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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House Obamacare Repeal Gets 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 the health safety net Medicaid program 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 ...

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Tobias Ellwood appointed to privy council for Westminster attack response

The Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood, who battled to save the life of a police officer in the Westminster terror attack, and the security minister, Ben Wallace, have been honoured for their roles in responding to the atrocity. Downing Street announced that the Queen was “pleased” to approve the appointment of Ellwood and Wallace to the privy council. Ellwood, ran ...

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Selected Articles: US Coup in Ukraine: Aftereffects, Untold Story of the Greek “Bailouts”

Selected Articles: US Coup in Ukraine: Aftereffects, Untold Story of the Greek “Bailouts” What America’s Coup in Ukraine Did By Eric Zuesse, March 24 2017 On March 23rd, Gallup headlined “South Sudan, Haiti and Ukraine Lead World in Suffering”, and the Ukrainian part of that can unquestionably be laid at the feet of U.S. President Barack Obama, who in February 2014 imposed upon Ukraine a ...

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Powerful Texas Republican sees tough road for ‘bathroom bill’

The Republican speaker of the Texas House of Representatives said on Friday a bill to limit bathroom access for transgender people would face a tough time in the chamber, where there are worries of an economic hit to the state if it became law. Speaker Joe Straus, who sets the Republican-dominated House’s legislative agenda, stopped short of saying the measure ...

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Germany will 'win the peace' in Europe because of Brexit, says Lord Heseltine

Germany will “win the peace” in Europe as a result of Brexit, with the UK’s influence diminished, former deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine said. The Tory peer said it was “quite unacceptable” that Germany would be in a dominant position in Europe having lost the second world war. Lord Heseltine, who was sacked from a string of advisory roles within ...

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The EU should rebrand itself as the protector of its nations | Natalie Nougayrède

If one image can sum up the paradoxes that increasingly lie at the heart of the European project, as it celebrates its 60th this weekend, this may be a good one. Last month, hundreds of thousands of Romanians demonstrated against corruption. As night fell, they used the lights on their smartphones to form the national flag. Then, with equal enthusiasm, ...

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Trump's Budget Director Has Some Deeply Distressing Advice to Americans Worried About Their Health Benefits

Photo Credit: YouTube Screengrab White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has a solution to Americans who think they should have insurance that includes essential health benefits: Just change the state apparatus! “If you live in a state that wants to mandate maternity coverage for everybody, including 60-year-old women, that’s fine,” Mulvaney told CBS News Friday morning, Talking Points Memo reported.  He argued that control over minimum coverage ...

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Harman urges law change to protect rape complainants

The Labour MP Harriet Harman has introduced a proposed law change that would prevent rape complainants from being quizzed in court about their sexual history, saying the move was needed in the wake of the acquittal of the footballer Ched Evans. Evans won his appeal last year in a case that centred on evidence from two other men who testified ...

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WATCH: Sean Spicer accidentally says ‘tax returns’ instead of ‘tax reform’ — and quickly regrets it

Sean Spicer accidentally blurted out “tax return,” the release of which is an ongoing scandal for his boss, during a White House press conference — and quickly realized and corrected his error. The White House press secretary said President Donald Trump was “excited” to… Continue reading

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Pro-EU march to go ahead in London despite Westminster attack

Organisers of a pro-Europe demonstration in London have said it will go ahead as planned on Saturday despite concern that a major political protest might be inappropriate after this week’s nearby terrorist attack. Unite for Europe said it was important that the march, ending with a rally in Parliament Square, demonstrate the resilience of British democracy. It encouraged supporters to ...

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Friends reunited? Boris Johnson and David Cameron spotted having dinner in New York

As far as political uncouplings go, the breakup of David Cameron and Boris Johnson was a fairly spectacular public affair. But it seems they might have buried their Brexit hatchet and resumed the schoolboy friendship split asunder by European tensions – thanks to a shared dinner in New York city on Thursday night. The pair were photographed on the streets ...

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Illegal U.S. Occupation Forces in Syria and Iraq: Pentagon Intends Establishing “Interim Zones of Stability”

Addressing members of America’s imperial war coalition in Washington Wednesday, Rex Tillerson said Washington intends establishing “interim zones of stability” in Syria and Iraq – without further elaboration. US-installed Iraqi puppet leader Haider al-Abadi was pressured to let US forces operate in Iraqi territory. He’s silent on relentless Pentagon terror-bombing, massacring Mosul civilians, ones escaping saying they fear US warplanes ...

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Trump Approves Keystone XL Pipeline, Groups Vow 'Fight Is Not Over'

Protesters in San Francisco line the streets. (Tara Lohan)Photo Credit: Tara Lohan Nearly a decade after it first applied for a presidential permit, TransCanada is getting the green light from the Trump administration for its $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline. POLITICO reported Thursday that the U.S. State Department’s undersecretary for political affairs, Tom Shannon, will approve by Monday the cross-border permit needed ...

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Media hype about the Westminster attack will only encourage others | Simon Jenkins

On Wednesday afternoon a car went on to the pavement on Westminster bridge and killed three passersby. A man leapt out and stabbed a policeman. He was shot. No one knew who he was, only that he was dark-skinned and bearded. The police later released the names of those who tragically died in this dreadful incident. The possibly intended victims ...

