Trump will leave a legacy of selfishness and dishonesty | Joseph Stiglitz


The president’s attack on every pillar of society jeopardises the US’s continued prosperity and ability to function as a democracy

Kirstjen Nielsen’s forced resignation as US secretary of homeland security is no reason to celebrate. Yes, she presided over the forced separation of families at the US border, notoriously housing young children in wire cages. But Nielsen’s departure is not likely to bring any improvement, as Donald Trump wants to replace her with someone who will carry out his anti-immigrant policies even more ruthlessly.

The president’s immigration policies are appalling in almost every aspect. And yet they may not be the worst feature of his administration. Indeed, identifying its foullest aspects has become a popular American parlour game. Yes, he has called immigrants criminals, rapists and animals. But what about his deep misogyny or his boundless vulgarity and cruelty? Or his winking support of white supremacists? Or his withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, the Iran nuclear deal, and the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty? And, of course, there is his war on the environment, on healthcare, and on the rules-based international system.

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Scarlett Johansson warns: paparazzi risk another death like Princess Diana’s


Actor alleges she was pursued through LA by paparazzi who put ‘other drivers and pedestrians at risk’ after her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s chatshow

Scarlett Johansson warned of another incident “like Princess Diana” after alleging she was pursued through Los Angeles by a group of paparazzi. The actor, 34, said she was leaving a studio following an appearance on US talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! when a group of photographers spotted her.

Five cars with blacked-out windows then apparently sped through red lights and put “other drivers and pedestrians at risk” so their paparazzi passengers could obtain details of where she and her four-year-old daughter were staying.

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German police raid 30 premises linked to far-right extremists


Alleged target is Inferno Cottbus ’99 group, suspected of criminal activity and neo-Nazism

Police have carried out extensive raids in four German states on premises linked to suspected far-right extremists.

Thirty properties including flats, offices and commercial premises in the states of Brandenburg, Berlin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Saxony were searched in the operations which began at dawn and continued into Wednesday afternoon.

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William Barr says ‘spying did occur’ on Trump campaign during Obama era

Given up all support of law and democracy

The US attorney general said in testimony at congressional hearing that ‘I am concerned about it and looking into it’

The US attorney general, William Barr, made an explosive claim in Washington on Wednesday, saying that he believed “spying did occur” on Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign under Barack Obama’s administration.

The president has frequently made such a claim and Barr indicated that he believed it was true in some fashion and that he wanted to determine whether that surveillance was justified. Under sharp questioning by lawmakers, he admitted there was no evidence of wrongdoing.

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Trump Disappointed Military Can’t Get ‘Rough’ At Border

At a fundraiser in San Antonio, Texas, President Trump expressed disappointment that his troops-rough-up-asylum-seekers-at-the-border fanfiction has yet to become a reality. “Our military can’t act like a military would act,” said Trump. “Because if they got a little rough, everybody would go crazy.” Trump also used the roundtable to spread more lies about dangerous migrants and the effectiveness of his fantasy wall. [NY Times/NBC News]

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