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Trump's plan for new homes in Scotland backed by officials

Controversial proposal for 550 luxury homes near golf club recommended for approval Planners in Aberdeenshire have backed Donald Trump’s controversial plans to build up to 550 luxury homes near his golf course, despite a record number of objections.The council’s planning officers said the scheme, due to be built in phases at a cost of around £25m, had “considerable merit” for the local economy and recommended that it is approved by the council next month, subject to conditions. Continue reading....
Tags: Politics, Scotland, UK News, Aberdeen, US news, Golf, Local Government, Scottish politics, Donald Trump, Trump, Aberdeenshire


Trump picks ex-Delta exec to lead FAA amid questions over Boeing crash

President will nominate Stephen Dickson to head regulator facing concern over its approval of airliner involved in recent crashesPresident Donald Trump has tapped a former Delta Air Lines executive to lead the Federal Aviation Administration as the regulator deals with questions about its approval of a Boeing airliner involved in two deadly crashes within five months.The White House said Tuesday that Trump will nominate Stephen Dickson to head the FAA. The agency has been led by an acting admini...
Tags: White House, US news, US politics, Delta, Airline Industry, Donald Trump, Faa, Boeing, Federal Aviation Administration, Delta Air Lines, Trump, Stephen Dickson


Trump praises Bolsonaro's use of 'fake news' in mutual show of admiration – latest news

Brazilian president met with Donald Trump at the White House Tuesday, and the two men reveled in their similaritiesSign up for the US briefing to get a fresh perspective 9.08pm GMT Hey all, Vivian Ho taking over for Ben Jacobs. In his lawsuit, California Congressman Devin Nunes claims to be a victim of Twitter trolls like “Devin Nunes’ Mom” and “Devin Nunes’ Cow,” but in taking legal action, he’s actually fallen victim to the Streisand Effect. Related: Goats, cows and Devin Nunes' mom: ho...
Tags: Republicans, California, White House, US, World news, US news, Democrats, US politics, Donald Trump, Trump, Michael Cohen, Ben Jacobs, Devin Nunes, Bolsonaro, Vivian Ho


Donald Trump Jr and John Bolton berate UK leaders over Brexit

President’s son and US national security adviser in apparent coordinated interventionDonald Trump Jr and the US national security adviser, John Bolton, spoke out over Brexit on Tuesday in what appeared to be a coordinated intervention by the White House into British domestic politics.Both the US president’s son and Bolton attacked British political leadership after Theresa May said she would ask the EU for a delay to the UK’s exit from the European Union; in line with parliament’s wish. Continue...
Tags: Politics, UK, White House, US, Eu, European Union, UK News, US news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Bolton, Donald Trump, Brexit, John Bolton, Donald Trump Jr, Trump Jr


Trump praises Bolsonaro's use of 'fake news' in mutual show of admiration – live

Brazilian president met with Donald Trump at the White House Tuesday, and the two men reveled in their similaritiesSign up for the US briefing to get a fresh perspective 8.06pm GMT A new national poll of the 2020 presidential primary shows Joe Biden maintaining a healthy lead.The poll conducted by SSRS for CNN has Joe Biden at 28%, Bernie Sanders at 20%, Kamala Harris at 12% and Beto O’Rourke at 11%. 7.48pm GMT Longshot 2020 Democratic candidate Andrew Yang has come out against circumcis...
Tags: Republicans, White House, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Cnn, Democrats, Donald Trump, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Michael Cohen, Yang, Daily Beast, Andrew Yang


Trump welcomes Brazil's far-right president Jair Bolsonaro to White House – live

Brazilian president arrives to meet with US president Donald TrumpSign up for the US briefing to get a fresh perspective 5.06pm GMT A controversial bill in Florida, which could undo parts of a landmark referendum that restored voting rights to millions of former felons, made its first advances in the state legislature on Tuesday.Florida has for decades enforced some of America’s hardest felony disenfranchisement laws, blocking around 1.5 million people from voting due to prior offenses. In N...
Tags: Florida, Republicans, White House, US, America, World news, US news, Democrats, Brazil, North Carolina, Donald Trump, Trump, Jim Jordan, Michael Cohen, Mark Meadows, Jair Bolsonaro


