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Rushing to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, McConnell shows power trumps principle | Robert Reich
The justice who died on Friday night stood for the integrity of democracy. The Senate leader stands only for Republican gains People in public life tend to fall into one of two broad categories – those motivated by principle, and those motivated by power. Related: How Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death could affect Senate races – and Trump v Biden Continue reading...
Leak reveals $2tn of possibly corrupt US financial activity
Among those named in reports is Paul Manafort, former political strategist for Donald Trump Thousands of documents detailing $2 trillion (£1.55tn) of potentially corrupt transactions that were washed through the US financial system have been leaked to an international group of investigative journalists. The leak focuses on more than 2,000 suspicious activity reports (SARs) filed with the US gover
QAnon conspiracists believe in a vast pedophile ring. The truth is sadder | Moira Donegan
Rather than confront the reality of child abuse, Trump fans have dreamed up an elaborate fiction to justify their support for a morally indefensible president In recent weeks the groups have moved offline and into the real world, using their Facebook pages to organize in-person rallies outside tourist attractions like the Big Red Wagon in Spokane, Washington, and the state capitol building in Sal

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More than two years after disappearing in a huge swell at Waimea Bay, Doug Falter’s board was found near the remote island of Sarangani When big wave surfer Doug Falter lost his board in a wipeout in Hawaii, his best hope was for a local fisherman to pick it up. He never imagined it would be found more than 8,000km (5,000 miles) away in the southern Philippines. But more than two years after watc
Anthony Davis's buzzer beater for Lakers breaks Nuggets' hearts in NBA West finals
Western Conference finals Game 2: Nuggets 103-105 Lakers Los Angeles lead best-of seven series 2-0 after late stunner Anthony Davis made a three-pointer as time expired to give the Los Angeles Lakers a 105-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. AD lines up and KNOCKS DOWN the triple to WIN Game 2 of the WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS! #Tiss
'Follow your conscience,' Biden urges Republicans as Trump pushes for supreme court nominee – video
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden makes a plea to Senate Republicans, asking them to 'follow their conscience' and defy president Donald Trump's push to name his nominee for the supreme court ahead of November's election. Trump says he plans to nominate a women for the seat as soon as possible, after Ruth Bader Ginsburg died aged 87 six weeks out from the US election. 'I appeal to those f
Bryson DeChambeau does it all his own way and lands the US Open title
First major championship for 27-year-old Californian Overnight leader Wolff finishes second, six shots back The whingeing, whining and gnashing of teeth over this US Open’s outcome promise to be more entertaining than the closing stages of its 120th edition. Bryson DeChambeau is a major winner. He holds as many US Open titles as Tom Watson and Gary Player, which is one more than Seve Ballesteros
Second Republican senator says there should be no supreme court vote before election
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska joined Susan Collins in opposition to Mitch McConnell but he can afford one more defection Biden accuses Republicans of historic abuse of power Alaska Republican senator Lisa Murkowski said on Sunday she would not support efforts to confirm Donald Trump’s third supreme court pick before the presidential election on 3 November. The move came a day after Susan Collins of Ma
Patriots and Cam Newton come up just short in loss to Seahawks
Cowboys beat Falcons in extraordinary finish Buccaneers outlast Carolina Panthers Costly injuries mar San Francisco 49ers victory Giants lead Saquon Barkley to worrying knee injury Cam Newton was stopped at the one-yard line on the final play and the Seattle Seahawks held off the New England Patriots 35-30 on Sunday night. Newton led New England 80 yards in the closing moments, trying to spoil th
'He had green eyes': Florida man will paint alligator that attacked him
Mark Johnson given 60 stitches for deep wound in leg ‘He wanted to roll so he could start dismembering,’ artist says In several decades as a professional artist, painting Florida’s marine life, Mark Johnson has developed a pretty good eye for detail. Now the outdoorsman whose website offers “ realistic portrayals created primarily from memory and imagination” is about to start work on a gritty ne
Supreme court: Biden accuses Trump and Republicans of abuse of power
Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg rocks presidential race Trump will pick woman; McConnell promises vote ‘I will fight!’: mourners’ vow at supreme court vigil Opinion: Democrats can still have the last laugh Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, made an urgent plea on Sunday to the conscience of Senate Republicans , asking them to defy Donald Trump and refuse to ram through his nominee to th
US Open golf: final round – live updates!
