Hopes of clean break with EU are nonsense, says ex-Brexit official

A no-deal exit would trigger complex negotiations, argues former top DexEU civil servant Claiming a no-deal Brexit represents a clean break with the European Union is nonsensical, according to Philip Rycroft, the former permanent secretary at the Department for Exiting the EU. Boris Johnson has promised to extricate the UK from the EU on 31 October come what may and has hinted that he could Civil servants do their job for governments of the day, delivering the policies of the government of the day, and thats just as true for Brexit as for anything else. He said claims his erstwhile colleague Olly Robbins had sought to stymie the governments negotiating efforts were complete nonsense. Robbins left Whitehall as Johnson took …

Permanent Record by Edward Snowden review the whistleblowers memoir

The call of duty and a patriotic pedigree are given priority in Snowdens account of his motivations and he warns of dangers ahead Towards the end of Edward Snowdens memoir, he hands the narrative to his partner, Lindsay Mills, in the form of the diary she was keeping at the time he was American and British spy agencies. Ed, what have you done? she wrote. How can you come back from this? Permanent Record is Snowdens attempt to answer these questions by doing something he finds discomforting and antithetical: breaching his own privacy, opening up what he calls the empty zone that lies beyond the reach of the state. This is the space he has guarded for six years, but …

At least 10 names being discussed to replace John Bolton

Washington (CNN)The White House is currently discussing potential candidates to replace John Bolton as national security adviser after he was ousted Tuesday, with at least 10 names being circulated at this time, several sources told CNN. Brian Hook, US Special Representative for Iran and senior policy adviser to Mike Pompeo: Hook’s name is being floated as a possibility to replace Bolton, according to three sources familiar with the discussions. He is interested in and campaigning for the job, according to one source familiar with the process. Hook started at the State Department under Secretary Rex Tillerson and remained a key member of the team when Pompeo took over. He recently traveled with Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner to …

Pussy Riots Nadya on Moscow Arrest: The Country Is Ours

Imagine a situation: the second you step out of your house youre immediately, brutally arrested with no explanation why, then youre brought to the police station where you spend your next six hours till 1 a.m.. Youre forced to go through a search, and everything that seems suspicious to the police officers is taken away from you (i.e. everything that mentions Putin), and you will never ever see it again. Well, this situation is something that Russian activists go through on a daily basis. On Sept. 7, me, my 17-year-old sister Polina Tolokonnikova, and 14 other Pussy Riot activists were arrested when we left my apartment. We were planning to walk around Moscow with a rainbow flag and Pussian Federation …

Johnson and Trump: two leaders afraid to do the hard work of running a country | Richard Wolffe

After years of feigned effort, neither of the so-called populist powers can deliver on any of their promises They rose together and now they are falling together. For three long years, the DoBo project a scheme to spark global mayhem spearheaded by Donald and Boris, with a few critical assists from Vladimir has afflicted most of our cultural, political and economic norms. At the moment of their initial triumph, we could only watch in shock and awe as they undermined some of the worlds greatest diplomatic, military and commercial alliances. Not to mention any sense of social cohesion, right or wrong, day or night. Who can forget that high-water mark when the new president-elect love letters from Kim Jong-un dont …

Boris Johnson vows to use powers of persuasion to win new Brexit deal

PM rejects calls for article 50 extension and says he may ignore law blocking no deal Boris Johnson has said he will win a new Brexit deal at next months EU summit by using his powers of persuasion, and rejected calls for a further extension to article 50. The prime minister said he had no plans to accept new legislation that would require him to write to the EU asking for a pointless delay to Brexit. Weve spent a long time trying to sort of fudge this thing and I think the British public really want us to get out. They dont want more dither and delay, he said during a visit on Friday to a farm near Banchory, Aberdeenshire, …

Johnson cant escape the clutches of Mays zombie Brexit deal | Rafael Behr

He may play the rightwing populist, but dont be surprised if the prime minister ditches his determination to leave without a deal, says Guardian columnist Rafael Behr In schlock horror movies there is a moment when the monster, assailed by every weapon and presumed dead, lurches back to life. And so Theresa Mays Brexit withdrawal agreement comes crawling from behind the closed doors of parliament, where it was Johnson stood next to Varadkar in Dublin, shuffling like a chastened child. He said that inability to reach a deal by 31 October would be a he doesnt look the part. That ambition has been superseded but not extinguished by admiration for the Donald Trump model of endless provocation. Last summer Johnson …

Joe Biden still bests fellow Democrats on electability, polls show

(CNN)First things first: The theme song of the week is the NFL on CBS 1998 outro. The fact that Wisconsin leans a little bit right of the nation is important for understanding Trump’s re-election chances. We were reminded of an important lesson in 2016: It’s the electoral college, not the popular vote that matters. Wisconsin is a perfect illustration of that. It flipped from blue in 2012 to red in 2016, when it was the tipping point state for Trump’s victory. This poll suggests that it’s quite plausible Trump could lose nationally and win in Wisconsin, especially if the overall political environment improves for him. Right now, the polling says Biden — even with his gaffes on the campaign trail …

Johnson thinks a culture war will win crucial working-class votes. Hes wrong | Lynsey Hanley

