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  • Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen faces sentencing in New York – live updates

    Senate to vote on curbing US support for Yemen warGovernment shutdown deadline next week loomsProtect independent, fact-based journalism with a year-end contribution and help us reach our $1m goal. 2.07pm GMT House Republicans are using a parliamentary maneuver to block any votes on a Yemen resolution. They inserted language into the “rule” setting up the parameters for debate on the Farm Bill, which passed the Senate by an overwhelming margin Tuesday. In order to start debate on the popular...

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  • What happened next? Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg: ‘I can’t sit back and grieve while so many people are dying’

    The students of Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida, inspired a global movement for gun control with the March for Our Lives protest. One of the activists reveals why he never wants it to be forgotten On 1 February 1960, 17-year-old Franklin McCain and three black friends went to the whites-only counter at Woolworths in Greensboro, North Carolina and took a seat. The humiliation of growing up black in the south had left the teenage McCain contemplating suicide. Having spent the...

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  • How Native American tribes are bringing back the bison from brink of extinction

    The continent’s largest land mammal plays crucial role in spiritual lives of the tribes On 5,000 hectares of unploughed prairie in north-eastern Montana, hundreds of wild bison roam once again. But this herd is not in a national park or a protected sanctuary – they are on tribal lands. Belonging to the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes of Fort Peck Reservation, the 340 bison is the largest conservation herd in the ongoing bison restoration efforts by North America’s Indigenous people. The bison – or...

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  • Raiders owner calls Oakland's lawsuit over team's move to Vegas 'malicious'

    City is seeking damages for money invested in RaidersLawsuit does not aim to stop team moving to Las VegasThe city of Oakland has filed a federal antitrust lawsuit trying to recover damages for the Raiders’ upcoming move to Las Vegas. The suit, which was filed on Tuesday against the Raiders, the NFL and the other 31 teams, seeks lost revenue, money Oakland taxpayers invested in the Raiders and other costs. The suit does not ask the court to prevent the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas but asks for...

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  • Absentee-ballot fraud scandal speaks to wider issue of racism in North Carolina

    The state elections board will not certify results in the ninth congressional race after reports of ‘ballot harvesters’ emerged One night last October, Jerry Ward, 49, was gathered with about a dozen other people at a relative’s house in downtown Bladenboro, a small city of just 1,700 souls in rural North Carolina. Then a young, white woman came to the door, asking about getting people inside to vote early in the upcoming and fiercely contested midterm elections. “It was a whole house full of us...

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  • Julián Castro calls Latinos to action amid hints of 2020 run

    Texas Democrat believes the community needs people who will ‘produce good policies’ as rumors of a presidential run swirl Julián Castro may have the worst poker face in American politics as the Democratic party prepares for an intense contest to pick someone to try and defeat Donald Trump. Is he leaning one way on whether to announce a presidential bid in coming months? “Well, yeah,” he chuckled when asked the question at a UN gathering this week. Related: ‘The party could explode’: Democrats...

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  • Now hiring for 'the worst job in government': Trump's chief of staff

    In normal times, the role of presidential gatekeeper is widely coveted. But under Trump it is seen as a poisoned chalice James Baker famously called it “the worst fucking job in government”. But it is also arguably the second most powerful, with past occupants including Dick Cheney (who blamed it for his first heart attack), Donald Rumsfeld, Leon Panetta, Rahm Emanuel and Baker himself. The White House chief of staff is the president’s gatekeeper, controlling the flow of information and access...

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  • Tony Kushner: 'Trump has a sinkhole instead of a soul'

    He has spent his life dramatising America’s angels and demons. As his civil rights musical returns to Britain, the playwright reveals all about revamping West Side Story for Spielberg – and writing a play about Trump ‘I hate watching my plays,” Tony Kushner says. “They’re all so long and they take for ever and the only one that’s not true of is Caroline. It’s two hours with intermission and I could listen to that music for ever.” Caroline is Caroline, Or Change, Kushner’s only musical. Written...

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  • Stormy Daniels ordered to pay Trump nearly $300,000 in legal fees

    Federal judge says porn star must cover attorney cost after her defamation suit against the president was dismissed The porn star Stormy Daniels must pay Donald Trump nearly $293,000 for his attorneys’ fees and another $1,000 in sanctions after her defamation suit against him was dismissed, a federal judge in Los Angeles ordered Tuesday. Trump’s attorney, Charles Harder, had requested nearly $390,000 in fees and equal amount in sanctions as a deterrent against a “repeat filer of frivolous...

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  • Pence's pensiveness: how the internet roasted the vice-president

    Mike Pence’s stiff demeanor during a White House meeting was compared to Elf on the Shelf, a wax figure and some even wondered if he was awake

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  • Pinocchio and the two Democrats: how that Trump meeting descended into farce

    The president’s heated public exchange with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer was the political equivalent of a custard pie fight It seemed to start on cordial terms, a brave new world of bipartisan dialogue on the great issues of the day, less than a week after the funeral of George HW Bush. Just kidding. Continue reading

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  • Criminal justice reform bill headed for vote after McConnell comes off fence

    Announcement is a major legislative victory for both progressive reform advocates and Donald Trump, who endorsed the bill A criminal justice reform bill with broad bipartisan support will receive a vote before the end of the current Senate session, in a major legislative victory for both progressive reform advocates and Donald Trump, who has thrown his weight behind the legislation. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that he would bring the First Step Act for a vote as...

