Tobacco companies tighten hold on Washington under Trump

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Top White House figures including the vice-president and health secretary have deep ties to an industry whose donations began pouring in on day one Tobacco companies have moved swiftly to strengthen their grip on Washington politics, ramping up lobbying efforts and securing significant regulatory wins in the first six months of the Trump era. series […]

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Naomi Klein: how power profits from disaster

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The long read: After a crisis, private contractors move in and suck up funding for work done badly, if at all then those billions get cut from government budgets. Like Grenfell Tower, Hurricane Katrina revealed a disdain for the poor There have been times in my reporting from disaster zones when I have had the […]

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Russia investigation: Mike Pence hires personal legal counsel

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Pences office confirmed he retained Richard Cullen to assist him in responding to inquiries by special counsel Robert Mueller Vice president Mike Pence has hired outside legal counsel to oversee his response to investigations into possible inquiries by special counsel Robert Mueller. The vice president is focused entirely on his duties and promoting the presidents […]

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Mike Pence reaffirms ‘historical alliance’ between US and Australia in Turnbull meeting

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US vice president is expected to smooth relations between Washington and Canberra after Januarys strained phone call between Trump and Turnbull North Korea, the war in Syria and trade are all expected to be discussed during US vice president Mike Pences whirlwind weekend visit to Australia. Americas second most powerful man met Malcolm Turnbull in […]

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What do Donald Trump’s Twitter tastes tell us about him?

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Trump follows Bill OReilly and Piers Morgan, but top Republicans Rudy Giuliani and Paul Ryan dont make the cut his list, its like your dad joined Twitter to find out what all the fuss was about, followed his direct relatives and everyone in his book club, then got bored. It has a sudden, inorganic feel, […]

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Trump aides threaten hard line as Cuba steps into the unknown

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After president-elect campaigned for embargos to return, warmer US-Cuba relations of Obama era threatened The Cuban government must give greater freedom to its people and something in return to the US if it wants to keep the new era of warmer relations with Washington alive, top aides to Donald Trump warned on Sunday, as the […]

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The dangerous fantasy behind Trumps normalisation

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Boris Johnson has urged people to snap out of the doom and gloom. Yet this situation is not normal. Convincing ourselves the president-elect doesnt mean everything he says is a fantasy that stops us seeing Trumpism for the barbarism it is It was David Remnick, editor of the New Yorker, who crystallised the situation into […]

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Kaine and Pence: two Catholic-inspired visions with little else in common

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Both VP nominees were raised as Catholics but while Democrat Kaine was influenced by liberation theology, Pence was born again as an evangelical Tim Kaine and Mike Pence were born just a year apart and grew up in the kind of traditional Irish Catholic families that went to mass regularly and revered John F Kennedy. […]

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Court rejects Pence’s efforts to deter refugees as ‘nightmare speculation’

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Donald Trumps running mate, the governor of Indiana, has sought to prevent resettlement of Syrian people on the basis of terrorism fears A federal appeals court has issued a stinging ruling dismissing as nightmare speculation Indiana governor Mike Pences attempt to deter efforts launched by Donald Trumps running mate in the wake of last Novembers […]

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