Bolsonaro backs Trump's border wall ahead of White House meeting

Brazil president endorses hardline US immigration policy, saying ‘Vast majority of … immigrants do not have good intentions’Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has endorsed Donald Trump’s immigration agenda on the eve of their first meeting at the White House, saying he supports a wall on the US-Mexico border and that most immigrants to the United States wish to do harm.Bolsonaro, a far-right congressman who rode to the presidency with a brash, anti-establishment campaign modeled on Trump’s 2016 r...
Tags: White House, Americas, US, World news, US news, United States, Brazil, US immigration, Donald Trump, Trump, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro


Jair Bolsonaro backs Trump's border wall ahead of White House meeting

Brazil president endorses hardline US immigration policy‘Vast majority of … immigrants do not have good intentions’Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has endorsed Donald Trump’s immigration agenda on the eve of their first meeting at the White House, saying he supports a wall on the US-Mexico border and that most immigrants to the United States wish to do harm.Bolsonaro, a far-right congressman who rode to the presidency with a brash, anti-establishment campaign modeled on Trump’s 2016 run, has p...
Tags: White House, Americas, US, World news, US news, United States, Brazil, US immigration, Donald Trump, Trump, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro


Rod Rosenstein postpones resignation from justice department – live

No 2 official at DoJ to stay in his post ‘a little longer’Trump attacks Kellyanne Conway’s husband as ‘loser’Sign up for the US briefing to get a fresh perspective 3.12pm GMT The Trump administration is preparing to stonewall congressional Democrats in their efforts to exercise oversight over the administration. Politico reports:In their early response to an onslaught of Democratic requests, Trump officials are breaking from norms set by previous administrations of both parties, according to...
Tags: Republicans, Congress, California, White House, US, Barack Obama, World news, US news, Democrats, Capitol Hill, House Intelligence Committee, Donald Trump, Trump, Michael Cohen, Devin Nunes, Nunes


Michael Cohen FBI raid documents released – live updates

Partially redacted search warrants materials releasedTrump attacks Kellyanne Conway’s husband as ‘loser’ 1.18pm GMT President Donald Trump attacked George Conway, the husband of top White House aide Kellyanne Conway, as a “total loser” on Twitter this morning.A total loser! https://t.co/vm3Vv2f9jfCongratulations! You just guaranteed that millions of more people are going to learn about narcissistic personality disorder and malignant narcissism! Great job! https://t.co/Dk9bI3sBs7Okay, so they...
Tags: Republicans, White House, World news, US news, Democrats, Manhattan, Donald Trump, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Mueller, Robert Mueller, Kellyanne Conway, George Conway


Beto O'Rourke raises $6.1m in first 24 hours, smashing Bernie Sanders' record

Stunning sum is more than every other Democratic challenger who has disclosed their first-day totalsDemocratic hopeful Beto O’Rourke raised an unprecedented $6.1m during the first 24 hours of his official run for the White House, his campaign announced on Monday. Related: Republicans resurface Beto O’Rourke DUI mugshot in St Patrick's Day attack Continue reading...
Tags: White House, US news, Democrats, US politics, US political financing, Bernie Sanders, Democratic, Beto O'Rourke, US elections 2020


Trump claims media is blaming him for New Zealand shooting – live

President tweets: ‘They will have to work very hard to prove that one. So Ridiculous!’ 1.48pm GMT Still tweeting, Donald Trump is under the impression that the US media is blaming him for a deadly shooting attack on two New Zealand mosques.The Fake News Media is working overtime to blame me for the horrible attack in New Zealand. They will have to work very hard to prove that one. So Ridiculous! 1.42pm GMT George Conway, a Washington lawyer and husband of White House counselor Kellyanne ...
Tags: Republicans, Congress, Washington, White House, US, US news, Democrats, US politics, New Zealand, Donald Trump, Cabinet, Trump, Conway, Kellyanne Conway, George Conway, Beto O'Rourke


