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      Impeachment hearings begin with a bombshell
      Nov14

      Impeachment hearings begin with a bombshell

      Trump is right to be rattled – the first day of public impeachment hearings into the Ukraine scandal very much didn’t go his way. Compared to other recent US congressional hearings, Wednesday’s opening day of the formal public impeachment inquiry into president Donald Trump was a focused affair. A lot of that was because, for the...

      The further we get from VE Day, the stranger Remembrance Day becomes
      Nov12

      The further we get from VE Day, the stranger Remembrance Day becomes

      There must come a point when even the horrors of the world wars will be so far in the past that commemorating them feels an affectation. When, do you think, does the whole Remembrance Day thing start getting a bit, well, weird? On the face of it, this might seem like a stupid question, because in a very real sense it’s already got extremely...

      The Conservatives’ narcissism has finally caught up with them
      Nov06

      The Conservatives’ narcissism has finally caught up with them

      For Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg, politics is not just a game for privileged people but a catwalk on which they can display their egos. The French novelist Édouard Louis once wrote that “for the ruling class, in general, politics is a question of aesthetics: a way of seeing themselves, of seeing the world, of constructing a personality. For...

      How white supremacists around the world are being connected
      Oct30

      How white supremacists around the world are being connected

      Deepening lines of communication and funding are creating the kind of loose, nefarious networks that once haunted the far-right’s fever-dreams. On 9 October a 27-year-old man stood outside a synagogue in the German town of Halle and apologised. “Sorry, guys,” he said, holding a shotgun in his hand; a smartphone, attached to his army helmet,...

      Five things you need to know: Trump impeachment evidence and university racism
      Oct23

      Five things you need to know: Trump impeachment evidence and university racism

      Plus, Johnson forced to seek extension, Harry Dunn crash suspect to be interviewed and potential Alzheimers treatment identified. US envoy describes Trump tying aid to Biden investigation The acting ambassador to Ukraine has stunned a congressional committee with evidence claiming that Trump directly tried to use offers of military aid and a...

      Five things you need to know today: Patel’s letter and Banksy’s bonanza
      Oct04

      Five things you need to know today: Patel’s letter and Banksy’s bonanza

      Your daily round-up of news snippets. Patel: Facebook encryption threatens “safety of our children” In an open letter, Priti Patel has asked Facebook to reconsider it addition of end-to-end encryption to its Messenger platform. Whatsapp – which is owned by Facebook – already encrypts all messages. A New York Times investigation...

      On the campaign trail in Iowa: Warren surges in the first-in-the-nation primary state
      Sep30

      On the campaign trail in Iowa: Warren surges in the first-in-the-nation primary state

      Iowa’s primary importance has long been outsized. The New Statesman America takes the temperature on the ground. As the dust settled on a whirlwind week of campaigning in Iowa, Democratic presidential candidates adjusted to a new reality. Senator Elizabeth Warren had, for the first time in the state, dislodged former vice president Joe...

      Why the Ukraine scandal could be a pivotal moment in Donald Trump’s presidency
      Sep26

      Why the Ukraine scandal could be a pivotal moment in Donald Trump’s presidency

      The White House released a segment of the conversation between Donald Trump and Volodmyr Zelensky. It’s more damning than the president may have intended. It is the scandal that seemed to finally break the dam for the Democratic congressional leadership on the question of impeaching president Trump – or, at least, opening an inquiry into...

      Five things you need to know today: Parliament returns & Trump’s impeachment moves closer
      Sep25

      Five things you need to know today: Parliament returns & Trump’s impeachment moves closer

      Also: the fish is running out. De-prorogued Parliament is to re-open this morning at 11.30, after 11 Supreme Court judges unanimously ruled yesterday that its recent prorogation was unlawful. Perhaps not surprisingly, however, a number of the papers have taken Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s side over that of Parliament or the court,...

      The Democrats are poised to start impeaching Donald Trump
      Sep25

      The Democrats are poised to start impeaching Donald Trump

      The pressure from Trump for Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden’s son seems to have been the tipping point for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Is the House of Representatives about to finally start impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump? Calls from Democratic lawmakers to do have gained momentum this week after the president used an official...