Visit UK's Houses of Parliament on your mobile in first virtual tour

Britain’s Houses of Parliament can now be explored by anyone, at any time and wherever they are, thanks to the first 360-degree virtual tour of the Commons, the Lords and the spaces in between. Viewers can look at where MPs and peers argue over Brexit, where big events and ceremonies are celebrated or where the suffragette Marjory Hume chained herself ...

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Robert Reich: 4 Big Warning Signs That Trump's Budget Is Bonkers

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore / Flickr Donald Trump ran for president as a man of the people, who was going to fight for those who were left behind – but everything we’re hearing about his forthcoming federal budget says exactly the opposite: Spending that’s a great deal for big corporations that have hired armies of lobbyists, and great for the ...

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Good riddance to the unfair NIC tax rise. Now what about that £2bn black hole? | John McDonnell

The government’s U-turn on the unfair £2bn national insurance hike for the self-employed is a humiliation for chancellor Philip Hammond, who has shredded his reputation after only his first budget – and broke a manifesto promise to do it. Labour opposed the measure from the start: Jeremy Corbyn made our opposition loud and clear in his immediate budget response, and ...

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Seeds of Destruction: Hijacking of the World’s Food System

As F. William Engdahl wrote in “Death of the Birds and the Bees Across America“: Birds and bees are something most of us take for granted as part of nature. The expression “teaching about the birds and the bees” to explain the process of human reproduction to young people is not an accidental expression. Bees and birds contribute to the ...

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Joy Behar claims Melania Trump is being held hostage

Melania Trump has seemingly been reluctant to take on her new role as first lady of the United States, and daytime talk show hosts have certainly taken note. Comedian Joy Behar took her critiques of the first family to a new level during Tuesday’s show, accusing the Trumps of faking their marr… Continue reading

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John McDonnell calls government chaotic after NIC’s U-turn – video

Philip Hammond announces that the government is reversing its decision to increase NICs for the self-employed on Wednesday. The chancellor’s statement is criticised by shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who calls the government chaotic. He adds that if Hammond had spent less time on his budget jokes, and the prime minister has spent less time guffawing like a feeding seal, then ...

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Second Tory says police interviewed him over election spending

A second Conservative MP has revealed he was interviewed under caution over allegations about overspending in the 2015 general election. Will Quince, MP for Colchester, said police had told him there would be no further action against him after the interview, which took place in January. Kent police interviewed Craig Mackinlay, the Tory MP for South Thanet, under caution last ...

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Is Donald Trump Intentionally Sowing Health Care Chaos?

Photo Credit: Seth C Fisher / Shutterstock.com Predictably, the promised Obamacare “repeal and replace” legislation has thrown all of Washington into a tizzy. The reason it was predictable is that if the Republicans had been able to put together a serious alternative to Obamacare’s market-friendly, hybrid health care program, they would have done it long ago and run on it. ...

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How do Scottish nationalists jump the Spanish hurdle? By waiting | Giles Tremlett

If Nicola Sturgeon thinks she can ride a wave of anti-Brexit sentiment that will carry Scotland all the way to independence as a brand new EU state, she must think again. The dream of seamlessly swapping the chilly isolation of the United Kingdom for the warm embrace of the European Union has already been dashed by an unexpected opponent – ...

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‘Why is it taking so long?’: Lindsey Graham calls out Trump for delay in providing ‘wiretap’ proof

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) and Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D) sent a letter to FBI Dir. James Comey asking him to state on the record by Wednesday whether there is an active investigation into Pres. Donald Trump’s ties to forces within the Russian government. On Wednesday… Continue reading

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Will there be a second Scottish independence referendum? – video explainer

The Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, says Brexit means the Scottish National party has a ‘cast-iron mandate’ for another Scottish independence referendum. We outline what has to happen before another independence vote can take place Eurosceptic views in Scotland pose dilemma for Nicola Sturgeon Source link

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Philip Hammond ditches national insurance rise for self-employed

Philip Hammond has dropped plans to increase national insurance contributions (NICs) for the self-employed, conceding that it breached the wording of the Conservatives’ manifesto. In a letter to Conservative MPs, the chancellor stuck by his argument that the change would have made the tax system fairer, but said he had decided “in the light of the debate of the last ...

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US Constitutional Rights. Federal Courts Say Foreigners, Not US Citizens, Are Entitled To Due Process

The US Constitution applies to US citizens, and the amendments known as the Bill of Rights guarantee due process as a protection of US citizens’ civil liberties. That’s the theory but not the practice. Trump’s travel ban applies to non-US citizens, primarily to refugees from the Bush/Obama bombings of numerous Muslim countries. Some of these refugees, whose families and countries ...

