Trump’s New Travel Ban, Demonization of Muslims

His new executive order, issued Monday, reworked his earlier one – rejected at the federal district and appeals court levels. How this one fares remains to be seen. It’ll likely be challenged. Like the earlier one, it’s all about politics, unrelated to border control and keeping the nation safe from foreign terrorists – ISIS and others Washington created and supports. ...

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The Lords can sort out themselves | Letters

May I comment on two contributions to the debate about the future of the House of Lords published in the last two weeks? On 24 February, Meg Russell argued (Don’t abolish the Lords: history shows it really can be reformed), that attempts at big-bang reform of the House of Lords have not succeeded. She is right, and in any event ...

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Stephen Colbert: GOP unveiled their Obamacare replacement — and then ‘repealed it out of force of habit’

Late Show host Stephen Colbert got in some digs at the Republican leadership over their proposed alternative to Obamacare only to state that they immediately shot it down after they proposed it. “Well, it’s finally here, ” Colbert announced. “After six years of trying, last n… Continue reading

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House of Lords defeats government for second time on article 50 bill

The House of Lords has voted to give parliament a veto over the final outcome of Theresa May’s Brexit negotiations, inflicting a second defeat on the government’s article 50 bill. Peers supported a Labour-led amendment by 366 to 268, despite the government’s argument that it would “damage the national interest” by making May’s Brexit negotiations more difficult. Michael Heseltine, the ...

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Bank of England deputy's slip-up was astonishing – but its reaction was predictable | Nils Pratley

Charlotte Hogg, a week ago, could not have been clearer. “I am in compliance with all of our codes of conduct. I know that. I helped to write them,” declared the Bank of England’s new deputy governor to the Treasury select committee. Now comes the excruciating apology. Actually, no, she was not in compliance because she didn’t declare to the ...

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4 Infuriating Moments from Tom Price's Health Care Bill Preview

Photo Credit: CNN / YouTube On Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price introduced the long-awaited Republican alternative to Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA). And as has become a trademark of the Trump administration, the bill raised more questions it than answered. Here are four of the press briefing’s most infuriating moments: 1. Props, props, props At one point, ...

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CPS weighs prosecution of far-right activist on eve of legal challenge

The Crown Prosecution Service is reconsidering whether to prosecute a far-right activist for alleged antisemitism on the eve of a highly unusual legal challenge to its decision to let the case drop. Government lawyers were due at the high court in London on Wednesday for judicial review proceedings brought by the Campaign Against Antisemitism. The case challenged the CPS decision ...

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Ex-CIA director: World is wondering ‘what the hell is going on’ with Trump’s wiretapping tweets

Appearing on CNN, former CIA director Leon Panetta said Donald Trump’s tweeting — including accusations that former President Barack Obama had his Trump Tower offices tapped — is causing other countries to wonder “what the hell is going on,” in the U.S. Speaking with ho… Continue reading

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Torture victims in high court challenge to Home Office over detentions

Seven victims of torture who have been locked up in immigration detention are at the high court, challenging as unlawful a government policy that allows some torture survivors to be imprisoned. The seven, who include victims of trafficking, a man kidnapped by the Taliban, and two men tortured because of their sexuality, say the government should no longer be able ...

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North Korea Tests Missiles amid Huge US-South Korean War Games

North Korea yesterday launched at least four ballistic missiles from its west coast, not far from the border with China, at around 7.30 a.m. local time. The missiles flew about 1,000 kilometres and, according to Japanese officials, three splashed down within Japan’s exclusive economic zone of 200 nautical miles or about 370 kilometres. The missile launch took place amid heightened ...

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Tories call for tax cash boost to aid struggling public services

Philip Hammond is facing growing pressure from within the Conservative party to plough the proceeds of growing tax revenues into shoring up beleaguered public services. The Treasury has indicated that the chancellor will not shirk difficult decisions on tax as the government aims to steady the public finances before triggering article 50 and starting the formal process of Brexit. Hammond ...

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How to Participate in the March 8th Women's Strike

Photo Credit: VeryBusyPeople / Flickr Creative Commons The Women’s March and demonstrations of its type are all about showing up. Participants aim to make their presence heard. As L.A. Kauffman, the author of Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalis told Vogue, they “create situations that shine a spotlight on injustice and force a crisis that authorities need to address.” Many who ...

