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45 on the Line

45 on the Line

The White House on Wednesday released a "memorandum" documenting the July 25 conversation between the president and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Adam Staley Groves: Debate Number Three

Adam Staley Groves: Debate Number Three

It’s only debate number three, so the recent lefting by candidates is familiar babble, with a slight disquiet. In a recent video, pressing back against the press, Speaker Nancy had...

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A Tinpot Dictatorship?

A Tinpot Dictatorship?

Given the extent to which the Brexit campaign has undermined Britain's institutions through lies, it is reasonable to worry that the country will soon come to resemble a tinpot dictatorship.

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Defending Parliamentary Sovereignty

Defending Parliamentary Sovereignty

Johnson has said he will refuse to act on MPs’ wishes, that he will simply not request such an extension from Brussels. To avoid the MPs’ instruction, he would rather empty out the current House of Commons...

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Bumbling Brexit

Bumbling Brexit

In his only novel, Seventy-Two Virgins, published in 2004, Boris Johnson uses a strange word. The hero, like Johnson himself at the time, is a backbench Conservative member of the House of Commons.

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Debating the Debates

Debating the Debates

Former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm sighed after the second group of 10 Democratic presidential candidates finished the second night of the the second round of the exercises that the Democratic National Committee refers to as “debates.”

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The ups and downs and clashes of Western civilization

The ups and downs and clashes of Western civilization

Recently, Javier Ortega Smith, the leader of Vox, the populist radical right party in Spain, came under scrutiny for language that Spanish Attorney General Luis Navajas called "abominable"...

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Yang IRL

Yang IRL

Part of running for President is the contest to tell the best story about the problems of the country.

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Adam Staley Groves: Remember Hope?

Adam Staley Groves: Remember Hope?

After watching the first Democratic debates, from which this party will nominate its candidate for President of the United States, I was happily unnerved...

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Drifting as Fabulating

Drifting as Fabulating

No one expected the final stage of the Conservative party leadership contest to be a staid and dignified affair. The Tories are now more spectacle than party, more farcical roadshow than government.

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Jennifer Seaman Cook: Time is Running Out

Jennifer Seaman Cook: Time is Running Out

Today, we find ourselves encountering a new Southern strategy that appeals, in addition to old racist division, to isolating the structural violence of women, as if the issues of unwanted pregnancy, poverty...

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Bailout Ducked

Bailout Ducked

Ten years ago today, the Telegraph began publishing, in daily instalments, the expense claims made by British MPs over the previous four years. 

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Privatspanarna are still hard at work…

Privatspanarna are still hard at work…

On the last night of February 1986, the Swedish prime minister Olof Palme and his wife, Lisbet, were strolling home through downtown Stockholm.

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Medha Singh’s India Elections Diary #3: India and her Soul

Medha Singh’s India Elections Diary #3: India and her Soul

The final phase of voting in India recently concluded with approximately 62% turnout. If one is to pay attention to the outrageous exit polls, it looks like the joke is going to be on me...

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Educational elitism isn’t going away without a fight

Educational elitism isn’t going away without a fight

When the headmaster of Stowe argued that the widening participation measures to raise the proportion of state school students were "social engineering"...

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Medha Singh’s India Elections Diary #2: Endless Comedy

Medha Singh’s India Elections Diary #2: Endless Comedy

With the most expensive elections in the world taking place as we speak, comes a raucous confusion around funds and bribes. Are they distinguishable at all?

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Medha Singh’s India Elections Diary #1: Introductions

Medha Singh’s India Elections Diary #1: Introductions

Indian democracy, it is said, is the largest democracy in the world. It grants its Members of Parliament (MPs) the freedom to whack Members of Legislative Assemblies (MLAs) with flip flops in public to settle the odd disagreement...

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Entering Brexit Britain

Entering Brexit Britain

I was 25 when I first set foot in Britain in 1995, incidentally the same year Bill Bryson published his bestselling travelogue Notes from a Small Island. Voted by BBC Radio 4 listeners...

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Eli S. Evans: Identity Politics

Eli S. Evans: Identity Politics

Here’s the question everyone else keeps asking themselves (ourselves), and each other, and, I suppose, in the case of certain reporters who dare to engage them directly, the actual people under consideration: Why, regardless, of what he does, do they keep supporting this man?

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Antisemitism Weaponised

Antisemitism Weaponised

I’m not arguing that centre-right and right-wing critics of antisemitism are antisemitic, but their campaign has a ferocious hygiene about it that carries unpleasant and ironic resonances...

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