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Trump’s presidency is unravelling. But he won’t fall without a push | Gary Younge

The administration is mired in incompetence and calamity. So why aren’t his enemies presenting a hopeful alternative?

Even by Donald Trump’s standards, Tuesday was extraordinary. First came the tweet that he had fired his secretary of state Rex Tillerson. Then a state department spokesman issued a statement claiming Tillerson was “unaware of the reason” for his dismissal, and had heard about it on Twitter. A few hours later the spokesman had been fired too. Meanwhile the lawyer of porn actor Stephanie Clifford (stage name: Stormy Daniels), who allegedly had an affair with Trump, warned the country to “buckle up” as Clifford sought to extract herself from her non-disclosure agreement so she could “publish any materials, such as text messages, photos and/or videos relating to the president that she may have in her possession”. Back in Washington, the Trump team announced it would be hiring John McEntee, Trump’s former personal assistant, as a senior adviser for campaign operations. The day before, McEntee had been escorted from the White House because he is under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for serious financial crimes.

Related: Rex Tillerson was disastrous for the US. Mike Pompeo may be worse | Michael H Fuchs

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Paralysis in Congress as Republicans and Democrats dither over gun control

In the wake of the Florida shooting, calls for reform have grown louder but legislation has again stalled. Why can’t Congress get it right?

Three weeks after 17 people were in killed in a massacre at a high school in Parkland, Congress is once again paralyzed over how to respond.

Republicans are pushing for swift action on measures that would enhance school safety in an effort to calm public outrage fueled by the student survivors of the Stoneman Douglas shooting.

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Are we seeing signs of a Democratic wave in the primaries? | Jill Abramson

It’s thrilling to see signs of a Trump rebellion – it could lead to winning control of the House, and maybe the 2020 election

With new Democratic voters racing to the polls in big numbers in Tuesday’s primaries, Texas is looking purple rather than Republican red. That’s big news, especially on the heels of Democrats winning recently in Alabama, where Doug Jones beat Roy Moore, and Virginia, where Democrat Ralph Northam was elected governor.

Related: Texas primary: Democratic turnout soars as Republicans stand their ground

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Elizabeth Warren attacks 'dangerous, wrong' bill to relax rules on US banks

Democratic senator says Congress has forgotten the ‘devastating impact of the financial crisis’ and vows to stop bill passing the Senate

Congress has forgotten the “devastating impact of the financial crisis”, Senator Elizabeth Warren said on Tuesday as Republicans moved closer to relaxing banking regulations implemented after the financial crash of 2008.

Related: Three ways to remake the American economy for all | Elizabeth Warren

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Monica Lewinsky has called out Clinton’s abuse of power. Why haven’t we? | Suzanne Moore

The former White House intern has found truth and understanding – two qualities she was never shown at the time

It’s 2002 and I am in TK Maxx in Blackpool, trying to get away from the Blairite zeal of the Labour party conference, when I bump into a minister who is similarly unenamoured. “Bill Clinton is here,” he tells me. “They don’t know which woman to sit next to him at the fundraising dinner. Can’t be young. Or attractive. Because of … well, you know.” We do know. There was not a sexual encounter between Clinton and Monica Lewinsky (whom he “did not have sexual relations with”) that we had not pored over years earlier.

Later that evening, in swooshed the known liar. But no one seemed to mind. I saw cynical hacks behave like daft groupies. Clinton schmoozed everyone, with the famous grabbing your hand and then moving up your elbow trick that Joe Klein had chronicled. He spoke off the cuff on global politics for an hour or so. Brilliant, obviously. There was no doubting his immense charm. Later that night, Clinton was seen wandering around in search of a Big Mac with a mate he had brought along for the ride: Kevin Spacey. Hilarious! Alastair Campbell was said to be there too, hanging on the coat-tails of the Hollywood glamour. Oh, the pulling power! Though in 2018 we might call Clinton and Spacey predators. Well, I would.

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Trump signals backing for expanded background checks for gun purchases

  • Stance puts president at odds with NRA and Republican lawmakers
  • Trump urges congressmen drafting bill to be ‘strong’ on checks

Donald Trump has appeared to endorse a broader plan to expand background checks for gun purchases, a move that put the Republican president at odds with the National Rifle Association and lawmakers within his own party.

The president made the remarks during an extraordinary, hour-long White House meeting on Wednesday with congressional Republicans and Democrats who are under pressure to address gun violence in the aftermath of the massacre at a Florida high school earlier this month.

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'See the facts': top Democrat defends Russia memo as Trump fumes

Democrats’ memo, initially blocked by White House, responds to claim FBI wrongfully obtained a wiretap on Trump adviser

The author of a newly released Democratic memo on investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election defended his work on Sunday, after being attacked by Donald Trump.

On Saturday, Trump tweeted that the memo was “a total political and legal BUST”. He also tweeted personal abuse of California congressman Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, who he told Fox News was “a bad guy” responsible for leaks that were “probably illegal”.

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Why are Democratic party thinktanks still not backing universal healthcare?

The Center for American Progress is inching closer to ‘Medicare for All’ – but its version leaves some gaping holes

On Thursday, the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Democratic party-affiliated think tank, launched a proposal confusingly called “Medicare Extra for All”. For proponents of a Bernie Sanders-style single-payer “Medicare for All”, this might seem like a positive development. Well, yes and no.

On the one hand, “Medicare Extra” is a step to the left for CAP, suggesting that the Democratic establishment is following the lead of its galvanized base. On the other hand, this new proposal would exact sacrifices from patients to placate the insurance industry, and could serve to divert the single-payer movement, which has been rapidly gaining steam.

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Oprah Winfrey 'definitely' rules out 2020 run for US president

Winfrey tells Jimmy Kimmel it is ‘a humbling thing to have people think you can run the country’

Oprah Winfrey put to rest any lingering questions about a potential 2020 bid for the presidency, declaring on a late-night talk show that she was “definitely not running”.

The media mogul, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, was emphatic in her response to host Kimmel’s question about whether she would run.

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To fix American democracy, the left should commit to these four steps | Arlie Hochschild

The simple act of crossing the partisan divide will not resolve our crisis. But it could help us begin to slowly rebuild our nation

Ever since Donald Trump captured the imagination of enough American voters to win, liberals I’ve spoken with have felt in a quandary. Trump seems to be kicking at the foundation of democracy itself, and the Democratic party has yet to reinvent itself into a powerful, coherent alternative.

Some progressives have become highly anxious or depressed, and quit reading the newspapers in an effort to escape such feelings. Others have plunged into work with coalition-oriented groups – such as Indivisible or MoveOn.Org – or have joined single-issue groups such as Black Lives Matter.

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