‘Good first steps’: Trump welcomes Saudi arrests in Khashoggi case – video | World news

Speaking at Luke air force base in Arizona, the US president welcomed an admission from the Saudi government that Jamal Khashoggi was dead. He said that arrests of a number of high-ranking Saudi officials were ‘good first steps’ but he would prefer retribution would not include cancelling weapon contracts with the kingdom Source Link

We need a tax police. And it should go after the likes of Donald Trump | David Cay Johnston | Opinion

When the New York Times exposed decades of tax cheating and “outright fraud” by the sitting president, it prompted people to ask important questions about the corrupt practices of the Trump family. The answers are central to the future of America. Where was the Internal Revenue Service? How did the Trumps get away with decades …

Democrats denounce ‘deceitful’ Trump claims of Venezuela-style socialism | US news

Democrats have denounced a “deceitful” opinion article by Donald Trump, which claims that the party has embraced Venezuela-style socialism. The president wrote in USA Today, one of the country’s most widely read newspapers, on Wednesday: “The truth is that the centrist Democratic party is dead. The new Democrats are radical socialists who want to model …

Hurricane Michael set to be strongest storm ever to hit Florida Panhandle – live updates | US news

10.54am EDT10:54 Photos sent to the Tallahassee Democrat show flooded streets and falling tree branches in Apalachicola, Florida. Tori Schneider (@photoriphy) Photos and videos I received from Seth Silva who lives on 4th Avenue in Apalachicola. You can see in the first photo that Avenue I is floooded and in the second, tree branches are …

‘She just ended her career’: Taylor Swift’s first foray into politics sparks praise and fury | Music

When pop megastar Taylor Swift publicly revealed her political leanings on Sunday night, praising two Democratic congressional candidates in her home state of Tennessee, she was breaking with a years-long policy of keeping her politics to herself. Her endorsements drew much praise, but also a fierce backlash: some white supremacists who have formed an odd …

Taylor Swift breaks political silence to endorse Democrats in US midterms | Music

Taylor Swift has made her first foray into US politics, publicly endorsing two Democrats for the upcoming midterm elections, while aligning herself to fight for LGBTQ rights, gender equity, and an end to the “terrifying, sickening and prevalent” racism in the US. “In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but …

Brett Kavanaugh: Senate votes yes to advance nomination to final floor vote – live updates | US news

11.16am EDT11:16 The vote is over, but Republicans in the Senate still can’t rest easy. Jeremy Art (@cspanJeremy) Huddle on the floor with McConnell, Rubio, Thune, Cruz, Gardner, Cotton, Risch and Crapo. pic.twitter.com/754L7vOVfs October 5, 2018 Manu Raju (@mkraju) Remarkable the amount of uncertainty ahead of such a consequential vote. This is, needless to say, …

Trump mocks Christine Blasey Ford at Mississippi rally | US news

In a raucous campaign-style rally in Mississippi on Tuesday night, Donald Trump mocked Dr Christine Blasey Ford, who in wrenching testimony before the Senate judiciary committee last week said that the supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager. Kavanaugh has denied the incident. As hundreds of supporters cheered, …

Malcolm Gladwell meets Ben Fountain: ‘So much of politics is absurd and dumb’ | Books

Ben Fountain’s 2016 election year essays for the Guardian have been expanded into a new book which tries to make sense of what happened and where America stands today. Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point and Outliers, first wrote about Fountain in an article for the New Yorker titled Late Bloomers in which he …

‘I saw myself in Dr Ford’s words’: protesters tell of Jeff Flake elevator confrontation | US news

The two women who helped alter the course of American legal history by staging an impromptu protest in a Washington elevator have said they were driven by memories of private trauma and inspired by the courage of Dr Christine Blasey Ford. Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher of New York loudly berated Senator Jeff Flake …