Hole-by-hole coverage of the final day at Winged Foot US Open: keep track of the official leaderboard Get in touch! Email Niall or tweet @niallmcveigh 8.45pm BST Eagle for DeChambeau! With Wolff waiting for his eagle chance, his rival sizes up a long-range effort... and sinks it. What a body blow that could be - but Wolff matches it with an eagle of his own ! Absolute nerves of steel from the 21-
Tom Cotton: Democrats 'rioting in the streets' as supreme court battle heats up
Senator makes evidence-free claim as Trump mulls choice Republicans deny hypocrisy after denying Merrick Garland US politics – live coverage Robert Reich: McConnell shows power trumps principle Two Republican senators tapped by Donald Trump as possible supreme court nominees offered varying justifications for their party’s speedy attempts to confirm Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s successor on Sunday, with
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Republicans and Democrats draw battle lines over replacement – video
A further feud has emerged just weeks before the US election after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Donald Trump is advocating that the seat be filled with a ‘very brilliant’ woman as soon as possible. However, Democrats are rallying in an attempt to prevent Trump filling the seat until after the election. Joe Biden and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have said Republicans should follow the precedent t
Despite being vilified in the rightwing media, Black Lives Matter will endure | Nesrine Malik
A phrase that depicted solidarity with the victims of racial injustice has been rebranded by those who see it as a threat In the rightwing culture war that has subsumed our politics, a handful of key words depict “the enemy”, all of them increasingly interchangeable: political correctness, identity politics, #MeToo, cancel culture, and above all, wokeness. (You can tell when this category of term
Trump health official says ‘biology independent of politics’ as US nears 200,000 Covid deaths
Coronavirus taskforce member says both Trump and CDC director were correct in their contradictory statements about a vaccine As the US closed in on 200,000 deaths from Covid-19 , Donald Trump’s health secretary and a key member of the White House coronavirus taskforce defended the administration’s handling of the pandemic and insisted the president and a senior public health aide were both correc
Judge blocks Trump bid to remove WeChat from stores over China fears
San Francisco judge cites free speech concerns Trump backs TikTok Oracle deal which may include Walmart A US judge has blocked the Trump administration from requiring Apple and Google to remove Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat for downloads by late on Sunday. US magistrate judge Laurel Beeler in San Francisco said in an order that WeChat users who filed a lawsuit “have shown serious questions g
The Social Dilemma: a wake-up call for a world drunk on dopamine?
The new Netflix docudrama is a valiant if flawed attempt to address our complacency about surveillance capitalism Spool forward a couple of centuries. A small group of social historians drawn from the survivors of climate catastrophe are picking through the documentary records of what we are currently pleased to call our civilisation, and they come across a couple of old movies. When they’ve mana
Arizona race could give Democrats extra Senate seat for supreme court fight
Mark Kelly leads Republican Martha McSally in special election State law sends victor to Washington before other new senators Democrats rally in bid to stop Trump filling Ginsburg’s seat If he wins a US Senate seat in Arizona, the former astronaut Mark Kelly could take office as early as 30 November, an outcome which might jeopardize the launch of Donald Trump’s third supreme court nominee. Relat
Walmart and Amazon among donors to lawmaker who promoted QAnon
Corporations donated to re-elect Tennessee state representative Susan Lynn who promoted conspiracy theories on social media Walmart, Amazon and other corporate giants donated money to the re-election campaign of a Tennessee state lawmaker who used social media to amplify and promote the QAnon conspiracy theory , according to a review of campaign finance records and the candidate’s posts. Related:
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Tropical storm Beta threatens flooding as it drifts to Texas and Louisiana shores
City of Galveston and Galveston county issue voluntary evacuation orders, as did the city of Seabrook to the north of Galveston Tropical Storm Beta was making a slow crawl to the shores of Texas and Louisiana on Sunday, casting worries about heavy rain, flooding and storm surge across the Gulf coast. Beta was one of three named storms in the Atlantic basin. If the system makes landfall in Texas,
Donald Trump pledges to nominate a 'very brilliant' woman to supreme court – video
Speaking at a campaign rally in North Carolina, the US president told supporters he had a duty to nominate a candidate to fill the supreme court vacancy created by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 'It will be a woman,' Trump said. 'A very talented, very brilliant woman.' Democrats including Joe Biden and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have said Republicans should follow the precedent that GOP legislat
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Washington braced for supreme court fight – live
Trump promises to nominate woman within a week ‘I will fight!’: mourners’ vow at supreme court vigil Robert Reich: For McConnell, power trumps principle Obituary: ‘Formidably clever with a superhuman capacity for work’ Sign up for our First Thing newsletter 2.24pm BST Joe Biden has an appearance scheduled in Philadelphia today. He will speak about the supreme court of justice and Ruth Bader Ginsb
'I will fight!': mourners' vow at supreme court vigil for Ruth Bader Ginsburg
As sun went down on Washington, a crowd lit candles, cried tears – and expressed determination to stop Trump and McConnell Robert Reich: For McConnell, power trumps principle On a pavement across the street from the supreme court, school teacher Amanda Stafford chalked the words carefully: “That’s the dissenter’s hope: that they are writing not for today, but for tomorrow.” Related: Supreme court
Trump is pushing nationalist myths. But Democrats indulge lavish patriotism, too | Cas Mudde
Democratic politicians are constantly trying to ‘prove’ they love the US. Yet actual Americans seem more realistic about their country’s failings Donald Trump has long openly embraced his nationalism . But on Thursday he took it to a whole new level. In his speech at the White House conference on American history , he attacked “the liberal indoctrination of America’s youth” – a standard trope for
David Hume was a complex man. Erasing his name is too simplistic a gesture | Kenan Malik
Taking the philosopher’s name off a tower ignores history and is no help to the present “Learn, Mr Hume, to prize the blessings of Liberty and Education, for… had you been born and bred a slave, your Genius, whatever you may think of it, would never have been heard of.” So wrote the members of the 18th-century Aberdeen Philosophical Society , one of the leading debating salons in Scotland, in res
In the battle over the US supreme court, Democrats can still have the last laugh | Lawrence Douglas
If Biden wins, he could pack the courts. That would be a justified gesture of constitutional restoration, not usurpation “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” Such was the dying hope of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a wish the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, is determined to deny the late, great justice. Recall: this is the same Mitch McConnell
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Attractions from Big Sur to Disneyland reel in the face of the pandemic and historic wildfires Summers are always busy in Big Sur, the picturesque region in northern California known for 

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