Stop fantasizing and deal with reality: it’s going to be Biden against Trump | Margaret Sullivan
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by Margaret Sullivan
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Weird things do happen in US politics, but unless something very weird happens, we are looking at this reality: a rematch of 2020 It can be diverting – even fun – to fantasize about who might become the next president of the United States. Wouldn’t it be cool if, say, the dynamic, 52-year-old Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer were to be elected, with perhaps a forward-thinking congressman such as Jamie Raskin of Maryland or Hakeem Jeffries of New York as her vice-president? Wouldn’t it be quite an improvement over our previous disastrous president if, for example, former congresswoman Liz C ..read more
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‘An abomination’: Officials admit to blown call as lowly Pistons lose again
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by Agencies
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Donte DiVincenzo appeared to crash into Ausar Thompson Pistons’ Monty Williams decries ‘worst call of the season’ Josh Hart scored the go-ahead layup with 2.8 seconds remaining and the host New York Knicks pulled out a controversial 113-111 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. Hart’s winning score was set up by a blatant missed call with 8.5 seconds left and Detroit up 111-110. New York’s Donte DiVincenzo dove for the ball near half court and crashed into the legs of Ausar Thompson, who had been trying to get control of the ball. No foul was called, and the ball ended up in the ..read more
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Unidentified white powder sent to Florida home of Donald Trump Jr
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by Guardian staff and agencies
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A person familiar with the matter said officials do not believe the substance is deadly, although tests were inconclusive A letter containing an unidentified white powder sent to the home of Donald Trump Jr in Jupiter, Florida, prompted emergency crews to respond on Monday. A person familiar with the matter said that results of tests on the substance were inconclusive, but officials do not believe it was deadly. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to confirm details of the letter, which were first reported by the Daily Beast ..read more
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Sweden rules out sending troops to Ukraine after Nato membership agreed
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by Miranda Bryant in Stockholm, and Patrick Wintour
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Ulf Kristersson distances himself from Macron, saying ‘France’s tradition is not the Swedish tradition’ Ukraine war – live updates Sweden’s prime minister has ruled out sending troops to Ukraine for now – saying the subject is “not relevant at all” – putting down a clear marker between himself and Emmanuel Macron as he prepares for his historically neutral country to imminently join Nato. Ulf Kristersson, who on Monday hailed a “historic day” as Sweden’s Nato membership was finally approved by Hungary, clearing the Nordic country’s path to join the western military alliance, said that while ..read more
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Ryan Gosling tipped to sing I’m Just Ken at the Oscars
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by Catherine Shoard
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Variety reports that the Barbie star will perform the film’s keynote anthem at the Academy Awards on 10 March Barbie’s chances of sweeping the Academy Awards may be looking slimmer, but the odds of the movie nonetheless dominating this year’s ceremony have increased with reports that Ryan Gosling will perform I’m Just Ken. Variety reports that Gosling will perform the keynote anthem from Greta Gerwig’s smash hit comedy at the event on 10 March. Speaking to the magazine earlier this month, Gosling said that he hadn’t then been invited to sing ..read more
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Six-year Dutch trial ends in life sentence for cocaine cartel leader
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by Jon Henley Europe correspondent
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Ridouan Taghi among three gang members given life terms with 14 others given lesser sentences A Dutch court has sentenced the head of a brutal cocaine cartel to life imprisonment over a campaign of murders and attempted killings that prosecutors described as “a well-oiled killing machine”. Ridouan Taghi was among three gang members handed life terms, with 14 others sentenced to between 21 months and 29 years in jail after an unprecedented trial whose nearly six years of hearings were marked by three more related murders ..read more
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Pretty, pretty bad: Curb Your Enthusiasm takes on voter suppression
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by Sam Levine in New York
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Voting rights activists applaud as Larry David stumbles into the center of controversy – and comes out a national hero A few weeks ago, Cliff Albright, the co-founder of Black Voters Matter, brought up an unlikely topic during a weekly staff meeting: the HBO comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm. The first episode of the show’s 12th and final season had just premiered. At the end of the episode, Larry David, the co-creator of Seinfeld and the show’s curmudgeonly, faux-pas-prone protagonist, gets arrested for giving a bottle of water to another character as she stands in the sweltering Georgia heat. “Tha ..read more
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The ‘Black-Jewish alliance’ in America: the myth of a special relationship | Jeff Melnick
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by Jeff Melnick
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It has been an article of faith that Jews and Black Americans have a natural bond, but a ‘Black-Jewish alliance’ is not, or at least not reliably, a thing The relentless siege of Gaza in the past few months, which has most recently taken shape as a brutal attack on the civilians of Rafah, has influenced all manner of conversations about identity in the United States. Many of us have been forced to reconsider the meaning of kinship and solidarity as we watch the Israeli genocide of Palestinians unfold daily on our screens. One major arena of kinship and solidarity that has come under scrutiny s ..read more
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Ready meal king Charlie Bigham: ‘I haven’t seen a single benefit from Brexit yet’
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by Sarah Butler
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The man who started making fish pies on his kitchen table served up healthy sales of £133m last year, despite staff and cost issues … and the problem of being outside the EU There was a time when Charlie Bigham would regularly get calls from customers demanding to know whether he really existed or was just a made-up front for his fresh ready meals company. Not only is Bigham real – it’s his face on the pack – he is still the majority owner and a full-time worker at the business he began, appropriately enough, at his kitchen table in 1996 ..read more
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Sardinia elects leftwing president, in blow to Giorgia Meloni
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by Angela Giuffrida in Rome
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Alessandra Todde of the Five Star Movement, backed by the Democratic party, is the Italian island’s first female president The Italian prime minister, Giorgia Meloni, has suffered her first regional election setback since taking power after a leftwing candidate was elected president of Sardinia. Alessandra Todde, a politician with the Five Star Movement (M5S) who was backed by the Democratic party (PD), has become the island’s first female president, narrowly beating Paolo Truzzu, the rightwing candidate chosen by Meloni ..read more
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