Republicans resurface Beto O’Rourke DUI mugshot in St Patrick's Day attack

GOP tweeted presidential candidate’s mugshot emblazoned with a green leprechaun’s hat and the words ‘please drink responsibly’In an attempt to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and attack a political rival, the Republican party tweeted a mugshot of the Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke emblazoned with a green leprechaun’s hat and the words “please drink responsibly”.O’Rourke, 46, is a former US representative from Texas who narrowly lost a US Senate race against the Republican Ted Cruz la...
Tags: Texas, Republicans, White House, US, US news, Gop, US politics, Ted Cruz, US Senate, Republican Party, St Patrick's Day, O'Rourke, Beto O'Rourke, US elections 2020


Mosque attacks and the narrative of exclusion | Letters

Guardian readers respond to the Christchurch shootingsJonathan Freedland (We must confront the right’s hate preachers, 16 March) is right to castigate Viktor Orbán, Matteo Salvini and Donald Trump for their anti-Islamic rhetoric. But we must not omit the part played by British politicians in deliberately adopting language that promotes hatred of religious and racial groups. Boris Johnson’s “letterboxes”, David Cameron’s “swarm” of migrants, Theresa May’s “Go home” posters, Sajid Javid’s “asylum ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, US, David Cameron, World news, US news, Australian immigration and asylum, Immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Theresa May, Islam, New Zealand, Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid, Donald Trump, Christchurch


Pete Buttigieg to Fox: 'Ideological spectrum has never been less relevant'

If successful, Democrat would be first openly gay presidentShortest Way Home: Pete Buttigieg as president in waitingPete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who is exploring a White House run, gave an interview to Fox News Sunday, a potentially ideologically incongruous step for a 37-year-old Democrat who likes to joke he appeals to “white Episcopalian gay veteran” voters. Related: Too much, too young? Mayor could become the first millennial president Continue reading...
Tags: White House, World news, US news, Fox, Democrats, US politics, Fox News, South Bend Indiana, Buttigieg, Pete Buttigieg, US elections 2020


Pete Buttigieg to Fox News: 'Ideological spectrum has never been less relevant'

If successful, Democrat would be first openly gay presidentShortest Way Home: Pete Buttigieg as president in waitingPete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who is exploring a White House run, gave an interview on Sunday to Fox News, a potentially ideologically incongruous step for a 37-year-old Democrat who likes to joke he appeals to “white Episcopalian gay veteran” voters. Related: Too much, too young? Mayor could become the first millennial president Continue reading...
Tags: White House, US news, Democrats, US politics, Fox News, South Bend Indiana, Buttigieg, Pete Buttigieg, US elections 2020


White House dismisses Trump mention in Christchurch shooter manifesto

Chief of staff: ‘The president is not a white supremacist’Trump told press white nationalism not a rising threatThe White House pushed back on Sunday against any attempt to link Donald Trump to the accused gunman who killed 50 people in two New Zealand mosques, saying the act of a disturbed individual cannot be blamed on any one politician. Related: Christchurch: how quiet city became target for terror Continue reading...
Tags: White House, World news, US news, New Zealand, Donald Trump, Christchurch, Trump, Christchurch shooting


Joe Biden lets slip that he will run for president – or does he?