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Bannon and Trump Have Quietly Installed an Alt-National Security Council Operating Inside the White House

President Trump and deputy national security adviser Sebastian GorkaPhoto Credit: Twitter Less than a month after much-admired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster took over from Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser, Trump’s alter-ego Steve Bannon appears to be more in control of U.S. foreign policy than ever. There is little sign McMaster will be able to restore traditional U.S. ...

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Since the Brexit vote, the British feel more European than ever | Jonathan Freedland

It would be an irony more bitter than delicious, but could Brexit be having an unexpected effect on the people of Britain – turning us finally, and despite everything, into good Europeans? The question arises because of a curious shift underway since the referendum last June. For many years, the intellectual bedrock of the Eurosceptic case was that there was ...

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How did we get here? Four essential reads on the status of health care in America

How did we get here? Four essential reads on the status of health care in America By The Conversation. House Speaker Paul Ryan at a March 7, 2017 unveiling of the new health care bill called the American Health Care Plan. Susan Walsh/AP Editor’s note: The following is a roundup of archival stories r… Continue reading

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Despite Northern Ireland impasse there is hope on housing | Paddy Gray

In Northern Ireland we are well used to political uncertainty and disagreement. The current impasse is not new. We have had periods before of the assembly being suspended and direct rule from Westminster being implemented. We also had the same usual sectarian onslaught in the run up to the election calling for votes to keep the “other side” out. But ...

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David Davis gives evidence to Commons Brexit committee – Politics live

In normal circumstances the chancellor is the most important cabinet minister after the prime minister but, given the extent to which Brexit is consuming all the government’s time and energy, there’s a good case for saying that in this administration the real number 2 is David Davis, the Brexit secretary. And this morning he is getting a full interrogation from ...

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Telling the Anti-Vaccine Community They're Wrong Has Been Tried for Years Now, and It Doesn't Work—Here's Another Approach

Photo Credit: didesign021 / Shutterstock Texas has become an emerging battleground for the national vaccine debate. The Parents’ Right to Know legislation recently filed in the Texas House and Senate would require rates of vaccine exemption for each school to be made public. This bill will undoubtedly be controversial, as the anti-vaccine movement is gaining political footing among Texan elected officials. Events in ...

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Government's £1bn plan for online courts 'challenges open justice'

Government plans for online courts will lead to more unrepresented defendants, challenge the principle of open justice and could make it too easy for defendants to plead guilty, according to a legal thinktank. A report by the charity Transform Justice published on Wednesday warns that the Ministry of Justice’s £1bn court reform programme contains digital trial proposals that may confuse ...

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How a kernel of corn may yield answers into some cancers

How a kernel of corn may yield answers into some cancers By Kevin M. Folta, Professor and Chair, Horticultural Sciences Department, Graduate Program in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Florida. Cells within corn kernels have properties similar to those within human blood cells. ww… Continue reading

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The leftist outragerati – now bullying free speech flavoured beer | First Dog on the Moon

Seriously, what is Coopers doing? You have to be some kind of kitten-punching supervillain for people to boycott beer in this country Sign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are published Get all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and prints Continue reading… Source link

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Assange Claims Hillary, Intel Officials “Quietly Pushing a Pence Takeover”

Assange Claims Hillary, Intel Officials “Quietly Pushing a Pence Takeover” Over the weekend we noted chatter that some saw Mike Pence as “the Deep State’s insurance policy,” and now, judging by tweets from Wikileaks’ Julian Assange, that may well be the Clinton/Intelligence Officials plan… Clinton stated privately this month that she is quietly pushing for a Pence takeover. She stated that Pence ...

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Theresa May is dragging the UK under. This time Scotland must cut the rope | George Monbiot

Here is the question the people of Scotland will face in the next independence referendum: when England falls out of the boat like a block of concrete, do you want your foot tied to it? It would be foolish to deny that there are risks in leaving the United Kingdom. Scotland’s economy is weak, not least because it has failed ...

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'Morning Joe' Has Had It with Trump's Wiretapping Farce—and His Idiocy

Photo Credit: MSNBC / YouTube The Trump administration missed its deadline Monday to provide evidence supporting the president’s claim that President Obama wiretapped his phones in Trump Tower, and the cast of “Morning Joe” has had about enough of this charade. This is a joke right? I’m not being a smart ass here but everybody knows Trump was lying about ...

