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The £93bn handshake: businesses pocket huge subsidies and tax breaks

Guardian’s analysis reveals that hidden subsidies, direct grants and tax breaks to big business amount to £3,500 a year given by each UK household<p>Taxpayers are handing businesses £93bn a year – a transfer of more than £3,500 from each household in the UK.<p>Related: Direct aid, subsidies, tax breaks – …

An Honest Comedian on Guns

In the endless struggle for gun sanity in America, it’s easy to get discouraged. Despite the President’s brave words immediately after the Charleston massacre—reprised in his indelible eulogy, a few days later, at the funeral of State Senator Clementa Pinckney—many people seem to think the real …

Guns

The true story of the Soviet engineer who became a CIA spy and saved the US $1 billion

A KH-11 ‘Keyhole’ spy satellite costs, give or take, around $2 billion. In 1979, the US Air Force estimated that Soviet engineer Adolf Tolkachev had <i>saved</i> Uncle Sam about as much–in just his first year as a CIA agent. David Hoffman’s intriguing <i>The Billion Dollar Spy</i> (Doubleday, 2015) tells …

Cold War

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European Travel

Texas Republican: Rape victims shouldn’t receive abortion coverage because their claims aren’t “measurable”

<b>State Sen. Donna Campbell (AP/Eric Gay)</b><p>Sen. Donna Campbell moved to require women to report incest and rape to police to receive insurance coverage<p>Jenny Kutner<p>May 7, 2015 6:19pm (UTC)<p>Texas Republican State Sen. Donna Campbell fought an amendment on Wednesday that would allow exceptions for rape and …

Feminism

Netanyahu’s New Government: Muddled, Contradictory, and Doomed?

Late Wednesday night, with less than an hour left until his mandate as Prime Minister of Israel expired, Benjamin Netanyahu managed to build a coalition government of sixty-one members of the Knesset, the absolute minimum needed for him to remain in office. Thirty come from the increasingly …

Israel

Getty Images photojournalist receives Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Ebola crisis

“A camera is a voice to share somebody’s story, and each picture is proof that our jobs do matter.”<p>Getty Images photojournalist Daniel Berehulak …

Revealed: hitlist of welfare cuts facing Britain's next chancellor

<b>Exclusive:</b> ‘Extremely controversial’ ideas drawn up by civil servants include benefit freeze and making it harder for sick people to claim state aid, leaked papers show<p>A list of “very, highly or extremely controversial” potential cuts to benefits have been drawn up by civil servants in response to …

Why Is the Republican Party So Bad at the Internet?

It's not just Carly Fiorina. Follow us down a clip art and '90s-web wormhole.<p>Carly Fiorina's presidential campaign announcement has taken a back seat to carlyfiorina.org, a political statement in its own right. Fiorina was CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005, and the aforementioned lightweight …

Carbs: Striking a Balance Between Having Enough Fuel to Train and Losing Weight

Carbs are everywhere in running, from the ritual of pre-race carbo loading to the gels and energy bars we eat in stride to the recovery drinks that …

The making of Ed Miliband

When New Labour died, Gordon Brown’s team went to the pub. It was the evening of Tuesday 11 May 2010, five days after the general election. After days of uncertainty, David Cameron had formed a coalition with the Liberal Democrats. Members of the No 10 staff toasted the end of an era in a room …

The triumph of Nicola Sturgeon | Ian Jack

The ‘most dangerous woman in Britain’ has become its most popular politician. Does her rise mark the emergence of a new Scotland?<p>When Nicola Sturgeon took the stage on 28 March before 3,000 devotees at the Scottish National party’s spring conference in Glasgow, the SNP’s deputy leader, Stewart …

The austerity delusion | Paul Krugman

Austerity,Public services policy,Economics,Public sector cuts,Public finance,Society,Politics,Liberal-Conservative coalition,Conservatives,Liberal Democrats,Business,UK news<p>The case for cuts was a lie. Why does Britain still believe it?

A Photographer's Personal Look at Vietnam 40 Years After the War

Hanoi's street in an afternoon in May, 2010.<br>Maika Elan<p>1 of 16<p>Today, Vietnam commemorates the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, which led to the …

How Big Data Is Changing Healthcare

If you want to find out how Big Data is helping to make the world a better place, there’s no better example than the uses being found for it in healthcare.<p>The last decade has seen huge advances in the amount of data we routinely generate and collect in pretty much everything we do, as well as our …

Jon Stewart Grills Judith Miller on Iraq, She Blames the Clintons

The Daily Show faced off against the disgraced New York Times journalist who rang the bell for the Iraq War on his program. Things got heated.<p>The …