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Opinion: Six myths about the U.S. economy that are just plain wrong

Your view on the economy affects most of your decisions in life, from how you invest and how you vote, to how much you spend in restaurants. So it’s too bad that a lot of what you “know” about the economy is probably just plain wrong. Think I’m wrong? Well, here’s my challenge to you: See how many of the ...

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Can the 2016 election be rigged? You bet

Donald Trump has said publicly that he fears the next election will be rigged. Based both on technical capability and recent history, Trump’s concerns are not unfounded. A recent study by Stanford University proved that Hillary Clinton’s campaign rigged the system to steal the nomination from Bernie Sanders. What was done to Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin is stunning. Why would ...

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The past, present and future of Trumpism

In his excellent analysis of the roots of Trumpism in the American intellectual right, Timothy Shenk (The long read, 16 August) says that for a long time the only major study of James Burnham’s book The Managerial Revolution was Samuel Francis’s Power and History. Yet in summer 1946, in a devastating essay, George Orwell demolished Burnham and his ideas. Orwell’s ...

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Donald Trump’s solution to his predictions of a ‘rigged’ election? Hand-picked observers

In television interviews and on the stump, Donald Trump has begun warning of a “rigged” November election that would benefit Hillary Clinton. The Republican nominee’s newfound solution? Election observers. Trump is seeking volunteers for polling places on election day, asking, “Help me stop ‘Crooked Hillary’ from rigging this election!” (Once supporters sign up to become observers, they are then directed ...

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US election 2016: Six reasons it will make history

It took a while, but now we finally know which two candidates will fight it out in the race for the White House. Donald Trump will be the Republican candidate, something few would have predicted a little more than 12 months ago. And after the Democrats’ convention in Philadelphia, we know Hillary Clinton will be their candidate. Whatever happens from ...

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Whisky Galore! review – twee, comfy-cardigan film-making | Film

The Edinburgh film festival kicked off with Tommy’s Honour, a gently old-fashioned yarn about a 19th-century Scottish golf champion that may have induced mild stirrings of patriotism. Now the festival is aiming to repeat the trick with a remake of Alexander Mackendrick’s fondly remembered 1949 Ealing comedy Whisky Galore!, an adaptation of Compton Mackenzie’s novel that itself drew on real ...

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The Salesman review: Asghar Farhadi offers layers of Willy Loman | Film

The appearance in Cannes of Asghar Farhadi’s interesting if contrived drama Forushande, or The Salesman, is a moment to ponder if a new genre of world cinema is being born: The Haneke/Antonioni Shock Event. Some nice, complacent middle-class people tootle along with their lives and then they’re sideswiped by a horrible event — mysterious, anonymous and malevolent —which shatters their ...

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Personal Shopper review: Kristen Stewart’s psychic spooker is a must-have | Film

Is Kristen Stewart the fifth ghostbuster? Questions like that are liable to pop into your mind watching this captivating, bizarre, tense, fervently preposterous and almost unclassifiable scary movie from Olivier Assayas. It’s a film which delivers the bat-squeak of pure craziness that we long for at Cannes, although at the first screening some very tiresome people continued the festival’s tradition ...

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The Lure: mermaid musical a splashy distraction until lack of story seems fishy | Film

Agnieszka Smoczynska’s tale of sibling mermaids could possibly be the strangest film in this year’s world cinema competition. Marta Mazurek and Michalina Olszanska star as two sirens, Golden (Olszanska) and Silver (Mazurek), who swap swimming, seduction and hunting men for a life as star turns at a seedy gentleman’s club. Looked after by the club’s matriarch Krysia (played by Kinga ...

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Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto review – 13 Cate Blanchetts in search of a meaning | Film

There’s a clinking of champagne glasses, and Cate Blanchett moves to address an affluent crowd. Reading from cue cards in her hand, she praises the great art vortex and describes the poor as detestable animals. “The past and future are the prostitutes nature has provided,” she adds. The crowd chuckles politely. The scene plays out on one of 13 screens ...

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