A despot in disguise: one mans mission to rip up democracy | George Monbiot

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James McGill Buchanans vision of totalitarian capitalism has infected public policy in the US. Now its being exported George Monbiot is a Guardian columnist Its the missing chapter: a key to understanding the politics of the past half century. To read Nancy MacLeans new book, Charles Koch. Her discoveries in that house of horrors reveal […]

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Devil’s Bargain review: Steve Bannon and the making of President Joe Pesci

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Donald Trump takes second billing careful, Steve in a propulsive tale of the Goodfellas election heist that stunned Republicans, America and the world No one leaves Donald Trumps orbit unscathed, regardless of whether they are family or help. In less than two years, Trump cycled through three campaign managers and countless staffers. Only The Devils […]

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Trials of Donald Jr turn Russia scandal into another Trump family affair

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Though the president is fiercely loyal to his children, some observers wonder if deepening and dangerous controversy might test such bonds to breaking point It was an unseasonably cool day in New York. At 1.50pm on 9 June, Hillary Clinton tweeted that Barack Obama was backing her for US president. Half an hour later, Donald […]

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Be wary: Trump and Putin could yet bring democracy to a halt | Joseph ONeill

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If Russia may wield the same influence in the midterm elections as the presidential campaign, warns novelist Joseph ONeill In November next year the UnitedStates will hold its midterm elections. Every seat in the House of Representatives, and a third of the seats in the Senate, will be up for grabs. For the Democratic party […]

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How climate scepticism turned into something more dangerous

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The long read: Doubts about the science are being replaced by doubts about the motives of scientists and their political supporters. Once this kind of cynicism takes hold, is there any hope for the truth? Last month Climate change is the defining political issue of our times and not simply because of the risks we […]

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The great American fallout: how small towns came to resent cities

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Its no secret Donald Trump benefited from rural voters. But Democrat or Republican, they usually tell Katherine Cramer who has spent a decade visiting residents of small-town Wisconsin the same thing: its the cities that get all the breaks, and then have the gall to look down on them, too Joes voice takes on a […]

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2020 vision? Kamala Harris oversight role gives Democrats a new rising star

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The California senators competence and composure in the face of Republican criticism has stirred feelings that she could be a contender in three years time Kamala Harris, the Democratic junior senator from California, waited nearly two hours for her turn to question Jeff Sessions. The attorney general was appearing before the Senate intelligence committee to […]

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Arrests at violent Berkeley Trump protests while tax marches stay calm

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On day of protest, police make 13 arrests as pro-Trump crowd clashes with anti-fascists in California and thousands call for financial disclosure elsewhere Hundreds of self-described anti-fascist protesters and supporters of Donald Trump clashed in Berkeley, California, in sporadic brawls on Saturday. Protests in cities around the rest of the country, including a number of […]

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Kansas election: Ron Estes scrapes Republican victory deep in Trump heartland

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Both president and Mike Pence joined last-minute effort to get out vote in Congressional election that hinted voter loyalty may be shifting A feeble win for a Republican in a special congressional election in deep Donald Trump country on Tuesday hung tantalizingly, for Democrats, as a potential signal of voter discontent with the president and […]

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Kellyanne Conway’s husband is Trump pick for justice department post report

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Wall Street Journal says George Conway will head civil division, though White House and Department of Justice do not confirm choice Donald Trump has chosen the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway to head the civil division of the Justice Department, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. George Conway was chosen to lead […]

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