Extreme abortion laws shine light on Trump’s courting of religious right

Evangelical backing for a thrice-married celebrity is not as odd as it seems: on abortion, the supreme court and more, the president has delivered win after win After bowing his head in prayer, King Cyrus, deeply flawed men who nevertheless carried out Gods will. David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University, suggests Christian evangelicals start with an assumption of human depravity that sets expectations low, so Trumps lying and philandering and Twitter rage and can be overlooked. Speaking at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, Barker also noted the parallel between Christian nationalism and white nationalism over Trumps 2016 election slogan, Make America great again. He said: While it is certainly true, …

Why we are addicted to conspiracy theories

The long read: Outsiders and the disenfranchised have always embraced the existence of wild plots and cover-ups. But now the biggest conspiracy-mongers are in charge In January 2015, I spent the longest, queasiest week of my life on a cruise ship filled with conspiracy theorists. As our boat rattled toward Mexico and back, I heard about every wild plot, secret plan and dark cover-up imaginable. It was mostly fascinating, occasionally exasperating and the cause of a headache that took months to fade. To my pleasant surprise, given that I was a reporter travelling among a group of deeply suspicious people, I was accused of working for the CIA only once. The unshakeable certainty possessed by many of the conspiracy theorists …

Ending the Iranian sanctions waiver could be own goal for Trump

Preventing Irans oil from reaching the market will raise oil prices and US business costs The past two and a bit years have shown that it is naive to expect Donald Trumps strategic and economic policies to demonstrate coherence. Even so, the lack of joined-up thinking in the decision to end the those responsible for the attack also dealt a heavy blow to a Sri Lankan economy that is highly vulnerable to a collapse in the number of overseas visitors. Since the end of the civil war a decade ago, the number of people attracted by Sri Lankas mix of beaches, culture and wildlife has increased sixfold. Tourism accounts for a hefty 11% of national output. The number of visitors …

Muellers account of Trumps world acts as a cautionary tale for UK politics | Will Hutton

Senior figures in both countries behave as if they are above the law. Enough is enough Trump was right. His presidency was announced. Its tantamount to treasonous to work so closely with the Russian secret services during the campaign, with the Russians plainly hoping a Trump presidency would turn a blind eye to the subpoena by the House judicial committee for the full unredacted report is the first step. Democrat leaders may have misgivings about how impeachment will play out politically, but they have a constitutional and moral obligation to act against such a president with such a record. This behaviour sets new abysmal lows. Republican senators will almost certainly block the two-thirds majority needed to secure impeachment in the …

Fox News: how an anti-Obama fringe set the stage for Trump

The election of Americas first black president marked a tipping point on the road to becoming a mouthpiece for Trump Shortly after died in 2017, was speaking to conservative host Donald Trump eight years later would go on to be regarded as Ailes greatest triumph: an apex of the politics of grievance, largely rooted in race and nationalism, that investigation provided the most comprehensive view to date of the relationship between Fox News and the Trump White House, unpacking with fresh details how the network transformed from a conservative-friendly news channel to a mouthpiece of the president. As Fox News contended with the ensuing fallout, another firestorm unfolded: two of the networks primetime hosts Tucker Carlson, among Trumps most vocal …

Trump Jr.’s New Zealand tweets prove he doesn’t understand the media

Friday in Christchurch, New Zealand, a gunman went to at least one mosque and opened fire, committing one of the worst acts of anti-Muslim violence in modern history, killing 49 people and leaving at least 40 wounded. Brenton Tarrant apparently published a manifesto before he allegedly committed the act, which was rife with irony, references to far-right movements, and meme culture. It also included a mention of President Donald Trump, where he said he saw the president as a symbol of “white identity.” That a person who was about to commit a racially motivated crime considered Trump a symbol of “white identity” is newsworthy, especially because the president has often been accused of using racist and anti-Islamic sentiments to inspire …