Former vice-president tells Delaware crowd he has ‘the most progressive record of anybody running’ – then corrects himselfJoe Biden has appeared to confirm he will mount another campaign for the White House, telling guests at a Delaware Democratic party dinner he has “the most progressive record of anybody running”. Biden indicated the remark was a slip of the tongue but many in the crowd stood to cheer regardless. Related: Joe Biden: can a veteran centrist win in the polarised age of Trump? ...
Tags: White House, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, US politics, Biden, Delaware, Trump, US elections 2020


Joe Biden's verbal slip sets off speculation of presidential run

Democratic party favourite tells crowd he has ‘the most progressive record of anybody running’A verbal slip by Democratic favourite Joe Biden has left party faithful wondering: did the former US vice-president accidentally reveal his plans to run for the White House?In a keynote speech at a dinner for the Delaware Democratic party on Saturday, Biden boasted that he has “the most progressive record of anybody running”. The only problem is that Biden hasn’t announced whether he will launch a third...
Tags: White House, US, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, US politics, Biden, Delaware, Democratic, US elections 2020


Trump's 2020 campaign: just like 2016 but now with more political data

Digital guru Brad Parscale will attempt to marry old and new – using word of mouth but also databases to turn attendees into volunteersBernie Sanders is “the nutty professor”; Elizabeth Warren is “Pocahontas”; Beto O’Rourke’s hand movements are “crazy”. Donald Trump is already taking pot shots at his potential opponents in the 2020 presidential election, evoking memories of his chaotic 2016 campaign with its raucous rallies and taunting tweets.But something will be different this time. The US pr...
Tags: White House, Elizabeth Warren, US, US news, US politics, Donald Trump, Trump, Brad Parscale, Beto O'Rourke, US elections 2020, volunteersBernie Sanders


A big hand for Beto O'Rourke and his amazing waving arms

The Democratic 2020 presidential candidate has already made a big impression – with his meme-worthy hand movementsBeto O’Rourke’s freshly announced 2020 White House run has been dismissed as vainglorious by some, but generated significant excitement among many others attracted by media hype and his undoubted charisma. None of that excitement, however, came anywhere near matching the candidate’s own.While the former Texas congressman laid out his vision for the future at a coffee shop in Iowa, wh...
Tags: Texas, White House, US news, Democrats, US politics, Iowa, O'Rourke, Beto O'Rourke, US elections 2020


Trump joins condemnation of New Zealand mosque shooting – live

Sarah Sanders says the US ‘strongly condemns’ attack as president tweets his ‘warmest sympathy and best wishes’Sign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 2.21pm GMT The United States will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court personnel who attempt to investigate or prosecute alleged abuses committed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday.The Associates Press reports: Pompeo, making good on a threat delivered last Septe...
Tags: Republicans, Israel, US, Barack Obama, US news, Afghanistan, Democrats, United States, US politics, International criminal court, New Zealand, US Congress, Donald Trump, Icc, Trump, Michelle


'This is all a show': Trump official faces criticism for 'reality TV' approach to job

Lynne Patton faces skepticism as she winds down experiment of living in New York City’s public housing system for four weeksSince she took over as Donald Trump’s top housing official in the New York City area, Lynne Patton has been criticized for bringing a reality TV approach to what’s traditionally been a bureaucratic job. She has feuded with journalists, calling one White House reporter “Miss Piggy”. On Twitter, she tosses barbs at liberal politicians and lavishes praise on the Trump family, ...
Tags: New York, White House, New York City, US news, Hud, Donald Trump, Trump, Michael Cohen, Trump Administration, Lynne Patton


Beto O'Rourke announces 2020 run for presidency

The Texas Democrat has drawn comparisons to Barack Obama for his charisma and hopeful messageBeto O’Rourke, the former congressman who narrowly lost to Ted Cruz in the 2018 Texas Senate race, has announced he will seek the Democratic nomination for president.Ending months of speculation over his plans, O’Rourke threw his hat into a crowded primary field vying for the party’s blessing to challenge Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Continue reading...
Tags: Texas, Barack Obama, US news, Democrats, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Texas Senate, Trump Administration, O'Rourke, Beto O'Rourke, US elections 2020, messageBeto O'Rourke


