London Bridge attack: Boris Johnson ignores familys plea not to exploit victims’ deaths

Prime minister accused of distasteful attempt to turn London Bridge attack into election issue Boris Johnson has been accused of twisting the facts of the London Bridge terror attack in a distasteful attempt to turn it into an election issue, as he tried to blame Labour for the release of the terrorist who stabbed two people to death. Despite one of the victims families pleading for their sons death not to be used as an excuse for kneejerk political reaction, Johnson claimed that a lefty government was responsible for Usman Khan being freed. The family of Jack Merritt called for the murder of our beautiful, talented boy to not be exploited for political gain, as police as little as 24 …

Washington Post/New York Times: ‘Anonymous’ author claims officials considered resigning last year to sound alarm about Trump

Washington (CNN)The anonymous senior Trump administration official claims in their forthcoming book that Trump officials considered resigning together last year in a “midnight self-massacre” in hopes to sound an alarm about President Donald Trump, according to an excerpt obtained by The Washington Post. In excerpts published by the Post, which obtained a copy of the book, the author writes: “I was wrong about the ‘quiet resistance’ inside the Trump administration. Unelected bureaucrats and cabinet appointees were never going to steer Donald Trump the right direction in the long run, or refine his malignant management style. He is who he is.” The book describes the President as dealing with each new political crisis “like a twelve-year-old in an air traffic control …

Pompeo blames Iran for drone attacks on Saudi oil field

Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pinned the blame on Iran for an attack at a Saudi oil field in a pair of tweets Saturday. “Tehran is behind nearly 100 attacks on Saudi Arabia while Rouhani and Zarif pretend to engage in diplomacy,” Pompeo tweeted, referencing Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani and foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. “Amid all the calls for de-escalation, Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply. There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen,” Pompeo continued, providing no evidence that Iran was behind the attacks. Iranian foreign ministry spokesman, Seyyed Abbas Mousavi, rejected the accusation that Iran was behind the attack. “Such blind accusations and inappropriate comments in a diplomatic context …

The myth of the free speech crisis

The long read: How overblown fears of censorship have normalised hate speech and silenced minorities When I started writing a column in the Guardian, I would engage with the commenters who made valid points and urge those whose response was getting lost in rage to re-read the piece and return. Comments were open for 72 hours. Coming up for air at the end of a thread felt like mooring a ship after a few days on choppy waters, like an achievement, something that I and the readers had gone through together. We had discussed sensitive, complicated ideas about politics, race, gender and sexuality and, at the end, via a rolling conversation, we had got somewhere. In the decade since, the …

Immigration judges at DOJ were sent news briefing with link to anti-Semitic content

Washington (CNN)A Department of Justice office will no longer send daily news briefings after it sent its employees, including immigration judges, a briefing that included a link to a blog featuring racial and anti-Semitic slurs, according to the president of an immigration judges union. The National Association of Immigration Judges wrote in a letter obtained by CNN that several member judges found the content “offensive.” “The August 19, 2019 morning news briefings contained ‘news’ from a website known for publishing white nationalist ideology and Anti-Semitic tropes,” the group wrote. “NAIJ has received numerous complaints from judges across the nation who found the blog offensive and equated having it on the official (office) website to working in a hostile work environment.” …

What Anthony Scaramucci gets dead wrong in his turn against Donald Trump

(CNN)Anthony Scaramucci is done with Donald Trump. THE POINT — NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world of politics. Click to subscribe! In a tweet shortly after that CNN interview, Scaramucci wrote this:

Rape allegation against Trump splits GOP women of the Senate

(CNN)For now, Sen. Joni Ernst is a woman standing alone. Since the allegation was first reported, a rift has emerged among the women of the GOP Senate — those who steadfastly refuse to address the allegations against the President and those who are trying to find a middle ground, careful neither to contradict the President nor to suggest that sexual assault is not a serious issue. Sen. Martha McSally, Republican of Arizona, and Ernst have both been vocal about past experiences with sexual assault, but have taken markedly different approaches in their responses to the recent allegations. Ernst in January said she was “forced out as a survivor” of abuse and rape after a media report on her divorce. Ernst …

Pompeo, without offering evidence, blames Iran for Gulf tanker attacks

Washington (CNN)US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for an attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, saying the assessment was based on intelligence, but presented no evidence to support his claim. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said “suspicious doesn’t begin to describe” this latest incident, noting that one of the tankers is Japanese owned and that the attack took place as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was visiting Iran in an effort to calm tensions between Washington and Tehran. “Reported attacks on Japan-related tankers occurred while PM [Shinzo Abe] was meeting with Ayatollah [Khamenei] for extensive and friendly talks. Suspicious doesn’t begin to describe what likely transpired this morning,” Zarif tweeted. Pompeo characterized the attack …

Iranians fired missile at US drone prior to tanker attack, US official says

Washington (CNN)In the hours before the attack on the two tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, the Iranians spotted a US drone flying overhead and launched a surface-to-air missile at the unmanned aircraft, a US official told CNN. CNN has not seen any imagery from the US drones. Iran has strenuously denied any involvement in the attack. The same official also said in the days prior to the attack, a US Reaper drone was shot down in the Red Sea by what is believed to be an Iranian missile fired by Houthi rebels. The Pentagon had tough words for Iran on Friday as the US continues to assert its claim that Tehran was responsible for the attack on …

Trump’s family holiday to UK Disneyland makes for painful viewing | John Crace

With sketch writers banned from his press conference with Theresa May, I was forced to endure it on TV Monday Sometimes I worry I am more psychically connected to Tottenham Hotspur than is healthy. Having done my two events at the festival, I went back to the friends I was staying with to watch the Shoulder to shoulder with the president, negotiating a new trade deal. Instead, she cut a forlorn, diminished figure as she was both patronised and ignored by Trump, who made no secret that he was 75th anniversary commemorations profoundly moving, especially the handful of surviving veterans and letters from the dead. But theyve also generated some anger, because politicians may talk a good game about the …

Trump Jr, Bolsonaro Jr beware the Adult Idiot Sons of unhinged presidents | Arwa Madhawi

The worlds worst leaders have a dangerous heir who will risk peace to get Dads attention, says Guardian columnist Arwa Madhawi There is an emerging political phenomenon that poses a unique threat to international stability and our collective sanity. It is the growing influence of what is sometimes known, in political jargon, as the Idiot Adult Son. From Donald Trump to Benjamin Netanyahu, Jair Bolsonaro to Rodrigo Duterte, the worlds most awful leaders all seem to have knuckleheaded offspring who are doing their best to be just like Dad, and doing a lot of damage in the process. The Idiot Adult Son, by the way, should not confused with the awkward Russian meetings, is an Idiot Adult Son. (Ivanka is …