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Sick children moved as NHS intensive care units run out of beds

Dr Damian Roland, a consultant in paediatrics at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS trust, said that his unit was full on Saturday morning, and expressed his frustration at the lack of resources, although he appealed... Read More
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Ellison, Kerry to DNC?

by Brent Budowsky Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), to his credit, surprised the political establishment and endorsed Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) to be the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Schumer’s move suggests that... Read More
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Boris Johnson plays down prospect of EU payments after Brexit

“There are pressures around the world, people who want to pull up the drawbridge and we have got to fight against them and that is the way to global growth,” he said.   He said... Read More
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Trump May Pick Longest Serving U.S. Governor as China Ambassador

“I am not ruling anything out,” Branstad said on Nov. 19 at an annual fundraiser, the Des Moines Register reported. “But you know my focus has always been here on #Iowa and I want to... Read More
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Trump is surrounding himself with generals. That’s dangerous.

Trump was often dismissive of military leaders during his campaign. He boasted that he knew more than the generals did about fighting the Islamic State. He repeatedly criticized them for broadcasting their attack strategies before... Read More
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‘Don’t play identity politics!’ The primal scream of the straight white male

An intriguing theory has recently taken hold, fast calcifying into received wisdom. Hillary Clinton, so it goes, lost the US election because she “played identity politics”.   This idea has been enthusiastically endorsed by, among... Read More
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Trump, Cabinet could avoid millions in taxes thanks to this little-known law

President-elect Donald Trump’s ultra-wealthy Cabinet nominees will be able to avoid paying millions of dollars in taxes in the coming weeks when they sell some of their holdings to avoid conflicts of interest in their... Read More
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Adele tickets appear online for £9,000 despite singer’s efforts to stop touts

Hundreds of tickets to see Adele in concert next summer have appeared on resale websites for up to £9,000, despite a concerted effort by the singer to battle touts.   Tickets for the upcoming dates... Read More

NYT standards editor defines ‘alt-right’: It’s ‘anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic and anti-feminist’

Throughout the 2016 election, newsrooms struggled with the appropriate way to define “alt-right”—the fringe right-wing movement that helped propel Donald Trump to the presidency. Now, as news organizations adjust to a future with President Trump,... Read More
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Customer Excellence Journey Part 21. On Being Authentic

This is The Monday Line by Denis G. Campbell A young male dancer in the stage show ‘A Chorus Line’ takes his place on ‘the line.’ As everyone hands in their photos and resumes, he... Read More
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Edward Heath child abuse investigation ‘not a witch-hunt’

The chief constable of the force investigating claims that Sir Edward Heath sexually abused children has vowed not to buckle under “unacceptable” media pressure, insisting the investigation into the late prime minister is not a... Read More
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Democrats need to focus on the gut, not the head

As Democrats contemplate their losses in November’s election, most have settled on a solution. They believe that the party needs more economically populist policies. But this misses an essential reality: Most people don’t vote on... Read More

Mississippi woman knocked unconscious in Kroger baking aisle for asking how to make a pie

A Mississippi woman said that she was assaulted in a Kroger grocery store because she asked a man how to make a pie.   Nia Jones told WMC that she visited a Kroger store in... Read More

Trump booster Scottie Nell Hughes gets blasted on NPR after saying ‘there’s no such thing as facts’

an appearance on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show on Wednesday, Trump spokesperson Scottie Nell Hughes asserted that in today’s information landscape, “There are no such things as facts.”   She was appearing alongside Atlantic editor... Read More
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‘Middle class’ Church of England failing to listen to the poor, says bishop

The bishop of Burnley has lambasted the Church of England for adopting a “middle class culture” and failing to listen to the marginalised working class voices behind the vote for Brexit.   The church had... Read More

Trump’s Carrier deal could permanently damage American capitalism

What about Carrier? The president-elect of the United States decided in a purely ad hoc basis that he wanted Carrier to remain in #Indiana. He deployed some combination of carrots and sticks at his disposal... Read More
CNN contributor gets real about Trump’s ‘unity’ doublespeak: I never liked ‘the son of a b*tch’