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Her silence is ‘deafening’: Planned Parenthood CEO slams Ivanka for not standing up for women’s health

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards spoke with BuzzFeed News Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith on Friday morning about the GOP’s Obamacare replacement plan, and particularly noted how many “women will lose their lives over this bill.” Richards called the bill the “most anti-… Continue reading

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UK can't blame EU for problems that led to Brexit, says Juncker

British politicians sowed the seeds for Brexit by blaming the European Union for problems over which the bloc has little control and while building an economy dependent on foreign labour, the president of the European commission has said. Writing exclusively for the Guardian as EU leaders meet to celebrate the bloc’s 60th anniversary in Rome, Jean-Claude Juncker warns that “for ...

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'The Brexit vote is starting to have major negative consequences' – experts debate the data

David Blanchflower Professor of economics at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, and member of the Bank’s MPC from June 2006 to May 2009 With prices and wages heading in different directions, consumers are set to feel the pinch in 2017. Inflation surprised to the upside again on the latest figures. The consumer prices index rose to 2.3% in February from 1.8% ...

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Hard Right Targeting Its Fury Over Botched Health Care Bill at Trump Official

Photo Credit: YouTube Screengrab Conservatives are beginning to eat their own in the debate over replacing and repealing the Affordable Care Act. As President Donald Trump struggles to negotiate a deal with the most right-wing caucus in the House, conservatives who have spent the last several months celebrating the complete Republican takeover of federal government and mocking liberals are beginning to wake up ...

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Keir Starmer interview: ‘Winning elections is all I’m here for, that’s why I came into it’

It is often said that even the least prepossessing backbenchers arrive in Westminster thinking they could one day be prime minister. I have met a lot of MPs, and unless the human capacity for self-delusion is greater than I’d grasped, I find this hard to believe. In Keir Starmer’s case, however, the old cliche probably understates his ambition. If he ...

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British police make new ‘significant’ arrests over London attack

A police officer stands in front of an armoured police personnel carrier on a street leading to the Houses of Parliament in central London on March 24, 2017 British police said Friday they had made two further “significant” arrests over the Islamist-inspired terror attack on parliament, as they appealed for information about the homegrown killer who left four people dead. ...

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Those who believe in a united Europe must stand up and be counted | Guy Verhofstadt

Tomorrow, EU leaders past and present will gather in Rome to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic Community, the forerunner to the European Union. In the decades since it was signed, European countries have worked successfully to fight against the return of the rampant nationalism that led to two world wars and ...

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The West is Becoming Irrelevant, The World is Laughing

I was recently told by an Asian friend of mine who is working in Paris: “Lately I stopped following almost all that is happening politically in the United States, in the UK and even here in France. It all feels suddenly so irrelevant, a waste of time.” Statements like this would be unimaginable only one decade ago. In the past, ...

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Photo of woman in hijab passing attack victim on bridge 'misappropriated'

The photographer whose picture of a woman walking past a victim of the Westminster terrorist attack was claimed by anti-Islam blogs as evidence for the faith’s indifference to suffering has defended her and said the image was “misappropriated”. The picture, showing a woman wearing a hijab and looking at her phone on Westminster Bridge as a group of people gathered ...

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How One Activist Is Recruiting Diverse Candidates to Continue the Vision Started by Bernie Sanders' Campaign

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Puja Datta The 2016 election season created many overnight activists, including Puja Datta, who was nearly a decade into a career at a large credit bureau, having never so much as called Congress. Then the Bernie Sanders campaign happened. The experience changed the Columbus, Ohioan’s life. “I knocked on doors in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky,” ...

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The Westminster attack shows the new challenges facing UK counter-terrorism | Emily Winterbotham

On Wednesday, the wave of terror attacks witnessed in Europe and elsewhere struck at the heart of London. The attacker has now been identified as Khalid Masood, born in Kent – a 52-year-old known to the security services. Isis has also claimed responsibility, although their inability to name the attacker before the police did raises some doubts as to the ...

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PHOTOS: New species of cloud identified in 21st century Cloud Atlas

Celebrate with some amazing photos of the fluffy stuff. Claudia Hinz | International Cloud Atlas The iridescence is caused by diffraction of sunlight in all the tiny, uniform clouds. Clouds are a lot like Baskin-Robbins. They’re timeless, can be found all over America, and come in 31 flavors. A… Continue reading

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London attack: police name 75-year-old victim and make two 'significant' arrests – live

We have spoken to the police and the GLA [Greater London Authority]. We can confirm that the march will go ahead. All plans remain the same. We will only move to our contingency if the police are still investigating the crime scene come Saturday. Our contingency will include the same march start point and time (Park Lane, 11am) with an ...

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Brexit is a failure and a tragedy, says EC chief Juncker

Brexit is “a failure and a tragedy”, the president of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has said. The EU’s most senior civil servant promised that Brussels would approach the negotiation of Britain’s withdrawal in a “friendly” and fair way, but warned that European institutions were not “naive” about the process. He confirmed that the UK would be presented with a ...

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Selling Dog and Cat Meat Is Still Legal in Most of U.S.—but a Federal Ban Could Soon Be in Place

close up, cat and dog together lying on the floorPhoto Credit: VP Photo Studio/Shutterstock When images of the annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China hit the internet in 2013, there was no closing the Pandora’s box. Shock, anger and outrage at the brutality inflicted on what most Westerners view as humans’ best friends spurred millions around the world ...

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Democratic Party Floats “Proposal” For A “Palace Coup” against Trump

On Wednesday, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman addressed an open letter to a group of generals, deep state operatives and a corporate executive in President Trump’s cabinet, effectively calling on them to organize a palace coup. The recipients of Friedman’s letter, code-named “Calling On a Few Good Men,” are three generals—Secretary of Defense James Mattis, National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster ...

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