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Theresa May heads for battle with MPs over Brexit bill

Theresa May is heading for a fresh battle with Conservative MPs over her Brexit bill next week, after peers voted to give parliament the right to veto the final outcome of her EU talks. Downing Street said it would seek to overturn the amendment passed by the House of Lords on Tuesday by 366 to 268, arguing that giving parliament ...

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Taxes for self-employed likely to rise in Hammond's budget

Philip Hammond is likely to close loopholes in Wednesday’s budget that mean many self-employed workers pay less tax than their salaried counterparts – but he will come under pressure to ensure they receive better rights in return. The Treasury is concerned that the growing prevalence of self-employment is not just driven by entrepreneurialism in the “gig economy”, but by tax ...

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Republican Congressman Who Scolded Obamacare Recipients for Buying iPhones Exposed as Total Hypocrite

Photo Credit: Flickr / Don LaVange Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) faced criticism on Tuesday morning after appearing on CNN to discuss the GOP’s proposed Obamacare replacement plan. Chaffetz argued that Americans are personally responsible for their health care, rather than it being a service that the U.S. government should provide. “You know what, Americans have choices, and they’ve got to make a choice,” he ...

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First Dog on the Moon goes to south-west Tasmania (and totally freaks out)

I went to south-west Tasmania and totally freaked out. Oh my goodness – simply one of the most beautiful, haunting, weirdy landscapes I have ever had the good fortune to go and look at. The Port Davey marine reserve is huge, three times the size of Sydney Harbour and that is just the wet bits. The landscape is dominated by ...

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Al pueblo de Cuba: ¿Está Washington orquestando un “golpe blando”? La cooptación de los intelectuales cubanos

Al pueblo de Cuba: La Revolución cubana representa un hito fundamental en la historia de la Humanidad, pues cuestiona la legitimidad del capitalismo mundial. En las principales regiones del mundo, la Revolución cubana ha sido fuente de inspiración en la lucha implacable contra la dominación neo-colonial y el imperialismo estadounidense. Hoy el mundo se encuentra en una encrucijada crítica. En ...

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Surrey council leader 'had gentleman's agreement' with ministers

David Hodge, the leader of Surrey council, told Conservative colleagues that he had secured a “gentleman’s agreement” with senior cabinet ministers that persuaded him to cancel a threat to raise council tax by 15%. In a secret recording of a council meeting on 7 February, the politician revealed there had been a “series of conversations” with the communities secretary, Sajid ...

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UK tells EU students it will not deport them for lacking health insurance

The Home Office has insisted it will not deport EU students if they do not have private healthcare, despite the fact that a German PhD student was told she would be at risk of removal if she could not produce medical insurance documentation at Heathrow. The categorical assurance is a departure from previous Home Office statements. It will assuage growing ...

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Watch: GOP Lawmaker Defends Republican Health Care Plan With Idiotic Myth About Poor People and iPhones

  The Republican Party’s proposed Obamacare replacement plan is already facing a storm of criticism, and Republican lawmakers are scrambling to defend it on cable news networks. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) appeared on CNN Tuesday morning to explain why obtaining health care is a matter of personal responsibility for millions of Americans, and not an area that requires government intervention. In ...

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Even Stephen Hawking says Corbyn has failed. This is no rightwing conspiracy | Sam Glover

John McDonnell wrote an article on 26 February announcing that a “soft coup” is under way against Jeremy Corbyn. This coup, claimed McDonnell, “is being perpetrated by an alliance between elements in the Labour party and the Murdoch media empire, both intent on destroying Jeremy Corbyn and all that he stands for”. But the truth is that not everyone who ...

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Former Oklahoma sheriff busted for bizarre racial slur prior to black veteran’s tragic death in his jail

Oklahoma jails might not be a racially sensitive place for inmates but apparently, it isn’t for employees of the jail either. Courtroom testimony in Tulsa, Oklahoma Monday revealed that in 2011 African-American staff at the Tulsa County jail were called “n*gronoids” or “n*groids” by former Sheriff Stanley Glanz, who resigned in 2015, the Daily Beast reported. The revelation is part ...

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Building Brexit on the myth of empire ignores our brutal history | Kehinde Andrews

“The United Kingdom is one of the few countries in the European Union that does not need to bury its 20th century history,” tweeted Liam Fox last March. The historical amnesia that afflicts the secretary of state for international trade is now on display in Whitehall, with officials calling their post–Brexit scramble for African trade “empire 2.0”. I guess we ...

