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The psychology of punishment is key to why people vote against their own interests, says an Oxford neuroscientist

Donald Trump would not be US president without the votes of many, including Obamacare enrollees and immigrants, who are likely to find themselves worse off because of his policies. To some Democrat supporters, this widespread voting against self-interests can seem impossible to understand. To Molly …

Psychology

Daniel Dennett: ‘I begrudge every hour I have to spend worrying about politics’

Truth has long been a key concern for the American philosopher. He’s in the UK to discuss his latest book on consciousness, but there’s just no escaping Trump…<p>I meet Daniel Dennett, the great American rationalist, on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration, as good a day as any to contemplate the …

Donald Trump

Following up on tough talk, Trump administration adds sanctions on Iran

Two days after warning that it was putting Iran "on notice," the Trump administration Friday imposed relatively mild economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic as punishment for last Sunday's ballistic missile test and its support for militant groups in regional conflicts.<p>The penalties, which …

Middle East

Why scared Democrats need to back Neil Gorsuch

If President Trump is a budding authoritarian, as his critics allege, one of the safeguards is Judge Neil Gorsuch.<p>For all that Trump has flouted …

How Trump’s political playbook evolved since he first ran for president in 2000

On a windy night 17 years ago, the pre-Apprentice, pre-Twitter, pre-president New York developer Donald Trump could be found greeting Reform party members at his Florida Mar-a-Lago mansion.<p>“Trump 2000” campaign badges had been laid out on an ornate table: the same table where, two weeks ago, Trump …