Most leave supporters are not pining for a mythical lost community. They just want a better quality of life, says writer Lynsey Hanley Not long after the referendum in 2016, some neighbours suddenly erected a big wooden fence around their front garden. Well, it seemed sudden. Our postman jokingly called it the Brexit wall, and although the two events may have been entirely unconnected, the fence took on a symbolism it was probably never intended to have. Whether it was there for reasons of privacy, security, or simply to have something for the ivy to grow on, well never know. I dont like to ask. But the fence reinforced my belief that community life has never been, and never will …

Donald Trump turns on everyone, part 763

(CNN)On Thursday, Madeleine Westerhout, personal assistant to the President of the United States, was forced to resign in the wake of the revelation that she had talked about Donald Trump’s family in an off-the-record dinner with reporters. And now, she is out. Because, reportedly, a journalist at the dinner broke the “off the record” terms and told the White House what Westerhout had said about the first family. (CNN was not among the news organizations represented at the dinner.) Now, we don’t know what exactly Westerhout said — and we may never know — only that she shared what one person described as “intimate” information about the family, which, candidly, could mean almost anything. (One man’s “intimate” detail is another …

Pound Off Lows But Still Under Pressure as Brexit Showdown Looms

Photographer: Miles Willis/Bloomberg wouldn’t delay the country’s exit from the European Union, and left the The pound may not have much room to recover for now, according to Valentin Marinov, head of G-10 currency strategy at Credit Agricole CIB, who says Johnson is laying the groundwork for a confrontation with the House on Tuesday. “Risks of an early vote are still on the table,” Marinov wrote in an email, noting that the prime minister’s speech hadn’t sustained the pound’s rally. Sterling remains 0.78% lower on the day versus the dollar, and around 90.92 pence versus the euro. The currency may drop as low as $1.10 if a mandate is secured for a no-deal departure from the EU, according to Lee …

Depth of Field: The Movie Poster Brexit Deserves

Photographs, Susan Sontag once famously wrote, “fiddle with the scale of the world.” They tell us only a distortion. They are incomplete, even as they strive to render the frame whole and exact. That does not make them false. Exactly the opposite. Photographs invite meaning, possibility. The best photos, thick with narrative, sweat. It is true that a picture is worth a thousand words. It is also true that a picture is worth a thousand more pictures. One image gives way to another. What are photographs but gateways into parallel realms, memories resurrected, passageways into the familiar? What we see, we have already seen. John MacDougall’s portrait-style capture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson—taken during …

Boris Johnson Adopts Cute PuppyDog in Crucial Brexit Week

Boris Johnson welcomed his newly adopted Jack Russell puppy to his London home as the U.K. prime minister called an emergency meeting of his Cabinet, prompting fresh speculation there will be a general election. Just weeks ago the 15-week-old dog, named Dilyn according to a post on Twitter by Johnson’s partner Carrie Symonds, faced death after being abandoned by a south Wales puppy farmer as his misaligned jaw meant he would be difficult to sell. He was saved by a volunteer-run rescue charity in south Wales. Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May, was encouraged to get a dog to increase her appeal to voters, but refused because she was concerned about who would look after it. Published on Updated on Original Article …

Dorian Winds Weaken but Storm Remains `Extremely Dangerous’

Hurricane Dorian is continuing to bash the Bahamas but its winds are weakening as the storm widens out, and forecasters are looking for signs it’s ready to turn north on a run up the U.S. East Coast rather than slamming head on into Florida. Dorian is continuing to move forward at just 1 mile per hour, according to a 2 p.m. advisory by the U.S. inflicting colossal damage to property and infrastructure in the Bahamas. Located about 25 miles (56 kilometers) from Freeport, Dorian has Dorian will cause In a briefing, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said Florida utilities have assembled 17,000 personnel to help restore power quickly as needed. He said 72 nursing homes and assisted living centers along the …

Michael Flynn blasts Mueller prosecutors in conspiracy-tinged court filing

Washington (CNN)Defense attorneys for former national security adviser Michael Flynn want federal prosecutors to be held in contempt, accusing them of withholding some of the most significant documents and audio recordings related to his criminal charge and the Mueller investigation. But Flynn’s new legal team has apparently seized on discussing the evidence as a way to stand at odds with prosecutors who cut his deal. Outside of court, his attorney Sidney Powell regularly promotes the idea that Flynn was entrapped by the Russia investigators and should be pardoned by President Donald Trump. Friday, Flynn’s legal team took it up a notch. “They affirmatively suppressed evidence … that destroyed the credibility of their primary witness, impugned their entire case against Mr. …

Top US general says he is ‘not using the ‘withdraw’ word right now’ for Afghanistan

Washington (CNN)The top US general said he is “not using the ‘withdraw’ word right now” in regards to Afghanistan, as US and Taliban negotiators reportedly near a deal that could soon lead to the withdrawal of American troops. Asked about Iran, Esper said he was “not ready” to say escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf had stabilized, but said the situation is “so far, so good,” adding that the US hopes the Iranians will agree to meet to resolve tensions. Esper also said that while he is “concerned” about North Korea’s recent spate of short range ballistic missile tests, the United States is not going to “overreact” and remains focused on diplomacy. Dunford, who served as the commander of international …