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Rod Rosenstein Suggested Secretly Recording Trump and Discussed 25th Amendment

WASHINGTON — The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested last year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office for …

U.S. Department of Justice

The best recent crime novels – review roundup

Inspired by the case of milliner Sarah Metyard and her daughter Sally, who were hanged in 1762 for mistreating one of their young apprentices so badly that she died, Laura Purcell’s second novel, <b>The Corset</b> (Raven, £12.99), is a compelling slice of early Victorian gothic. Ruth Butterham, a …

How to write the perfect sentence

A sentence is much more than its literal meaning. It is a living line of words where logic and lyric meet<p>A good lesson for any writer: make each sentence worth reading, and something in it will lead the reader into the next one<p>Every writer, of school age and older, is in the sentences game. The …

Columbia University

US embassy in London, snubbed by Trump, opens doors to visitors

The new US embassy in London has been famously derided by Donald Trump, who was so unimpressed with its unfashionable location and the “bad deal” behind it he refused to attend its opening ceremony.<p>But the US president’s lack of enthusiasm for his country’s new home in the capital has not put off …

Donald Trump

Revealed: Russia’s secret plan to help Julian Assange escape from UK

Russian diplomats held secret talks in London last year with people close to Julian Assange to assess whether they could help him flee the UK, the Guardian has learned.<p>A tentative plan was devised that would have seen the WikiLeaks founder smuggled out of Ecuador’s London embassy in a diplomatic …

Julian Assange

The Week in Good News: Berlin Marathon, Doctor Who, Pizza for the Troops

<i>Sometimes it seems as if we’re living under a constant barrage of heavy news. But it isn’t all bad out there. This feature is meant to send you into the weekend with a smile, or at least a lighter heart. Want to get The Week in Good News by email? Sign up here.</i><p><i>Here are seven great things we wrote</i> …

Eliud Kipchoge

Stormy Daniels’s memoir: Funny, vulgar, brash and believable

By Jill Filipovic<p><i>Jill Filipovic is a journalist and a lawyer, and the author of “The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness.”</i><p>Stormy Daniels would like to set the record straight, and the first thing she wants you to know is that she didn’t want to be here. She hates public speaking. She kept the …

Stormy Daniels

Trump's Opening Speaker for Tonight's Las Vegas Rally Is an Insane Conspiracy Theorist 

Tonight, President Trump will speak at a rally in Las Vegas in an attempt to shore up votes for the GOP ahead of the midterms. His opener for the …

Las Vegas

I Highly Recommend Joining This Cult

Let me tell you about the cult I have joined: the cult of thrift. The indoctrination started gently, with a podcast here, a YouTube video there, about minimalism, debt-free living, frugality, decluttering, zero waste.<p>Then, before I knew it, I was listening to an American evangelical Christian named …

Debt Management

After three years and hundreds of gruesome deaths, Britain’s ‘Cat Killer’ case has been solved

LONDON — The fiend was dubbed the “Croydon Cat Killer.” It had a chilling ring.<p>The brute left his — or her — victims scattered alongside the motorways around the British capital, the fringes of remnant woodlands and the gardens of suburban towns.<p>Police reported signs of “blunt-force trauma” — and …

National Crime Agency

Evangelical Leaders Are Frustrated at G.O.P. Caution on Kavanaugh Allegation

Worried their chance to cement a conservative majority on the Supreme Court could slip away, a growing number of evangelical and anti-abortion leaders are expressing frustration that Senate Republicans and the White House are not protecting Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh more forcefully from a sexual …

Republicans

Democrats fear Trump ‘October Surprise’ document dump

Democrats worry that Trump and his allies are teeing up a series of document releases meant to gin up GOP voters before the midterms.<p>Democratic operatives are growing anxious that Republicans working to undermine the FBI’s Russia probe are teeing up a series of document dumps meant to gin up GOP …

Donald Trump

The Guardian view on Mrs May’s Chequers plan: dead in Salzburg | Editorial

The short shrift given to Theresa May’s Chequers plan for Brexit by the president of the European council, Donald Tusk, was a foreseeable and therefore avoidable wounding. It is a personal rebuff to the prime minister, who has staked her reputation on sealing a deal with the European Union on terms …

Northern Ireland

Man Booker prize shortlist narrows the field – and also its sights?

