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Ivanka Trump to become White House employee instead of informal adviser

President’s daughter decides to assume official role as unpaid government employee in attempt to mitigate ethical controversy over administration position<p>Following criticism from ethics experts, Ivanka Trump will become an official government employee, working as an unpaid adviser to her father in …

First family shows new look at White House

The new first family is offering a remarkably candid look at life in the White House. CNN's Sara Ganim reports.

President Donald Trump smashes record to get fastest majority disapproval rating ever

In normal times, it takes American presidents hundreds of days before they reach a majority disapproval rating.<p>This has been the case for the last five presidents - with Bill Clinton being the previous record holder after taking 573 days to have more than 50 per cent of Americans disapprove of his …

The America Donald Trump Is Inheriting, By The Numbers

When he takes the oath of office on Friday, President Trump will inherit a far different country than President Obama did eight years ago. It's a nation that is far more solid in some ways (economics) and shakier in others (terrorist attacks). We have gathered together dozens of statistics to show …

Why a Nevada congressman is the poster boy for Republicans' election day fears

It’s hard to be a Republican candidate these days if you were late to the renounce-Donald-Trump party. It’s especially tough to be Joe Heck.<p>The three-term Nevada congressman is embroiled in what may be the highest-profile contest for the US Senate in 2016: the race to fill the seat of Democrat …

Curt Schilling intends to run against Elizabeth Warren for US Senate seat

• Former MLB pitcher says ‘I’ve made my decision’ to run in 2018<br>• Schilling was fired by ESPN for slurs against transgender people<p>Curt Schilling, the three-time World Series champion and renowned post-baseball controversialist, has confirmed what he’s hinted at for some months: that he intends to run …

CNN's Senate rankings: Chamber could be split evenly

<b>(CNN) —</b> The race for control of the Senate is exceedingly close -- so much so that there's a distinct possibility of a split chamber for the first time since 2001.<p>Democrats need four pick-ups to win the Senate if Hillary Clinton wins the White House -- five seats if Donald Trump wins since the vice …

Pence edges Kaine in VP debate instant poll

<b>(CNN) —</b> Mike Pence scored a narrow win over Tim Kaine in the vice presidential debate Tuesday night, according to a CNN/ORC instant poll, with 48% of voters who watched the debate saying Pence did the better job while 42% think Kaine had the best night.<p>With two relatively unknown politicians taking …

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Gary Johnson begins first TV push with debates looming

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Gary Johnson, struggling to move his poll numbers high enough to earn a spot in the presidential debates, is beginning his first television advertising of the 2016 campaign.<p>Despite unprecedented discomfort with the Republican nominee, Johnson, the Libertarian candidate and a …

Jeremy Corbyn held a press conference with UB40 and I have no idea what’s going on any more

Three months ago, <b>I stood on a boat with Nigel Farage as it was chased up and down the Thames by an enraged Bob Geldof on a pleasure cruiser</b>. At the time, I felt reasonably certain that politics in 2016 was unlikely to throw up an occasion more surreal.<p>But perhaps I spoke too soon, because this …

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'Political correctness' allowing Islamist extremism to flourish in British prisons, report warns

Political correctness in prisons is allowing extremism to flourish because guards are too afraid of confronting Muslims, a report has found.<p>A review into Islamist extremism in the British justice system has found that “cultural sensitivity” towards Muslim prisoners is preventing staff “challenging …

Twice as many British voters want to scrap 0.7% GDP aid pledge than keep it in place, poll finds

More than twice as many people want to scrap Britain’s commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of GDP on foreign aid then keep it, a new poll has found as Tory MPs demanded a review after the Brexit vote.<p>Seven in 10 Britons want to see the promise gone while just 30 per cent want it to remain in place, an …

Team GB’s second place in Olympic table underlines value not price of gold medal | Andy Bull

Britain’s finish above China in Rio is on the back of lottery money, thankless work by people behind the scenes and despite cuts to sports facilities<p>Twenty-seven golds, all told, and 23 silvers and 17 bronzes. Sixty-seven medals altogether, the most Great Britain have won at an Olympics since the …

