher — after facing backlash last week for giving provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos a platform, then taking credit for Milo’s downfall — took a strong stance against Rep. Darrell Issa on Friday night’s “Real Time,” grilling the Republican congressman over the GOP’s stances on investigations, and why Congress is looking into President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. “We need an independent prosecutor,” Maher said, responding to the California ...

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The U.S. Carried out Regime Change in Syria in 1949 … and Tried Again in 1957, 1986, 1991 and 2011-Today

The CIA backed a right-wing coup in Syria in 1949. Douglas Little, Professor, Department of Clark University History professor Douglas Little notes: Recently declassified records… confirm that beginning on November 30, 1948, [CIA operative Stephen] Meade met secretly with Colonel Zaim at least six times to discuss the “possibility [of an] army supported dictatorship.” [“Cold War and Covert Action: The United States and ...

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Revealed: how US billionaire helped to back Brexit

The US billionaire who helped bankroll Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency played a key role in the campaign for Britain to leave the EU, the Observer has learned. It has emerged that Robert Mercer, a hedge-fund billionaire, who helped to finance the Trump campaign and who was revealed this weekend as one of the owners of the rightwing Breitbart ...

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LIVE COVERAGE: At least 12 seriously hurt when truck plows into crowd watching New Orleans parade

First responders rushed to the site of New Orleans’ Endymion Parade after a vehicle plowed into a crowd of parade-watchers. At least 12 people are believed to be hurt. WVUE’s Rob Krieger has been live-streaming reporting from the scene via Facebook Live. The collision took place at the i… Continue reading

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Doctors don’t have to sugar the obesity pill | Barbara Ellen

A lot gets said about how it feels to be overweight, but what is the psychology of having to tell someone that they’re fat if you’re a health professional? Does it feel rude, abrasive, maybe even counter-productive to do so? But perhaps neglectful and harmful not to? A survey of 1,141 GPs by Pulse magazine found that almost one third ...

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Tom Perez Edges Out Keith Ellison for Democratic Party Chair

Photo Credit: Evan El-Amin / Shutterstock The former labor secretary Tom Perez is the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). His victory in Atlanta on Saturday saw him make history as the first Latino to lead the party but left progressives who backed his main opponent, US representative Keith Ellison, deeply disappointed. Perez won the chairmanship on a second ballot, after missing ...

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Unite union ‘wasted cash on Labour leadership vote’

Elections for the general secretaries of Britain’s big trade unions usually receive scant media attention. The days when most newspapers employed labour correspondents have long gone, reflecting the decline in union power over the last three decades. But the media will be paying attention this April when the UK’s biggest union Unite votes. The reason will be the link between ...

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‘Maybe Frederick Douglass can take his place’: Twitter rips Trump for backing out of WH Correspondents’ Dinner

On Saturday, Pres. Donald Trump announced that he would not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and Twitter users had a field day joking at the president’s inability to, well, take a joke. Perhaps Trump was traumatized by what happened at the 2011 White House Corresponden… Continue reading

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Corbyn told: take blame for Copeland byelection flop or we face disaster

Senior Labour figures have demanded that Jeremy Corbyn orders a full postmortem of the party’s byelection humiliation in Copeland – amid fears that it could spark a meltdown in England comparable to the party’s 2015 annihilation in Scotland. Deputy leader Tom Watson and Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer both delivered pointed criticism of Corbyn for his refusal to take any blame ...

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Amid Mexico Talks, Trump Calls Deportations A “Military Operation”

Two days after rolling out a draconian immigration policy that threatens the deportation of millions of undocumented workers and their families, President Donald Trump described the unfolding crackdown as “a military operation.” Speaking to a White House gathering Thursday of top corporate bosses, including the CEOs of Dow Chemical, General Electric, Lockheed Martin and Caterpillar Inc., Trump hailed the escalation ...

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Number of EU care workers in UK surges

The number of non-British EU nationals working in the UK’s crisis-stricken social care system has shot up by more than 40% in three years, according to official figures – prompting fears that Brexit will lead to a catastrophic staffing crisis across the sector. The data released in answer to a parliamentary question by the Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake shows ...

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'I Was Naive': Trump Supporters Who Were on Strike, and Lost, Fear for the Future

Photo Credit: YouTube Screengrab Hard by the Hudson river about 14 miles north of Albany, the sprawling Momentive Performance Materials factory in Waterford has supplied generations of upstate New Yorkers with secure, well-paid, blue-collar jobs. Jobs that the US, and much of the industrialized world, has been losing and whose loss has set off a political time bomb. Now Momentive ...

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Should economists share the blame for populism? – Politics Weekly podcast

Subscribe and review: iTunes, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast & Stitcher and join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter There’s a word that’s suddenly part of almost every political discussion going on in the democratic world: populism. What caused it, and what we should do about it? If 2016 was the year we “had enough of experts” – a year in ...

