‘Today I renounce my membership’: Longtime GOP strategist Steve Schmidt announces he’s leaving the party

Republican strategist Steve Schmidt, a senior adviser to the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), announced early Wednesday that he is leaving the Republican Party, which he decried as “fully the party of Trump”... Read More

What I couldn’t stop thinking about as I watched Trump on ‘Fox & Friends’

Under a brilliant morning sun, President Trump strode out of the White House and onto “Pebble Beach” for an “exclusive” interview with “Fox & Friends.” For 30 minutes, he held forth as lies and authoritarian utterances... Read More

Riling Up the Base May Backfire on Trump

Political commentators and strategists write with some awe of President Trump’s outrageous, gutsy strategy of ginning up his base with one more attack on black athletes, one more crackdown on Central American mothers and children... Read More

UK summer barbecues threatened by shortage of carbon dioxide

World Cup barbecues may be under threat as beers, fizzy drinks and meat producers warn of potential shortages caused by a lack of CO2. The British Retail Consortium has written to major retailers informing them... Read More

Op Ed: Ghosts are Invading – ‘For God’s Sake’

by The Rev. Dr. Britt Minshall Ancient ghosts are invading our world. Jack Cade lived in 1450 A.D., that’s 570 years ago. But he is now alive and well and up to his old tricks.... Read More

Trump escalates China trade war, threatens tariffs on $200 billion in products

President Trump threatened Monday to levy tariffs on nearly all of China’s products shipped to the United States unless Beijing agrees to a host of sweeping trade concessions, a dramatic escalation that would enlist American... Read More

Half of workers think Britain has a ‘class ceiling’

Half of UK workers believe a regional accent and a working class background are barriers to success, according to a new study that revealed working class representation in leadership roles is as low as 17%.... Read More

Nielsen becomes face of Trump’s border separations

Kirstjen Nielsen, President Donald Trump’s secretary of Homeland Security, emerged on Monday as the face of the administration’s “zero tolerance” border policy — though internally, she is not seen as a supporter. Nielsen made a... Read More

Trump directs DOD to create of ‘space force’ as sixth military branch

“I am hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces,” Trump said during a meeting of... Read More

Donald Trump Goes Rogue

When President Trump walked out early from the meeting of the Group of Seven in Charlevoix, Quebec, on June 9th, he left the group’s collective statement without an American signature. It was hardly a controversial... Read More

Judge rejects Kansas voter law, orders classes for Kobach

“If eligible Kansans’ votes are not counted despite believing they are registered to vote, it erodes confidence in the electoral system,” Robinson wrote. She ordered Kobach not to enforce the #proof of citizenship law and... Read More

British fruit-growers say they are short of pickers this summer

Strawberry and other soft fruit farmers are warning of potential shortages because they are struggling to find enough workers to pick fruit. The British Summer Fruits (BSF) trade body said its members were 10% to... Read More

Jeff Session uses scripture as a text of terror

by Rev. Irene Monroe Christians like U. S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions like to smugly recite biblical scripture to promulgate their self-righteous acts of discrimination. In defending Trump’s indefensible policy of separating children from their... Read More

How Anti-Immigration Passion Was Inflamed From the Fringe

WASHINGTON — Jeff Sessions and Stephen Miller spent years on the political fringe in the nation’s capital as high-decibel immigration hard-liners, always warning about the dangers of open borders but rarely in a position to... Read More

Brexit row: GCHQ chief stresses UK’s role in foiling European terror plots

Britain supplied key information to help break up terrorist operations in four European countries in the last year, one of its intelligence chiefs revealed on Tuesday, as the UK upped the ante in the growing... Read More

President Trump seems to be saying more and more things that aren’t true

He’s done it on Twitter. He’s done it in the White House driveway. And he’s done it in a speech to a business group. President Trump — a man already known for trafficking in mistruths and... Read More

US is poised to announce an exit from UN human rights council

The Trump administration announced its departure from the United Nations’ main human rights body Tuesday, its latest withdrawal from an international institution. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki... Read More

Rudy Giuliani Says FBI Questioned Him On Leaks That Hurt Clinton Campaign

WASHINGTON ― Rudy Giuliani says FBI agents interviewed him in his room at the Trump International Hotel earlier this year regarding his 2016 remarks predicting a “surprise” in the closing days of the presidential race... Read More

Democrats intensify fight for immigrant children — and bludgeon Trump and Republicans ahead of midterms

Democrats expanded their campaign Sunday to spotlight the Trump administration’s forced separation of migrant children from their families at the U.S. border, trying to compel a change of policy and gain political advantage five months... Read More

Jeremy Hunt: NHS cash boost is not dependent on Brexit dividend

Jeremy Hunt has conceded that having a Brexit dividend to partly finance an increase in NHS spending will depend on the economy outstripping forecasts, as he pledged the £20bn in extra annual funding would be... Read More

Poll: Republicans Approve of Trump’s Family Separation Policy

The images and stories that have resulted from the policy have ignited a firestorm around the politics of immigration once again. Nearly every day, voters have been confronted with heart wrenching stories about immigrant childrenbeing... Read More

‘Grenfell’ cladding: couple sue after flat value drops from £600,000 to £90,000

A family who have seen the value of their London flat slashed from £600,000 to just £90,000 because of Grenfell-style cladding will sue a government agency that helped them buy their home. They are the... Read More

Leading Republicans Join Democrats in Pushing Trump to Halt Family Separations

WASHINGTON — Leading figures of both parties demanded on Sunday that President Trump halt his administration’s practice of separating children from their parents when apprehended at the border, as the issue further polarized the already... Read More

Laura Bush: Separating children from their parents at the border ‘breaks my heart’

Laura Bush is a former first lady of the United States. On Sunday, a day we as a nation set aside to honor fathers and the bonds of family, I was among the millions of... Read More

A Financier’s Profit-Minded Mission to Open a Channel Between Kushner and North Korea

WASHINGTON — An American financier approached the Trump administration last summer with an unusual proposition: The North Korean government wanted to talk to Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser. The financier, Gabriel Schulze,... Read More

‘When are Republicans going to stand up to Trump? Never.’ Here’s why

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s White House presents a daily tableau of chaos, falsehoods, caustic attacks, and allegations of corruption. But despite his stormy and impulsive management style — and in some ways, because of it... Read More

Tory rebellions against May’s Brexit plans ‘could bring down government’

Tory rebels against Theresa May’s Brexit plans could ultimately collapse the government, Dominic Grieve has said, ahead of another key week in parliament over the EU withdrawal bill. Grieve, the former attorney general, has said... Read More

To the Press, after 18 Months of Trump

by Robert  Reich 1. Stop treating Trump’s tweets as news. 2. Don’t believe a single word that comes out of his mouth. 3. Don’t fall for the reality-TV spectacles he creates. (For example, his meeting... Read More

How Trump Came to Enforce a Practice of Separating Migrant Families

WASHINGTON — Almost immediately after President Trump took office, his administration began weighing what for years had been regarded as the nuclear option in the effort to discourage immigrants from unlawfully entering the United States.... Read More

Theresa May under fire over NHS ‘Brexit dividend’ claim

Theresa May is under pressure to justify how a so-called Brexit dividend could help pay for a planned £20bn annual funding rise for the NHS, as her announcement on extra health spending was met with... Read More