CNN contributor gets real about Trump’s ‘unity’ doublespeak: I never liked ‘the son of a b*tch’

“He’s in charge,” Gergen noted. “And he has a lot of support in the Congress. That kind of speech will fire up his base, and it’s going to leave a lot of other people—”  ... Read More
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Richmond Park byelection: Tory Brexit voters switched to us, say Lib Dems | Politics | The Guardian

The Liberal Democrats secured a stunning byelection victory to unseat Zac Goldsmith by convincing up to a third of leave-supporting Tory voters to switch to the party, Tim Farron has claimed, adding that the outcome... Read More
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Why Trump Would Almost Certainly Be Violating the Constitution If He Continues to Own His Businesses

The meaning of the Emoluments Clause is fairly clear. And it all goes back to a diamond-encrusted snuffbox Ben Franklin got from Louis XVI. by Richard Tofel ProPublica Far from ending with President-elect Trump’s announcement... Read More
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Bank of England must be wary of interest rate rise, says chief economist

The Bank of England should be wary of rushing into interest rate rises to curb #inflation, according to its chief economist, in a warning that the UK economy is vulnerable to a sharper slowdown next... Read More
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Trump supporters aggressively challenge Stein recount efforts in three states

Stein has raised concerns about possible hacking or other irregularities in the vote in the three states, but has presented no evidence of malfeasance. Election officials in all three states have expressed confidence in their... Read More

Covering politics in a “post-truth” America

For the last two decades, the rules of political reporting have been blown up. And I’ve cheered at every step along the way. Not for me the mourning over the dismantling of the old order, all... Read More
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Trump voter lost home, blames incoming Treasury secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — When #Donald Trump named his Treasury secretary, Teena Colebrook felt her heart sink.   She had voted for the president-elect on the belief that he would knock the moneyed elites from their... Read More
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£5 animal fat bank note: British vegetarians being ‘stupid’ says inventor

The new five pound note is said to be stronger, cleaner and safer, but vegans and vegetarians are calling for it to be replaced. Photograph: Frank Augstein/AP   “The new STG5 notes contain animal fat... Read More
Nigel Farage whines Obama didn’t pay enough attention to UK: He thought ‘Germany was most important’

Nigel Farage whines Obama didn’t pay enough attention to UK: He thought ‘Germany was most important’

https://youtu.be/FUy1ClHUabE Over the last few weeks, President-Elect Donald Trump has announced he’s appointing a former Goldman Sachs executive to head the Treasury Department and a billionaire to handle the Department of Education. Tapper asked Farage... Read More
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Minimum UK alcohol pricing gets backing of official health advisers

A review commissioned by the government from its health advisers has concluded that ministers should introduce minimum unit pricing of alcohol to tackle the grim medical, economic and social toll of drink-related harm.   The... Read More
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Trump’s Trickle-Down Populism

by Robert Reich Last Thursday President-elect Donald Trump triumphantly celebrated Carrier’s decision to reverse its plan to close a furnace plant and move jobs to Mexico. Some 800 jobs will remain in Indianapolis. “Corporate America... Read More
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Andrew Sachs, Manuel from Fawlty Towers, dies aged 86

Andrew Sachs, the actor best known for playing Manuel the bemused Spanish waiter abused by John Cleese’s bullying hotelier in the BBC comedy series Fawlty Towers, has died aged 86.   Cleese led tributes to... Read More
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Obama considering post-presidential digital media career, sources say

President Barack Obama has been discussing a post-presidential career in digital media and is considering launching his own media company, according to multiple sources who spoke on background because they were not authorized to speak... Read More
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Trump speaks with Taiwanese president, a major break with decades of U.S. policy on China

President-elect Donald Trump spoke Friday with Taiwan’s president, a major departure from decades of U.S. policy in Asia and a breach of diplomatic protocol with ramifications for the incoming president’s relations with China.   Trump... Read More