Donald Trump follows lead of other nations and grounds Boeing 737 Max planes

FAA supported the grounding saying it had uncovered information in the Ethiopia crash that was similar to the Indonesia crash in OctoberDonald Trump grounded Boeing’s 737 Max fleet on Wednesday, days after the second fatal crash involving the plane in five months.Issuing an emergency order, Trump said all 737 Max jets in the US would now be grounded. “Planes that are in the air will be grounded if they are the 737 Max. Will be grounded upon landing at their destination,” Trump told reporters at ...
Tags: Indonesia, White House, US, US news, Plane Crashes, Air transport, Ethiopia, Donald Trump, Faa, Boeing, Trump, Ethiopian Airlines crash, OctoberDonald Trump


Senate moves to end Trump's border wall emergency declaration – live

Proposal would deal blow to president but Trump indicates he would veto legislation against national emergency declarationSign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 10.15pm GMT The US is prepared to use cyber operations to strike back more aggressively against the growing threats of cyberattacks and interference in the 2020 presidential elections, the Associated Press is reporting. Army Gen. Paul Nakasone, head of US Cyber Command, says the military learned a lot as it worked with...
Tags: Republicans, Congress, Senate, White House, US, US news, Iran, Democrats, US politics, Plane Crashes, Air transport, Army, US Senate, Associated Press, US Congress, Donald Trump


Trump follows lead of other nations and grounds Boeing 737 Max planes

US had stood virtually alone in allowing the plane to keep flying after Canada joined growing list of nations that grounded aircraftDonald Trump grounded Boeing’s 737 Max fleet on Wednesday, days after the second fatal crash involving the plane in five months.Issuing an emergency order, Trump said all 737 Max jets in the US would now be grounded. “Planes that are in the air will be grounded if they are the 737 Max. Will be grounded upon landing at their destination,” Trump told reporters at the ...
Tags: White House, US, US news, Canada, Plane Crashes, Air transport, Ethiopia, Boeing, Trump, Ethiopian Airlines crash


What animals can teach us about politics

Decades of studying primates has convinced me that animal politics are not so different from our own – and even in the wild, leadership is about much more than being a bully. By Frans de WaalIn July 2017, when Sean Spicer, then the White House press secretary, was discovered hiding in the bushes to dodge questions from reporters, I knew Washington politics had become truly primatological. A few weeks earlier, James Comey had intentionally worn a blue suit while standing at the back of a room wit...
Tags: Politics, Science, Biology, Washington, White House, Animals, UK News, World news, US news, Fbi, Animal behaviour, Donald Trump, Saddam Hussein, James Comey, Sean Spicer


US pulls all staff from Venezuela as Maduro blames blackout on 'demonic' Trump plot

In a televised nationwide address, leader says White House ‘ordered this attack’ and calls on public to mount ‘active resistance’The United States has said it will withdraw all remaining diplomatic staff from Venezuela as Nicolás Maduro accused Donald Trump of masterminding a “demonic” plot to force him from power by crippling the country’s electricity system with an imperialist “electromagnetic attack”.The secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, announced the decision to vacate the US embassy in the c...
Tags: White House, Americas, US, World news, US news, United States, Venezuela, Donald Trump, Nicolás Maduro, Trump, Caracas, Maduro, Mike Pompeo


Nicolás Maduro blames 'demonic' Trump plot for blackout crippling Venezuela

In a televised nationwide address, leader says White House ‘ordered this attack’ and calls on public to mount ‘active resistance’Venezuela’s leader, Nicolás Maduro, has accused Donald Trump of masterminding a “demonic” plot to destroy his country and force him from power by crippling the country’s electricity system with a fascist, imperialist and criminal “electromagnetic attack”.Maduro’s political foes and many specialists are convinced the calamitous nationwide black out that struck last Thur...
Tags: White House, Americas, World news, US news, Venezuela, Donald Trump, Nicolás Maduro, Trump, Maduro



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