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Where There’s Trump, There’s Fired

Where There’s Trump, There’s Fired

After months of talk about what it would take to get Trump impeached, analysts are calling this the “smoking gun” that could actually bring his downfall.

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‘Theresa May is a classic phony Brexiter’

‘Theresa May is a classic phony Brexiter’

As recently as late April, with the Labour Party in disarray and its leftist leader Jeremy Corbyn deemed unelectable, the polls were putting the Tories twenty points ahead and telling May that her coronation was inevitable.

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Claire Provost: A ‘spiritual war’ for the ‘traditional family.’

Claire Provost: A ‘spiritual war’ for the ‘traditional family.’

In a darkened hall at the Budapest Congress Centre, an image of the classic American TV show, The Brady Bunch, appears illuminated on a giant screen.

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Ivanka’s role is tempering a man who doesn’t work…

Ivanka’s role is tempering a man who doesn’t work…

President Trump reached out to President Duterte on the phone, requesting a visit.

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If you’re not yet radical, you haven’t been paying attention

If you’re not yet radical, you haven’t been paying attention

There seems to be a consensus that we are in a political crisis. I don’t dispute the claim, but I would suggest that this crisis predates Brexit by a long way.

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A Cold Take on Comey’s Firing

A Cold Take on Comey’s Firing

Until the American media and public stop simply lurching from one outrage to the next, with apparently no cumulative wisdom or even memory, we will continue to live in an outrageous political reality.

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Old Identitarians

Old Identitarians

When we imagine the alt-right insurgency, we likely envision an army of Richard Spencers: angry white men with fashy haircuts marching under the banner of Pepe the Frog.

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Desperation Outweighed Apprehension

Desperation Outweighed Apprehension

In the Old World, the principal reason why populism of the right typically outpaces populism of the left is widespread fear of immigration

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‘The underfunding of healthcare in the UK is a political decision’

‘The underfunding of healthcare in the UK is a political decision’

My first home visit of the day was to a 97-year-old woman who just ‘wasn’t right’. Her daughter had phoned around ten, while I was still doing the morning clinic. Between patients I’d noticed her name pop up on the screen.

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In Italy’s centre-left, the hyphen is morphing into a wide blank space

In Italy’s centre-left, the hyphen is morphing into a wide blank space

The centre-right is still leaderless. The future is very uncertain for everyone. As a show, Italian politics is never dull – especially now.

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X: A Machine to End All Machines

X: A Machine to End All Machines

Can you feel it coming? The machine? Can you feel it, can you see it from your high window, beneath the yellow sun, in the distance, furrowing beneath that black soil as it makes its way toward you?

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Davos is particularly fond of borrowing authoritarian capitalist ideas…

Davos is particularly fond of borrowing authoritarian capitalist ideas…

While it’s easy to see how this establishment structure could provoke an uprising, two developments over the last decade have made it especially susceptible.

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‘At the heart of this game of betrayal is trust’

‘At the heart of this game of betrayal is trust’

A former MI6 agent is commissioned, by the opposition, to investigate an American presidential campaign that most people regard as a joke. He uncovers an international conspiracy led by the Russian secret services to put their man in the White House.

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“Room exists for political manoeuvre”

“Room exists for political manoeuvre”

Jürgen Habermas: The Left must regain the initiative and offer a credible response the destructive forces of unbridled capitalism.

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What Obama Saw in the Fabulous Five

What Obama Saw in the Fabulous Five

When Barack Obama was 10, his father gave him a basketball, a gift that connected the two directly. Obama was born in 1961 in Hawaii and raised by his mother, Ann Dunham, who was white.

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