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 That ambition has been superseded but not extinguished by admiration for the Donald Trump model of endless provocation.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 …

No-deal Brexit would shrink UK’s global influence, say ex-ambassadors

Former senior diplomats write to PM urging him to signal a different approach at G7 summit Leaving the European Union without a deal would vastly shrink the UKs international influence and would represent the biggest unilateral abandonment of long-term British interests in modern history, a group of former ambassadors have claimed. In a letter, signed by 25 former senior diplomats and published in the Times, they urged Boris Johnson to signal a different approach at this weekends energetic partner to its international allies after Brexit. The Britain I lead will be an international, outward-looking, self-confident nation, he said. We will be an energetic partner on the world stage. We will stand alongside our G7 allies to solve the most pressing …

Immigration judges at DOJ were sent news briefing with link to anti-Semitic content

Washington (CNN)A Department of Justice office will no longer send daily news briefings after it sent its employees, including immigration judges, a briefing that included a link to a blog featuring racial and anti-Semitic slurs, according to the president of an immigration judges union. The National Association of Immigration Judges wrote in a letter obtained by CNN that several member judges found the content “offensive.” “The August 19, 2019 morning news briefings contained ‘news’ from a website known for publishing white nationalist ideology and Anti-Semitic tropes,” the group wrote. “NAIJ has received numerous complaints from judges across the nation who found the blog offensive and equated having it on the official (office) website to working in a hostile work environment.” …

Talking politics on the internet is stressing white people out

White people like lots of weird things: cold-brewed coffee, Radiohead, the death penalty, Edison lights, Diet Coke (okay, everybody likes that). Theres plenty they dont like too: calling out grandmas racism, clearing their closet of cultural appropriations, admitting they watch Kevin James movies even though everyone knows they do. The newest thing white people dont like is dealing with politics on the internet. Pew Research has found that across the board, 46% of adults are tired of politics on social media. But whites are particularly weary of arguing about the latest senatorial stall or major policy change via tweet. More than half of whites, 52%, told researchers that they are worn out by political posts on social media, as compared …

Republican state lawmaker criticizes his party for ‘enabling white supremacy’

(CNN)A Republican state representative is speaking out against what he believes is his own party’s complicity in “enabling white supremacy,” and says history won’t judge his fellow Republicans kindly. “We have a Republican president who continually stokes racist fears in his base. He calls certain countries ‘sh*tholes,’ tells women of color to “go back” to where they came from and lies more than he tells the truth,” he added. He finished the tweets asking his colleagues to no longer look the other way. “When the history books are written, I refuse to be someone who said nothing,” he said. “The time is now for us Republicans to be honest with what is happening inside our party. We are better than …

Not all of these candidates will be with us after the CNN Detroit debate. Here’s why

(CNN)California Rep. Eric Swalwell was about to walk on to the biggest stage of his political career: the first Democratic presidential debate. “It’s a balance between horning your way in and sharing who you are and what you believe, but not being obnoxious,” Swalwell told CNN’s Gloria Borger in an interview. The stakes at CNN’s Democratic debate in Detroit are high. New criteria will make it considerably harder to qualify for the next debate in September. And for much of the field of more than 20 candidates, the more difficult threshold will be impossible to clear, barring a game-changing moment. “Maybe 12, 13 of these candidates, there’s not going to be another shot after this. To some extent, not qualifying …

McConnell calls criticism on election security ‘modern-day McCarthyism’

(CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell defended himself from withering criticism by Democrats and political commentators that his blockade of election security legislation is un-American, calling it “modern-day McCarthyism.” For months, the left has criticized McConnell for countering in 2016 a proposal by the Obama administration to warn state election officials about Russian interference in the election; he reportedly agreed to send a vaguer letter regarding “malefactors” who sought to “disrupt” the election. But McConnell’s critics revived their attacks last week, after special counsel Robert Mueller confirmed his report on Russian interference in the presidential election for the first time before Congress. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York asked McConnell for a unanimous request to pass a bill that …