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Don't mention the divorce: why must it all be about Brexit, thought Theresa | John Crace

“Don’t call it a divorce,” said Theresa May crossly. “Brexit isn’t a divorce.” She was right. A divorce implies two parties more or less amicably agreeing their terms of separation within a couple of years. Brexit was going to be messier than that. Much messier. The chances of reaching a mutually satisfactory financial settlement and trade agreement in that short ...

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Russian interventions in other people’s elections: A brief history

Russian interventions in other people’s elections: A brief history By Eric Lohr, Professor of Russian History, American University. Demonstrators against Russian military actions in Ukraine rally in New York, March 2, 2014. AP Photo/John Minchillo In the last nine years, Russia has invaded its… Continue reading

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Conservative MP interviewed by police over election spending

A Conservative MP has been interviewed under caution as part of an ongoing police inquiry into whether the party overspent in its campaign for South Thanet in the 2015 general election, when they were up against Nigel Farage. Craig Mackinlay, the MP who won the seat against the former Ukip leader, is said to have spent about six hours speaking ...

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Unilever: UK government should help companies targeted by foreign bids

The boss of Unilever has urged the government to provide more help for Britain’s largest companies when they are targeted by foreign takeovers. Paul Polman, chief executive of Unilever – the maker of Marmite, Magnum ice cream and Dove soap – said there should be a level playing field for British companies so they could enjoy the stronger levels of ...

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Americans Are Getting More Secular All the Time—Which Is One Reason Why Trump Voters Are So Angry

Photo Credit: Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com Despite all the conservative posturing about how their movement represents “real” America and liberal political attitudes are restricted mainly to the “coastal elite,” new research from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) suggests that, at least in political terms, most Americans are secular in their orientation. While many Americans may still hold conservative personal beliefs, when ...

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Minister denies chance of 'cliff-edge' shift in migration policy post-Brexit

The immigration minister has tried to reassure business and industry that there will be “no cliff-edge” change in migration policy post-Brexit. But Robert Goodwill has hinted that the new system for controlling migration from the European Union could involve different rules for different sectors of the British economy as well as allowing flows to fill skill shortages in UK industries. ...

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Argentina – Ebullición frente al ajuste

Marzo debutó con tres monumentales manifestaciones que ilustran la resistencia a Macri. La masiva concurrencia a la marcha docente refutó la campaña oficial contra los maestros. La impresionante multitud en el acto de la CGT confirmó el hastío con la miseria y la extraordinaria movilización de las mujeres ratificó la popularidad de las demandas sociales. Un gran viraje se avecina ...

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Free school funding will create fraction of places pledged in budget, says Labour

The government’s flagship education policy announced in the budget, to spend £320m creating 70,000 free school places, is likely to deliver only about a fifth of that number, according to the Labour party. An analysis by Labour found that the money committed last week by Philip Hammond is meant to bring 70,000 places and around 140 new schools. However, the ...

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Eurosceptic views in Scotland pose dilemma for Nicola Sturgeon

A majority of Scottish voters have strong Eurosceptic views following last year’s referendum campaign, with nearly half complaining that the EU has too much power. The Scottish Social Attitudes survey, an authoritative annual study of public opinion, found high levels of Euroscepticism at the same time as the highest level of support for independence it had recorded since it was ...

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'Real Americans' Have Always Been Rebels: A Guide for Progressive Patriotism

Photo Credit: lev radin / Shutterstock.com After the collapse of Occupy Wall Street, my wife and I fled the progressive groupthink of Berkeley, California and resettled out here in Nehalem, in rural Oregon, close to unpoliced forests and far from the nearest university, airport or anarchist infoshop. All was reasonably well until I ran for mayor of my tiny town, provoking a ...

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Nicky Morgan urges government not to withdraw school funding plans

Former education secretary Nicky Morgan has called on the government not to abandon its commitment to a new national funding formula for schools, despite widespread opposition from fellow Conservative backbenchers. Morgan, who first launched the government’s plans to overhaul school funding during her time at the Department for Education (DfE), said it was clear the formula in its current draft ...

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Texas Senate gives OK to bill curbing transgender bathroom access

FILE PHOTO – A bathroom sign welcomes both genders at the Cacao Cinnamon coffee shop in Durham, North Carolina, United States on May 3, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake/File Photo The Texas Senate on Tuesday preliminarily approved a Republican-backed bill that would restrict access to public bathrooms by transgender people over criticism from Democrats who said it was unnecessary, discriminatory and economically ...

