Something in the Air

Something weird is happening at the U.S. Embassy in Havana. Diplomats are reporting spells of dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, and fatigue. Fearful that someone in the Cuban government, or some other actor, might be bombarding the homes and hotels where American diplomats are staying with some sort of “sonic weapon,” the Trump administration is pulling about 60 percent of the embassy’s staff from the country.

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After revelations that Donald Trump’s son-in-law used private email for official business comes news that he registered as a female voter in 2009Jared Kushner is no stranger to queries about his form-filling – a request for White House security clearance had to be resubmitted to include all his foreign contacts – but his latest controversy has perhaps come as more of a surprise. He has been registered to vote as a woman for the last eight years.Records filed with the New York state board of elections show Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser registered as a female voter in 2009. Continue reading…

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Gaining voters

What does Germany’s controversial third biggest party actually stand for?

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In a county that flipped Trump’s way, the departure of a moderate congressman offers the first real test of the maverick president’s popularityIn his climb to the presidency, Donald Trump managed to grab 209 US counties that had voted twice for Barack Obama. Each county flipped for reasons all its own.But the overall phenomenon – of Trump eating the Democrats’ lunch in Obama districts – raised a basic question about the future of American politics: were those county results an aberration, or did they reveal an enduring shift? Continue reading…

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Trump says a deal to protect undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children would include ‘massive border security’, but ‘the wall will come later’What is Daca and who are the Dreamers?Donald Trump said on Thursday he was “fairly close” to a deal with Democrats to protect young undocumented migrants brought to the US as children, as his second attempt to reach across the aisle in as many weeks caused shockwaves in Washington. Related: The Newest Americans: portraits from the ‘most diverse’ US university Continue reading…

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