Rob Gray

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England’s Most Brutal King Was Its Best Peacemaker

Since the publication of my <i>William the Conqueror</i> in the Yale University Press English Monarchs series in October 2016, I have often been asked how …

Some celebrate the 1967 conflict as a liberation, others believe it launched a disastrous occupation<p>On Wednesday the Palestinian shopkeepers in the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City will pull closed their metal shutters under curfew. Residents will retreat behind the doors of their houses in …

Israel

Chief Justice Roberts leans to the left

ON MAY 1st John Roberts, America’s conservative chief justice, listed left to form a rare majority with the Supreme Court’s four liberal members. …

The president is learning the limits of power<p>On his 100th day in office on Saturday, facing historically low popularity ratings, a succession of intractable foreign crises and multiple investigations of his links with Moscow, Donald Trump reminded the nation that 1 May was Loyalty Day.<p>The day is a …

Donald Trump

Why liberals and conservatives disagree on police: Column

Anyone discussing policing in the U.S. needs to grapple with the fact that there is a wide racial divide in perception of police performance.<p>“We have to give power back to the police,” Donald Trump proclaimed during his campaign, and earlier this year he delivered ... or so he thinks. The early …

Trump lawyer: Protesters violated campaign's First Amendment right

President TrumpDonald John TrumpLighthizer says NAFTA countries are 'nowhere' near reaching a deal White House aide taped meetings with Trump to …

Burst your bubble: five conservative articles on abortion, guns and Girls

This week, as Trump nears the 100 days mark, we find conservatives considering HBO dramas and liberal conspiracy theories. For some, their legal troubles are beginning to interfere with their on-air performances. Others are considering how the elevation of Neil Gorsuch to the supreme court might …

Alex Jones

President Trump, resurrect religious freedom

Today is Easter Sunday, Christianity's defining event and most solemn feast day. It is the culmination of Holy Week, which commemorates the arrest, …

Religion

The move teed up a final vote for Donald Trump’s nominee for the supreme court on Friday and thwarted efforts by Democrats to block the confirmation<p>TheUS Senate made a historic rules changeon Thursday that will dramatically alter nominations to the supreme court. By a vote of 52-48 along party …

U.S. Supreme Court

The Gorsuch Vote Shows The Old Senate Is Dead

The U.S. Senate used to be a place where a senator could oppose a Supreme Court nominee without blocking a confirmation vote. Samuel Alito was …

Democrats Are Right to Oppose Gorsuch, but They’re Doing It All Wrong

By making the fight about the Supreme Court nominee’s alleged bias rather than the Republican dirty tricks of 2016, Democrats risk harming the …

When The One Percent Sent Its Kids to War

A century ago this week, the United States entered World War One. Unlike today, the children of America’s wealthiest families were the first into …

What the Freedom Caucus means by “freedom”: We’ve come a long way downhill since FDR | Salon.com

Since the American Health Care Act crashed and burned last week, the ultraconservative faction in Congress known as the House Freedom Caucus has deservedly received most of the blame from President Donald Trump and other top Republicans. On Thursday Trump even urged his supporters to "fight" the …

Donald Trump: An embattled president … without a battle

President Trump is not the first president to see his approval rating drop to 35 percent, as it did in Gallup's most recent tracking poll.<p>But he is the first president on record to go that low without it owing to one of three things: war, Watergate or economic strife.<p>Gallup noted Monday that most …

European fascism was popular because, for those not persecuted, it was a welfare state

An analogy is haunting the United States—the analogy of fascism. It is virtually impossible (outside certain parts of the Right-wing itself) to try to understand the resurgent Right without hearing it described as—or compared with—20th-century interwar fascism. Like fascism, the resurgent Right is …

The supreme court nominee was the only judge to rule that Alphonse Maddin deserved to be fired for deserting broken-down truck in sub-zero temperatures<p>The case took seven years and went before seven judges but in the end, Detroit native Alphonse Maddin celebrated victory against the delivery firm …

Mitch McConnell

The platforms Labour and Conservative members were elected on in 2015 have been torn down – largely by their own sides<p>Parliament needs a nickname. It used to be common practice for periods of legislative activity to acquire monikers. Some were more original than others. A three-week session in …

George Osborne

Neil Gorsuch’s originalism problem

My greatest concern about Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is his self-proclaimed “originalist” method of constitutional interpretation. This puts …

How the First Amendment Applies to Trump’s Presidency

One of the strangest sentences in American law comes from Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. “Under the First Amendment,” he wrote, in 1974, “there is no such thing as a false idea.” That is not a decree that the world brims with truth. He meant that we rely on the marketplace of ideas, rather than on …

Former prime minister proposes repatriating powers to Holyrood from Brussels rather than Westminster<p>Gordon Brown has called for Holyrood to be given sweeping new powers after Brexit as a “third way” to independence.<p>The former prime minister said the UK should become a federal state, with the …

Great Britain

Everything you need to know about the Republican party’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Obama’s signature legislation

Health Care

Has the chaos surrounding the rollout of Trump’s revised travel ban left you confused? Here’s everything you need to know<p>Donald Trump’s second executive order banning travel from six majority-Muslim countries was slated to go into effect on Thursday at 12.01am EST. But in the hours before it was …

Immigration

The Legacy Of Russia's Revolution A Hundred Years On: How Millions Died For A Horrible Idea

A century has passed since revolution came to Russia. But the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II on March 15, 1917 passed without an official remembrance in St. Petersburg, where a new Russia was birthed.<p>The Putin government may want to preserve national unity or fear encouraging modern …

World History

Iowa representative Steve King offers praise for anti-immigrant politician Geert Wilders, saying: ‘We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies’<p>The Republican congressman Steve King applauded the far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders on Sunday, using Twitter to write an apparent …

Republicans

Professor Paul Ryan's Health-Care Pitch: This Is the Bill

“It really comes down to a binary choice,” the speaker declared on Thursday, rejecting major changes sought by conservatives.<p>When most political leaders confront a moment of crisis, needing to salvage their careers or a prized piece of legislation, they deliver a speech.<p>Not Paul Ryan.<p>His healthcare …

Health Care

Republicans’ rushed health bill is everything they said they hated about Obamacare

At 4:30 am Thursday, after a 17-hour markup, the GOP’s health bill passed out of the Ways and Means Committee untouched.<p>The American Health Care Act passed out of committee exactly 58.5 hours after it was introduced on Monday evening. The committee voted in the bill’s favor without knowing how much …

The 20 times the Conservatives tweeted promising not to raise National Insurance

Many have been dismayed by the news that the Conservatives will be breaking their manifesto pledge not to raise National Insurance.<p>Those who follow the Tory Party's official press Twitter account will be even more flabbergasted, as they vehemently promised 20 times not to raise the tax.<p>Under David …

United Kingdom

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The Republican health plan fixes a problem Paul Ryan feels passionately about

It cuts marginal tax rates for low-income families — by giving them less health care.<p>One feature of the American Health Care Act — Paul Ryan’s proposed alternative to the Affordable Care Act — is that, relative to Obamacare, it helps the poor less and the middle class more. A person whose annual …