Politics

It’s been a grim year – but what if Britain had never voted for Brexit? | Jack Bernhardt | Opinion

Happy Independence Day, everyone! Can you believe it was just one year ago today that we all unanimously took the monumentally brave decision to put our hand inside a toaster and set that bad boy to hard Brexit? The world certainly has changed in the last 365 days – we’ve got a new prime minister, a new US president and ...

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Being Donald Trump: the life of an impersonator | US news

John Di Domenico looks nothing like Donald Trump: he’s 17 years younger, several inches shorter and a natural brunet, though lately he keeps his head shaved to make putting on the coppery wig easier, and his eyebrows bleached to match. Becoming Trump requires a full hour of hair and makeup. He tapes three large photographs of the president, one in ...

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A place called 'hope', island, frontline, US-China, tensions

A place called ‘hope’: the tiny island on the frontline of US-China tensions | World news

On the horizon, the azure sea water stops and the white, concrete structures of the Chinese military base rise up. “Sometimes we get nervous because we are only civilians. If they invade the island, they can harm us. They can do whatever they want,” says Romeo Malaguit, a fisherman and father of two, who lives on the nearby Philippine-claimed island ...

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Fears, reciprocal, rights, EU, citizens and Britons abroad

Fears grow for reciprocal rights of EU citizens and Britons abroad

Theresa May’s promised “generous offer” on EU citizens’ rights at the start of the Brexit talks this week will fall short of protection of the status quo, meaning a difficult start to the negotiations, officials in Brussels fear. The British government is yet to provide any documents relating to its proposal regarding the 3.1 million EU citizens living in the UK, ...

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Donald Trump under investigation for potential obstruction of justice

Donald Trump is reportedly being investigated for potential obstruction of justice by the special counsel looking into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. This marks the first time that the investigation, which has hung over Trump since his inauguration, has potentially implicated the president himself. The Washington Post reported on Wednesday night that the federal investigation into the Trump ...

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Most Americans believe Trump tried to interfere with Russia investigation: poll

A clear majority of Americans believe Donald Trump has tried to interfere with the investigation into Russia’s alleged election meddling and possible Trump campaign collusion, a new poll shows. Just one in five support his decision to oust James Comey from the FBI. Following Comey’s appearance before Congress last week, an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll shows ...

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US sending almost 4,000 extra forces to Afghanistan, Trump official says

The Pentagon will send almost 4,000 additional American forces to Afghanistan, according to a Trump administration official, an attempt to break a stalemate in a war that has now passed to a third US commander-in-chief. The decision by defense secretary Jim Mattis could be announced as early as next week, the official said, and will be the largest deployment of ...

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Russia investigation: Mike Pence hires personal legal counsel

Vice president Mike Pence has hired outside legal counsel to oversee his response to investigations into possible collusion between Russia and president Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. Pence’s office confirmed on Thursday that he retained Richard Cullen, chairman of McGuireWoods LLP, to assist him in responding to inquiries by special counsel Robert Mueller. “The vice president is focused entirely on his ...

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Senate approves new Russia sanctions as punishment for meddling in election

The Senate has approved new sanctions against Russia, as punishment after it was found to have meddled in the 2016 presidential election. The legislation also restricts the White House from easing sanctions without congressional approval. The amendment on Russia, which passed in a 97-2 vote on Wednesday, was attached to a bill to strengthen sanctions on Iran. It codifies existing ...

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Republican senators nearly done drafting secretive healthcare proposal

Republican senators are closing in on a draft proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. But that’s about all lawmakers will say about their plan to overhaul the American healthcare system – an effort that will affect millions of Americans and impact one-sixth of the US economy. For weeks, since the House passed legislation to dismantle major pieces ...

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