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Politico reporter: Sean Spicer aide blocked me from press conference because ‘I was threatening’

Appearing on MSNBC, Politico White House reporter Tara Palmeri said she was barred by an aide from a press gathering on Friday and told “You’re threatening me” when she asked why she was being excluded. Admitting that the press secretaries in the past have held “gaggles” with select repo… Continue reading

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Remain voters must now be Labour’s top priority – Stoke and Copeland prove it | John Curtice

Byelection nights are typically a source of succour for the opposition. Its vote usually goes up while the government almost invariably suffers some kind of reverse. But this pattern was entirely absent in both Copeland and Stoke. In Copeland Tory support increased by no less than 8.5 points – the biggest increase in support for a government party since Harold ...

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Government intervention has led to higher energy bills, claims Lords report

Ministers should establish a new energy commission to spur on construction of power stations because successive governments have failed to encourage enough fresh power capacity in the UK, according to a House of Lords report. Subsidy-backed growth in renewable energy projects, such as windfarms, has deterred the construction of new conventional power plants, the economic affairs committee claimed. The peers ...

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Bernie Sanders Brilliantly Trolls Trump on Twitter After President Claims 'Biggest of Them All' Rally

Photo Credit: Flickr via Gage Skidmore / MSNBC screen grab Over a month into his presidency, Donald Trump continues to talk up his win last November with a tweet Saturday morning that was promptly mocked by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). As is his custom on Saturday mornings, Trump tweeted out a random comment first thing in the morning, writing, ...

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Sadiq Khan tones down attack on Scottish nationalism

Sadiq Khan has qualified his attacks on Scottish nationalism after provoking a torrent of criticism for claiming it was equivalent to racism and bigotry. The London mayor amended a controversial speech to Scottish Labour’s spring conference asserting there “was no difference” between those who wanted to divide Scottish and English people and the divisions sought by racist or religious bigots. ...

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The Red Line and the Rat Line. Seymour Hersh on Obama, Erdoğan and the Syrian Rebels

First published in April 2014, this article by Seymour Hersh is of relevance to an understanding the evolving situation in Syria In 2011 Barack Obama led an allied military intervention in Libya without consulting the US Congress. Last August, after the sarin attack on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, he was ready to launch an allied air strike, this time ...

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‘Like being in Guantanamo’: 70-year-old Canadian author interrogated and held by border agents

A 70-year-old children’s book author claims she was held for over two hours and insulted as she attempted to visit the U.S. from Australia earlier this month. According to The Guardian, author Mem Fox says she has visited the U.S. over 100 times before but has never received the treatment she … Continue reading

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Far-right Polish priest detained at Stansted airport

A notorious Polish priest accused of spreading antisemitism and Islamophobia has been detained by UK authorities hours before he was due to address a far-right rally in Shropshire. Jacek Miedlar, a leading figure for rightwing extremists in Poland, was held by UK border officials after landing at Stansted airport, Essex, to prevent him attending the controversial event in Telford. The ...

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Housing benefit cuts for young people may be scaled back

Controversial plans to strip young people aged 18 to 21 of housing benefit are being reconsidered by ministers amid fears in Whitehall that they would add to the homelessness bill and run contrary to Theresa May’s pledge to govern for the most needy in society. The Observer understands that the policy, announced by David Cameron and George Osborne and due ...

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How Milo Yiannopoulos Was Brought Down by a 16-Year-Old Canadian Girl

Photo Credit: Flickr: @Kmeron for LeWeb13 Conference @ Central Hall Westminster – London At this time last week, Milo Yiannopoulos’ highlights were glowing especially bright. He’d just wrapped an episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” his first appearance in a mainstream comedy show; he’d landed a six-figure book deal from Simon & Schuster; and he was scheduled to deliver ...

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Tom Watson stands by Jeremy Corbyn despite Copeland defeat

It was not the time to replace Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader despite the “hugely disappointing” defeat for the party in the Copeland byelection, Tom Watson has said. The party must take “a long, hard look” at what is not working following Thursday’s electoral blow, the deputy leader told Scottish Labour’s conference in Perth on Saturday. Corbyn has made it ...

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Is branded marijuana the way of the future?

Gone are the days of stoners being forced to choose between one or two marijuana products in clear plastic bags sealed with plain stickers. Now, when a customer goes into a dispensary, they have options. Shelves are stacked with marijuana flowers with intriguing labels like Caramel Candy Kush and Al… Continue reading

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Dutch minister calls on UK to join safe abortion fund after Trump ban

The Dutch government has voiced hope that the UK will join 20 countries to set up a safe abortion fund to fill the gap left by Donald Trump’s “global gag rule”. Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch international development minister, is leading an international campaign to raise $600m (£480m) to compensate for the Trump administration’s ban on funding for NGOs that provide ...

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