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  • Arthur Jafa: 'I was giving people this microwave epiphany about blackness'

    In his new project, the film-maker behind Love Is the Message, the Message Is Death shifts his focus to ideas of whiteness Just days after the US presidential election in 2016, Arthur Jafa debuted his seven-minute film Love Is the Message, the Message Is Death, which won acclaim as a hugely impactful portrayal of American life. Set to Kanye West’s anthemic homily Ultralight Beam, the film oscillated between clips of ordinary black life and extraordinary violence inflicted on black bodies....

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  • Trump vows to shut down government in heated public row with Democrats

    President said he would be ‘proud’ to shut government over wall at southern border in televised meeting with Pelosi and SchumerFollow the latest in US politics liveDonald Trump has said he would be proud to shut down the US government over his demands for a wall on the border with Mexico during an extraordinary public row with top congressional Democrats in the Oval Office. In the meeting, which was scheduled to be closed to the press but was opened to reporters at the last minute, Trump...

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  • Charges dropped against woman whose baby was ripped from her by NYPD officers

    Jazmine Headley was arrested at a Brooklyn benefits office after she refused to stand up from the floor Prosecutors have dropped charges against a woman whose baby was wrenched from her arms while she was arrested by New York police officers after video footage of the incident went viral. Related: 'Appalling' video shows NYPD officers wrenching baby from mother’s arms Continue reading

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  • James Fields: jury recommends life sentence for Charlottesville murder

    Jury decided day after hearing statements from mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed when Fields drove into a crowd A jury has recommended life in prison plus 419 years for a man convicted of murder for driving his car into counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally last year. The jury made its recommendation on Tuesday, a day after listening to emotional statements from the mother of a woman who was killed and from numerous people who were injured. Continue reading

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  • Trump administration to strip pollution protections, harming vital wildlife

    List of waterways land users must obtain permits to pollute to be scaled back, which could also allow pollution in drinking water The Trump administration is planning to strip Obama-era pollution protections from thousands of US streams and millions of acres of wetlands, in a move environmentalists warn will harm vital wildlife and could allow pollution into drinking water. Related: Ex-EPA chief Scott Pruitt used personal email for government work Continue reading

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  • Markets jump on trade war breakthrough hopes, as Brexit weighs on sterling – business live

    Latest labour force data shows UK earnings have risen, as Brexit chaos weighs on the poundLatest: Shares jump as China ‘plans cut on car tariffs’Wage growth jumps to 3.3%But unemployment up by 20kIntroduction: Sterling near 20-month lows this morningMay hopes to improve deal, but Brussels sticks to its guns 3.22pm GMT Over in the eurozone, the Italian government has launched a new bid to avoid being sanctioned over its budget -- by point out that France is also breaking the rules. Italian...

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  • Google CEO testifies to Congress on political bias claims – live

    Trump to hold talks with Chuck Schumer and Nancy PelosiPelosi reportedly discussing limiting her tenure as speakerProtect independent, fact-based journalism with a year-end contribution and help us reach our $1m goal. 3.16pm GMT Google CEO Sunder Pichai has taken his seat in the House Judiciary hearing room and opening statements have begun before his testimony. 3.13pm GMT Several Democratic senators sent a letter to the White House yesterday asking questions about Fox News’s bonus payments to...

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  • Google is not politically biased, CEO Sundar Pichai to tell Congress

    Chief executive to testify before House judiciary committeePichai likely to face questions on China censorship and privacyGoogle’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, is set to testify before the House judiciary committee on Tuesday morning, three months after his company thumbed its nose at Congress by failing to appear alongside Facebook and Twitter at a Senate hearing on election interference. Pichai will probably face questions on data and privacy issues, Google’s controversial plan to build a...

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  • Courts likely to strike down Republican lame-duck power grabs, experts say

    After Democrats won governor’s races in Wisconsin and Michigan, GOP-controlled legislatures have tried to limit executive power Republicans in Wisconsin, Michigan and North Carolina suffered stinging losses in November, but the parties aren’t transferring power quietly, or at all in some cases. On the way out the door, “lame-duck” state legislatures are bringing in last-minute laws that will strip power from incoming Democrats, gut voter-approved ballot initiatives, or otherwise undermine the...

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  • Iowa considers ethics complaint against Trump's acting attorney general

    Matthew Whitaker, a former attorney in Iowa, was involved in a patent company found to be cheating investors of millions Legal authorities in Iowa are considering an ethics complaint filed against Donald Trump’s acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, over his involvement in a company that defrauded customers. The complaint accuses Whitaker of violating Iowa’s rules for attorneys through his work for World Patent Marketing. If upheld, it could ultimately result in Whitaker’s license to...

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  • Universal healthcare could save America trillions: what’s holding us back?

    A slew of studies are confirming that America can afford real universal healthcare, but some call it economically infeasible If you can’t undercut a popular proposal as undesirable, make it sound impossible. That, in any event, has been the tack of opponents of single-payer healthcare, also called improved “Medicare-for-all”. “[W]e got to get away from these falsehoods and start talking about the truth

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  • 'Blatant scare tactics': Iowa university leads crackdown on student unions

    Grinnell College filed an appeal that allows the NLRB to revisit a 2016 ruling that student workers have the right to unionize A liberal arts college in Iowa is taking a hardline anti-union approach that could put student unions at private American colleges and universities in jeopardy across the whole country. Related: Humiliation, homoeroticism and animal cruelty: inside the frathouse Continue reading

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