What is the point of a literary prize? Is it there to reward good books, or good readers? Does winning the Man Booker prize mean a book is, by default, the best book written in English of the year? And if we’re rewarding “best”, what does that encompass – best prose, best voice, best subject, best …

Man Booker Prize

‘Big Satire is the least of Trump’s problems’: Garry Trudeau weighs in on how humor has taken on the president

<b>IN THE PREFACE</b> to his new book “#SAD!: Doonesbury in the Time of Trump,” creator Garry Trudeau brings up the old Finley Dunne adage about advocacy journalism, about how it should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. And that reference naturally raises the question: Does Trudeau think …

Political Cartoons

Mueller and his superposse just keep on coming

The special counsel investigation of President Trump increasingly reminds me of the classic 1969 film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”<p>Butch and Sundance, played by Paul Newman and Robert Redford, are unstoppable outlaws in the Wild West until suddenly they meet their match. One day, while …

Donald Trump

I came to America as a refugee. You took me just as I was.

<i>Roya Hakakian is the author of the memoir “Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran” and two books of poetry in Persian.</i><p>I arrived in the United States as a refugee in May 1985. I was 19. I came with only a backpack and little English. Making matters worse, I had come of …

A German roofer working on a cathedral found a message in bottle, written by his grandfather

GOSLAR, Germany — On March 26, 1930, four roofers in this small west German town inscribed a message to the future. “Difficult times of war lie behind us,” they wrote. After describing the soaring inflation and unemployment that followed the First World War, they concluded, “We hope for better …

Trump feels angry, unprotected amid mounting crises

<i>Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story quoted an unnamed former White House official making ad hominem references to President Trump. Those references violated Washington Post policy and should not have been published.</i><p>President Trump’s declaration that “I don’t have an attorney general” …

Donald Trump

The Nobel Prize in Literature Takes This Year Off. Our Critics Don’t.

Right about this time of year is when the literary world would normally be praising, bemoaning or just scratching its collective head over the latest winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Alas, this year’s prize has been “postponed” (two will be awarded in 2019) because of a sex abuse scandal in …

Nobel Prize

The Plot to Subvert an Election: Unraveling the Russia Story So Far

For two years, Americans have tried to absorb the details of the 2016 attack: spies, leaked emails, social media fraud — and President Trump’s claims that it’s all a hoax. The Times explores what we know and what it means.

Donald Trump

David Foster Wallace was right – even in paradise we will need the internet | Brigid Delaney

You don’t have to be living in a hellhole to want to numb yourself<p>What did the internet look like in 1996? It was both basic and chaotic – message boards and some forums. Few people had email. You had to dial up with a modem. There was no social media – no Facebook or Twitter or Wikipedia.<p>According …

David Foster Wallace

'Trumpwashing': the danger of turning the Republican resistance into liberal heroes

What we have seen is a massive Trumpwashing that has effectively rebranded much of the establishment Sam Husseini, analyst<p>People who consider themselves liberals and progressives seem to have forgotten their scepticism Jackson Lears, history professor<p>The empire strikes back. At late senator John …

George W. Bush

Is it acceptable to laugh at Donald Trump’s mushroom?

<b>I see Stormy Daniels has a book out and everyone’s talking about a certain aesthetic judgment she makes</b><b>. Is this really where we are now: judging how penises look?</b> <i>James, by email</i><p>Yes. So, for anyone who has been living under a rock for the past 36 hours, Daniels has indeed written a book in which …

Stormy Daniels

The war on global poverty ‘hangs in the balance’

<i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know?</i> Sign up for the Today’s WorldView newsletter <i>.</i><p><b>In Europe, a host of politicians look south across the Mediterranean and see a threat</b>. Italy’s new populist …

World News

‘I should have fired him before I got here’: Trump says he regrets not firing Comey sooner

President Trump said Tuesday that he regrets not firing James B. Comey as FBI director sooner, asserting that he should have done so while still a candidate for president -- an option that was not actually available to him.<p>“If I did one mistake with Comey, I should have fired him before I got …

Donald Trump

What Putin whispers in Trump’s ear

President Trump met privately with Russian President Vladimir Putin for two hours in Helsinki in the summer, and we still don’t know what the two men discussed. The White House has also made a habit of not providing details of Trump’s calls with world leaders. When it comes to Trump’s private chats …

Donald Trump

‘I don’t have an attorney general’: Trump escalates his attacks on Jeff Sessions

President Trump escalated his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, offering a scathing assessment of his performance on the job and in his confirmation hearing.<p>“I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad,” Trump said in an interview with Hill.TV, in which he also said the …

Donald Trump

‘The Apprentice’ book excerpt: At CIA’s ‘Russia House,’ growing alarm about 2016 election interference

The warren of cubicles was secured behind a metal door. The name on the hallway placard had changed often over the years, most recently designating the space as part of the Mission Center for Europe and Eurasia. But internally, the office was known by its unofficial title: “Russia House.”<p>The unit …

The Apprentice