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Brexit putting British scientists at risk of becoming bit-part players, warns report

British scientists risk being reduced to bit-part players in some of the most ambitious projects of the next decade, a report has warned. The findings by the union Prospect on the implications of Brexit for science highlight a number of prestigious projects where British participation is now in doubt. These include a planned Antarctic mission to drill the oldest ice ...

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Stephen Colbert on Trump's Unhinged Tweets: "Somebody Give This Guy a Xanax"

On last night’s episode of “Late Night,” host Stephen Colbert wondered what happened to Donald Trump after the “big-boy speech” he delivered to Congress last Tuesday. What started off as a good week for the administration quickly unraveled after the release of a damning report that showed Attorney General Jeff Sessions likely lied during his confirmation hearings. After Sessions recused himself, ...

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Ucrania: Guerra y bloqueo, igual a caos

Los intentos del presidente ucraniano, Petro Poroshenko, de mantener hoy la campaña bélica en Donbass y de lidiar con radicales y sus bloqueos de regiones sublevadas solo sumaron caos en la república exsoviética. En los últimos días, la situación cambió vertiginosamente en las autoproclamadas repúblicas de Donetsk y Lugansk. Los radicales ucranianos bloqueaban desde mediados de enero pasado el paso ...

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Social care is on its knees. We all have a stake in its future | Barbara Keeley

It seems we are running out of ways to convey to the government the level of crisis that now exists in social care. The care system has been described as “at a tipping point”, in “a deeper existential crisis”, part of a “humanitarian crisis” and, more recently, “on its knees”. Health and care leaders have pleaded with government ministers to ...

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North Korea says its launch targeted US military bases in Japan

North Korea’s launch of four ballistic missiles Monday was a part of drills targeting U.S. military bases in Japan, state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Tuesday. The country fired the missiles off its east coast in an apparent retaliation to the joint military drills by the U.S. and … Continue reading

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Brexit doesn’t mean pulling up a drawbridge. We must make pacts now | Chris Leslie

Brexit is a cloud hanging over the UK economy. Businesses are unsure what our trading relationships will be, workers are uncertain about the long term and investors are waiting to see what sort of access to markets the UK will have worldwide. Britain isn’t just on the verge of a leap into the unknown – we are sending signals to ...

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Grammar schools are 'vanity project that won't help deprived children'

Investing £500m in new grammar schools is a “vanity project” that ignores real-terms cuts to struggling schools’ budgets, Labour’s education spokeswoman has said. In Wednesday’s budget, Philip Hammond is expected to announce he will spend £320m on expanding the government’s free school programme, creating 70,000 places in 140 schools, which will be able to offer selective education after legislation is ...

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Trump's 'School Choice' Plan: Religious Fundamentalism at Taxpayer Expense

Photo Credit: Greg Swan / Flickr President Donald Trump is being praised for a change in tone in his recent address to Congress, but his belligerent attitude toward public education hasn’t changed a bit. While it’s true he stopped short of repeating his claims that public schools are “broken” and a “government monopoly,” what Trump chose to highlight in his ...

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No 10 rejects William Hague's proposal for early election – Politics live

The latest Guardian/ICM polling figures are out, and the headline state-of-the-parties figures suggest that the Conservatives’ lead remains huge, albeit not quite as humungous as it was two weeks ago. Here are the figures. Conservatives: 44% (no change from Guardian/ICM two weeks ago) Labour: 28% (up 2) Ukip: 11% (down 2) Lib Dems: 8% (no change) Greens: 5% (up 1) ...

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He ‘may not even understand Watergate’: Former Nixon lawyer schools Trump’s Obama-wiretap claim

Former White House Counsel for United States President Richard Nixon John Dean knows a thing or two about Watergate and he wants President Donald Trump to learn the facts. In fact-free accusations Saturday morning on Twitter, Trump alleged a new Watergate at the hands of former President Barack Obam… Continue reading

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Stephen Hawking: Jeremy Corbyn is a disaster for Labour

Stephen Hawking has said Jeremy Corbyn should resign as Labour leader, adding that although he believes in many of his policies, he cannot win a general election. “I regard Corbyn as a disaster,” the renowned physicist told the Times. “His heart is in the right place and many of his policies are sound, but he has allowed himself to be ...