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Compromise still possible to avoid Scotland independence vote, says SNP

Theresa May still has time to reach a compromise deal with Scotland that could avert a second independence referendum but the clock is ticking, the SNP’s most senior figure in Westminster has said. In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Angus Robertson said his party’s first priority was to protect Scotland’s membership of the European single market. As such, he ...

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Charlotte Hogg’s exit raises tough questions for Bank of England | Nils Pratley

Charlotte Hogg’s original error was perhaps forgivable. It was astonishing that she could omit her brother’s job at Barclays in a form asking about personal relationships that could be perceived as creating conflicts of interest. It is jaw-dropping that she could have written the Bank of England’s code herself and yet failed to follow its precise instructions. But even senior ...

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Selected Articles: Gladio: Crimes of US Empire, Israel: Criminalizing Free Speech, Ukraine: 2.5 Million Refugees in Russia

Selected Articles: Gladio: Crimes of US Empire, Israel: Criminalizing Free Speech, Ukraine: 2.5 Million Refugees in Russia The “Deep State” and the Unspoken Crimes of the U.S. Empire, Operation Gladio By Gary Weglarz, March 14 2017 The key institutions of Western societies have lost their credibility.  They fail to merit either the respect or loyalty of the domestic populations they purport ...

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Robert Reich's Latest Warning Should Make Republicans Think Long and Hard About Repealing Obamacare

Photo Credit: CNN / YouTube On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office predicted that a whopping 14 million people will be left uninsured next year if the GOP’s new health care bill passes. To the surprise of no one, the Trump administration has responded by sticking its collective fingers in its ears. “It’s just not believable, is what we would suggest,” Heath and Human ...

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‘They can’t afford it’: CNN’s Jim Acosta stupefies Sean Spicer with facts about millions losing care

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tried on Tuesday to convince CNN Correspondent Jim Acosta that President Donald Trump’s health care plan would cover more people than President Barack Obama’s law — even though the Congressional Budget Office has said otherwise. During Tuesday’s White House briefing, Acosta suggested that millions fewer Americans would be covered because the Republican plan would ...

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The Guardian view on Charlotte Hogg’s resignation: a sorry affair | Editorial

A regulator cannot be seen to break the rules. On those grounds alone, Charlotte Hogg was right to resign as deputy governor of the Bank of England. She had failed to disclose that her brother was a senior executive at Barclays, a bank that would be under her very own regulation. And she had failed to do so not once, ...

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Charlotte Hogg resigns as Bank of England deputy governor

Charlotte Hogg has resigned as deputy governor of the Bank of England after MPs concluded she was not up to the role she was promoted into barely two weeks ago. Her departure was announced 25 minutes after the Treasury select committee published a highly critical report prompted by her failure to disclose that her brother works for Barclays, which is ...

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U.S. Citizens Now Being Forced to Provide Their Social Media Passwords Upon Return to U.S.

Photo Credit: infinity21 / Shutterstock The word for it, in case you were searching, is “despicable.” “Un-American” would also work. But you might save time by just labeling it: Trump. When Buffalo, New York couple Akram Shibly and Kelly McCormick returned to the U.S. from a trip to Toronto on Jan. 1, 2017, U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers held them for two hours, ...

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Nicola Sturgeon signals Scotland referendum could be held after Brexit

Nicola Sturgeon has indicated she could delay a fresh Scottish independence referendum until after Brexit, in the hope of a deal with Theresa May on its timing. After saying on Monday the vote must be offered before the UK leaves the EU in March 2019, the first minister signalled she could stage it after that date if more time was ...

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Here’s why a court found Kellyanne Conway too unreliable to testify in Whole Foods lawsuit

Kellyanne Conway has gained a reputation for untrustworthiness since going to work for President Donald Trump, but a federal court once found her polling work too unreliable to be considered in a lawsuit filed by the government against Whole Foods. The Federal Trade Commission sued Whole Food in 2007 to block the grocery retailer’s purchase of the rival Wild Oats ...

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Ivanka Trump is complicit in her dad’s mission to get rich at the US’s expense | Arwa Mahdawi

I hope you are ready to improve and expand your vocabulary today because I am about to drop a very complicated word. Complicit | kəm-’pli-sət | adjective. Merriam-Webster defines it as “helping to commit a crime or do wrong in some way”. One could, for example, say that Ivanka Trump is complicit in her dad’s mission to enrich himself at ...

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