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Corbyn denies threatening to phone MP's father over row

Jeremy Corbyn has been forced to deny bullying his political opponents after one of his MPs alleged that the Labour leader had threatened to telephone his father amid a row over the party’s direction.<p>Corbyn has denied such a conversation ever took place, but Conor McGinn, the opposition whip, has …

Alone in his bunker, Jeremy Corbyn plots the downfall of everyone who's humiliated him. It's a long list

Jeremy Corbyn’s patience is running out.<p>Until now he’s been content to give the (false) impression that he’s as tolerant of dissenters as previous Labour Party leaders always were of him and his Campaign Group comrades. His problem is rather different from his predecessors, however: Kinnock, Smith, …

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Ivanka Trump's smart, savvy speech

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ivanka Trump introduced her father Thursday evening at the Republican National Convention. You never would have known that just that morning, she told Savannah Guthrie on the "Today" show that she felt terrified about speaking "in a stadium like this" and hoped she does "a great job for …

Donald Trump's big test

<b>Cleveland (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump has never faced more pressure on the national stage than he will Thursday evening when he accepts the Republican nomination.<p>This week's Republican National Convention has been dominated by unexpected fireworks ranging from the plagiarized speech his wife delivered and …

Why did Cruz do it?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The story of the third night of the Republican convention was Ted Cruz's failure to endorse Donald Trump for president. As he stood on the podium at the Republican Convention, he channeled Ronald Reagan with repeated references to freedom. As the speech went on the crowd became restless. …

Theresa May's performance at PMQs was a morale-boosting triumph 

In any job, first impressions are important. It is always possible to recover from a difficult debut; but it is more forgivable to mess up in future if the initial outing has been a success. So Theresa May’s confident and fluent first performance at Prime Minister’s Questions will have come as a …

Remind you of anybody? At her first PMQs, Theresa May goes full Thatcher

I certainly don’t think anybody can be the new Margaret Thatcher,” Theresa May told the Telegraph, days before she became Prime Minister. “She was absolutely unique.”<p>I believed Mrs May when she said that. But now I’m not so sure. Because today, at her first PMQs as PM, she wasn’t merely channelling …

The social media whinging from Remainers is already unbearable

Yesterday I voted to Remain in the European Union. Today I could bang on about racism, xenophobia, small-mindedness, and the fact that nostalgia was once actually classed as an illness.<p>But I’m not going to do any of these things. I’m not going to do any of these things because if there is one thing …

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Labour's Rosena Allin-Khan holds Tooting in byelection

Labour’s Rosena Allin-Khan was declared the victor in the Tooting byelection in south London in a result which was overshadowed by the brutal killing hours earlier of Jo Cox.<p>The mother of two, a junior accident and emergency doctor as well as deputy leader of the Labour group on Wandsworth council, …

EU referendum: Remain uses Project Fear more in tweets than Leave, analysis shows

Both official campaigns in the EU referendum are engaged in Project Fear on their Twitter platforms, according to analysis by The Telegraph.<p>Tweets published by the @StrongerIn and @Vote_Leave campaigns between January and June 2016 show that the Leave campaign is generally more positive than the …

Polls show increasing support for Brexit; Murdoch's Sun backs 'Leave'

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s “Leave” campaign opened up a 7-point lead over “Remain” ahead of a referendum on membership of the European Union an opinion poll showed late Monday, while the nation’s biggest-selling newspaper urged readers to vote to quit the bloc.<p>Branded merchandise is seen in the …

Brexit won't end European project - European Parliament vice-chief

BERLIN (Reuters) - A British exit from the European Union would not end the idea of a unified Europe and should not be seen as a “horror scenario”, European Parliament Vice President Alexander Lambsdorff said in a German radio interview.<p>Union flags and the Big Ben clocktower cover notebooks are …

Labour's lazy Europhilia shows it has given up on winning elections

My first foray into the choppy waters of Euroscepticism came in 1998. I attended a branch meeting of my local Labour Party in Glasgow and asked for support for a motion I had crafted, opposing in principle the notion that the UK should ever adopt the European Single currency.<p>It was a risky gambit. …

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