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Israel’s Welcome now Reserved only for Jews who Back Netanyahu

Dustin Pfundheller, 30, an American dentist living in Singapore, was set to become the youngest person to visit every country in the world while in a full-time job. His globetrotting has taken him to 192 of the 193 recognised states, bringing his medical skills to the world’s remotest places. But in January he was barred for the second time from ...

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Ideological shakeup will create a ‘squeezed middle’ of universities | Peter Scott

The higher education and research bill is now slouching through parliament to the inevitable royal assent. Its main provisions [pdf] are to open the door wide to “challenger” – mainly for-profit – providers, and impose the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which claims to measure the quality of teaching, but won’t and can’t. The bill also replaces the Higher Education Funding ...

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The Old Trump Is Back—In Fact, He Never Left

Photo Credit: P.S.Art-Design-Studio / Shutterstock It seems an eternity ago but it was only last Tuesday night when Donald Trump addressed a joint session of Congress and stuck to the teleprompter without going off the deep end – eliciting rapturous praise from the media.  “Donald Trump at his most presidential,” gushed NBC; “a recitation of hopes and dreams for the nation,” oozed ...

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Don’t fall for Philip Hammond’s budget trickery. There is an alternative | Polly Toynbee

How perfectly their faces fit the parts they play, this pair of graveyard undertakers to public services. Chancellor and prime minister use their grim solemnity to persuade the nation that there is no alternative. It’s all a charade – and they are, of course, play-acting – but they do it alarmingly well. Polls show they still convince voters that this extreme ...

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African-Americans more likely to be wrongfully convicted: study

African-Americans are far more likely to be wrongfully convicted of crimes such as murder, sexual assault and illegal drug activity than whites due to factors including racial bias and official misconduct, a study released on Tuesday said. Of the 1,900 defendants convicted of crimes and later exonerated, 47 percent were African-Americans – three times their representation in the population – ...

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Big data’s power is terrifying. That could be good news for democracy | George Monbiot

Has a digital coup begun? Is big data being used, in the US and the UK, to create personalised political advertising, to bypass our rational minds and alter the way we vote? The short answer is probably not. Or not yet. A series of terrifying articles suggests that a company called Cambridge Analytica helped to swing both the US election and the ...

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Human Rights Abuse? Trump Plan Will Separate Immigrant Children From Their Parents

Photo Credit: Ryan Rodrick Beiler / Shutterstock.com While President Trump has repackaged his Muslim travel ban to appease the military and the courts, his administration is expanding the use of private prison facilities to handle a massive increase in deportation and is considering a policy of separating women and children who illegally cross the border, according to news reports. The revised ...

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Peugeot sale is an 'opportunity', says Clark. An opportunity for pigs to fly | John Crace

Britain is open for business, insisted Greg Clark. The only fly in the ointment was that it was principally open for overseas companies flogging their UK assets to other overseas companies. But the business secretary is by nature an optimist and was determined to cast General Motors’ sale of Vauxhall to Peugeot in a positive light. The devaluation of the ...

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Trump’s revised travel ban may be too little too late

President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Jan. 27, 2017. (DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr) resident Trump’s new executive order on immigration addresses some of the legal problems found by courts in the Jan. 27 original order, but is still vulnerable on some of the same legal ...

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Causas de la “cacería de brujas” contra Donald Trump

Sin pruebas, el establishment, es decir, el gobierno oculto de Estados Unidos, acusa al nuevo presidente, Donald Trump, de haberse beneficiado del hackeo ruso al Partido Demócrata y de estar al servicio del Kremlin.La campaña contra Trump, cuyo equipo la compara con una “cacería de brujas”, le costó el puesto al consejero de Seguridad Nacional, el general Michael Flynn, y ...

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Amber Rudd asked to reveal where secret £1bn conflict fund is spent

A £1bn-plus British conflict, stability and security fund (CSSF) is so secret that a committee of senior MPs and peers meant to be scrutinising it can’t even be told the names of the 40 countries where it is spent. The problem was raised on Monday with the home secretary, Amber Rudd, by a former Conservative defence minister Archie Hamilton, who ...

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Disability benefits process is 'inherently flawed', MPs told

As many as four out of five cases where a claimant has been denied disability benefits are overturned on appeal because of systemic failures in the initial assessment process, MPs have heard. Frontline welfare advisers told the work and pensions select committee that the personal independence payment (PIP) process was “inherently flawed”, resulting in thousands of wrong decisions and causing ...

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