Drain the swamp

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton meet in – appropriately, for the ultimate show business campaign – Las Vegas for their third and final US Presidential debate tonight. It is sure to be interesting.

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Meanwhile, in another toxic environment…

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WTF..?

End game for IS in Mosul?

Amid warnings of  potential humanitarian crisis, Iraqi and Kurdish forces, with support from the US, Britain and France, are converging on the second city of Mosul in northern Iraq, in what could prove to be a decisive battle with IS occupying forces.

Follow updates at The Guardian here.

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Preparations are under way for Wednesday’s final US Presidential debate.

In Britain’s very own political maneuverings, meanwhile, a “death spiral”…

 

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New UK inflation figures are released this morning.

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NFL ratings are falling.

In baseball – where ratings are growing amid an exciting playoff period – the Cleveland Indians are one win away from the World Series after they became the first team in MLB history to win a postseason game without having any pitcher record more than five outs.

And they had another victory in the land of their opponents…

After yesterday’s parade honoring Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic teams, a similar event will be held today in London.

 

 

 

 

 

Syrian carnage continues amid more talk of sanctions

As Aleppo endured another deadly weekend, the US and Britain are considering “fresh sanctions” against Russia and the Assad regime.

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Boris Johnson, meanwhile, continues to be under fire – though not quite as dangerously as the people whose future he was just discussing – over Brexit.

And elsewhere today in how Brexit has unnerved real people…

In the US election, a Republican office in North Carolina was firebombed.

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From the Arizona Republic, one of the defining articles of the 2016 campaign:

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Thailand prepares for life after Bhumibol

As Thailand begins a year-long mourning period for its monarch, King Bhumibol, how will the transition of power to his successor affect the country, and what does it mean for the rest of the world?

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama reinforced her status as Hillary Clinton’s most effective campaign surrogate with another powerful speech in New Hampshire.

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Meanwhile, the media star of the day was New York Times counsel David McCraw (who apparently recieved spontaneous applause while walking through the newsroom yesterday) after sending this letter to Donald Trump’s lawyer.

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Plenty of fallout from yesterday’s award of the Nobel Prize for Literature to Bob Dylan. My former colleagues Robert Wright and Ed Crooks talk about it here…

Finally…

 

 

 

Yemen conflict escalates as US attacks rebel positions

The US Navy last night launched a number of cruise missile strikes against rebel-held positions in Yemen. It is the first US engagement against Houthi rebels and comes after two reportedly failed attacks on a US warship over the past few days.

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In the US, jaws continue to drop…

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Tonight sees the deciding game in the Nationals-Dodgers NLDS. The winners go to Wrigley at the weekend to start the NLCS.

funny, but…

 

 

 

MPs wrangle over scrutiny for Brexit terms

Britain’s opposition Labour Party today moved to pressure the government to spell out detail about its specific plans for parliamentary scrutiny and accountability over the eventual terms of plans for the mechanism for the country to leave the EU.

The Guardian reports:

In a last-minute concession, the government accepted a Labour motion calling for MPs to have more say over the strategy for leaving the EU before article 50 is triggered by the end of March.

May had been facing her first government defeat over the motion on Wednesday, as a number of Conservatives indicated they were prepared to vote with Labour to demand greater public debate over the Brexit negotiating strategy.

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Brexit ‘chaos’ deepens over role of parliament

So it looks like the people who advocated “taking back our sovereignty” were just kidding when it came to Britain’s parliament. MPs, it seems, won’t get a vote on whatever Brexit deal the new unelected prime minister and her associates eventually negotiate, despite having no input into those negotiations.

If it wasn’t for a certain orange buffoon across the water, British politics would truly be the world’s laughing stock.

At least they can vote to end the insanity.

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And talking of the aforementioned buffoon…

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