Venezuela comes to the boil

Tensions are high in Venezuela amid street protests after the country’s Supreme Court issued two rulings giving itself new powers to exercise legislative powers and restrict the parliamentary immunity of MPs. This effectively limits the constitutional powers of the democratically -elected National Assembly,

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wait wait wait, what?

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More cracks in Trump’s Russia dam

But wait..

Elsewhere

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Developing…

‘Thank you and goodbye..’

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Brexit becomes a reality

Update 1pm Wednesday:

Midnight, Tuesday

 

 

“Seriously”, though…

But it looks like there might be an upside…

Meanwhile at Holyrood on Tuesday, the Scottish parliament authorized the seeking of a second independence referendum.

Worth remembering Theresa May’s stump speech during the EU campaign (when, of course, she was a Remainer..)

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And it’s not as if there isn’t some serious stuff going on…

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Omnishambles

Meanwhile at Holyrood…

Maybe here’s part of the problem…

And then there was a BBC Question Time Special ‘Britain after Brexit’. It didn’t help.

Still worth a pound, for now…

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The biggest evacuation in Australian history…

Elsewhere…

But hey, there’s this…

Awww bollicks….

 

 

‘Short window’ for NI deal

Update, 5pm local:

 

 

Midnight last night: NI talks set for failure ahead of deadline for agreement on power-sharing

 

 

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In Russia…

In Germany…

In Hong Kong..

In Chile..

In Brexit Britain…

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And finally, some bollocks from the Mail Online…

and there’s this…

Art of the Ordeal: GOP infighting kills move to repeal Obamacare

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So, amid the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, Britain’s divorce bill could be, well… as high as we thought.

so that’s ok then…

Trump ‘ready to walk away’ if GOP healthcare bill fails

As the measure faces a key vote on Friday, the President’s base – despite their tiresome vocal opposition to Obamacare during the campaign – seems happy enough for him to leave the Affordable Care Act intact, now that they’ve seen the alternative. Bizarrely, the strategy could work for him, since he seems out of other options.

But at the same time, his base appears to be eroding, to add to the President’s other woes. For Republicans, it’s still unclear whether that support might  be capable of being reconstituted – let alone fall into line behind the GOP.

It’s a fascinating situation, and maybe the first real “you bought it, you own it” moment of the Trump Presidency.

How embarrassed must you be to send a tweet like this, assuming you are capable of shame…?

Meanwhile, on Russia…

And there was a big interview with the President in Time magazine, on his approach to truth..

prez

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Finally, in Derry today…

Four dead after terror attack on the symbol of British democracy

Four people – including the attacker – were killed and more than 40 injured in a chaotic incident in Westminster, when a car rampaged along the pavement on Westminster Bridge before crashing into the railings outside the Houses of Parliament. The attacker stabbed a policeman at the entrance to the Palace before being shot by other members of the Metropolitan Police’s parliamentary protection section.

(note – reports late on Wednesday had put the death toll at five; this was revised down to four early on Thursday, no explanation as to why)

The latest from Reuters is here

The latest from the BBC is here

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Meanwhile…

and so the committee chairman, naturally, briefs the person under investigation? that’s not how any of this works…

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and to prove there are fucked up people everywhere…

Here at home, Derry remembers.

Death of Martin McGuinness marks end of an era in Northern Ireland

https://twitter.com/billclinton/status/844210258637676544

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