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fascinating piece by skipping a few steps along the logic of boriss brexit stance all eyes on dublin as the ba
Fascinating piece by @pmdfoster skipping a few steps along the logic of Boris’s Brexit stance. All eyes on Dublin as the backstop crunch approaches.
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trump s great gamble is that causing enough economic suffering will force iran to come to the table and negoti
Trump's great gamble is that causing enough economic suffering will force Iran to come to the table and negotiate a new, wider nuclear deal. [Rather than triggering military conflict.]
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new sanctions targeting irans supreme leader announced by trump another notch up in the extreme pressure campa
New sanctions targeting Iran’s Supreme Leader announced by Trump. Another notch up in the extreme pressure campaign. US confident Iranian economy is crumbling as a result. Qu is what comes next.
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due on any minute to discuss americas stance on iran and where the stand off could go next speaking from sunny
Due on @LBC any minute to discuss America’s stance on Iran and where the stand-off could go next. Speaking from sunny Washington.
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britain handling irans imminent breaching of the nuclear deal with a middle east minister only 6 weeks into th
Britain handling Iran’s imminent breaching of the nuclear deal with a Middle East minister only 6 weeks into the job and a foreign sec touring the country to become PM. Not a great look.
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startling stat from this elizabeth warren new yorker profile which explains a lot about current voter disillus
Startling stat from this Elizabeth Warren New Yorker profile which explains a lot about current voter disillusionment - no average wage rise for almost 40 years.
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full context for the make iran great again trump quote via white house pool
Full context for the “make Iran great again” Trump quote. (Via White House pool).
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trump clearly revelling in his decision to stand down the bombers says hes been praised today and people see h
Trump clearly revelling in his decision to stand down the bombers. Says he’s been praised today and people see him as a “dove”.
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trump while discussing how he ultimately wants iran to flourish economically lets make iran great again
Trump, while discussing how he ultimately wants Iran to flourish economically: “Let’s make Iran great again”.
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naming timeframes that then dont come to pass has been a feature of the trump presidency appointment announcem
Naming timeframes that then don’t come to pass has been a feature of the Trump presidency - appointment announcements, policy revelations, etc. Nightmare for hacks trying to report his comments. (Should you take them at face value or not?)

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how ages voted yougov poll 18 24 75 remain 25 49 56 remain 50 64 44 remain 65 39 remain euref
HOW AGES VOTED
(YouGov poll)
18-24: 75% Remain
25-49: 56% Remain
50-64: 44% Remain
65+: 39% Remain
#EUref
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exclusive british spy chiefs were briefed on christopher steeles dossier before donald trump knew of its exist
**Exclusive**

British spy chiefs were briefed on Christopher Steele’s dossier before Donald Trump knew of its existence.

Heads of MI5, MI6 + one of Theresa May’s most trusted security advisers all knew of the Russian links claims before Trump.

Summary thread below...
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new britains spy chiefs are secretly battling trump to stop classified info from the russia probe being releas
NEW: Britain’s spy chiefs are secretly battling Trump to stop classified info from the Russia probe being released.

has talked to a dozen+ UK/US officials about the row. Full details in paper tomorrow, a summary thread below.
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exclusive iranian linked terrorists were caught stashing three tonnes of bomb making materials in london in 20
*EXCLUSIVE*

Iranian-linked terrorists were caught stashing three tonnes of bomb-making materials in London in 2015.

It was just months after the Iran nuclear deal was secured. But MPs + the public have never been told.

Summary thread below...
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labour fightback is being driven by women voters tories had double digit lead among women now just 1pt
Labour fightback is being driven by women voters.

Tories had double-digit lead among women. Now just 1pt.
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wales leave england leave scotland remain northern ireland remain what now for united kingdom euref
Wales: Leave
England: Leave
Scotland: Remain
Northern Ireland: Remain
What now for “United Kingdom"?
#EUref
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exc donald trumps planned working visit to uk in jan 2018 has been dropped
EXC: Donald Trump’s planned ‘working visit’ to UK in Jan 2018 has been dropped.
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number 10 home office and foreign office declining to comment on trump ban impacting brits uh oh
Number 10, Home Office and Foreign Office declining to comment on Trump ban impacting Brits. Uh oh.
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a brief history of trump s win declarations over isil dec 9 we have defeated isis in syria feb 1 we will soon
**A brief history of Trump's win declarations over Isil**

Dec 9: "We have defeated ISIS in Syria"

Feb 1: "We will soon have destroyed 100%"

Feb 15: "Eradication... over the next 24 hrs"

Feb 16: "We are pulling back after 100% Caliphate victory!"

Mar 20: Defeat "by tonight"
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new hero mp in parliament attack tobias ellwood tried to save life of stabbed policeman
NEW: Hero MP in Parliament attack -- Tobias Ellwood tried to save life of stabbed policeman.
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