Paul Manafort goes on trial

Paul Manafort goes on trial

THE first criminal trial to emerge from the investigation Donald Trump has dubbed a “witch hunt” more than 100 times on Twitter—including 10 mentions since July 21st—begins this week in a federal district court in Alexandria, Virginia. Paul Manafort, a longtime Republican power-broker who ran Mr Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016, faces 32 counts of…

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The venomous ideology of religious intolerance

The venomous ideology of religious intolerance

I came to Britain as a child when my Ahmadi Muslim parents fled persecution in Pakistan. The hatred of Ahmadis is so ingrained in Pakistani society that I recall once seeing a sign, proudly planted into a popular roundabout, which advised readers to avoid three things: Satan, Shezan (a fruit-juice brand made by an Ahmadi-owned…

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Why tariffs are bad taxes

Why tariffs are bad taxes

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP has called tariffs “the greatest!” He is deploying them liberally, slapping new ones on imports that last year were worth $89bn. Sometimes he talks of tariffs as tools to bully others into taking down trade barriers of their own. At others he seems keen to protect American industries from competition that he…

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Why do people love “Love Island”?

Why do people love “Love Island”?

NOT many dating shows inspire 7,400-word short stories in the London Review of Books. John Lanchester’s effort was just one of a glut high-brow takes on “Love Island”, the determinedly low-brow hit show which came to an end last night. A cheap lump of programming designed to plug the gaps between repeats of “Family Guy”…

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Walmart tried to fight Amazon by having store workers deliver online orders after their shift — it didn’t work

Walmart tried to fight Amazon by having store workers deliver online orders after their shift — it didn’t work

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Standing before an audience of 14,000 people last year, Walmart Inc executives described a radical plan to help it fend off Amazon.com Inc and other online delivery services from stealing its customers. Walmart’s own store employees would bring online orders directly to shoppers’ homes after completing their usual shifts of up…

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