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Revealed: Spain secretly lobbied US Congress on getting joint sovereignty over Gibraltar

Revealed: Spain secretly lobbied US Congress on getting joint sovereignty over Gibraltar

Spain embarked on a secret lobbying drive to push US congressmen into supporting a plan to strip Britain of sole sovereignty over , The Daily Telegraph can reveal.Seven current and former members of the House of Representatives told this newspaper the Spanish Embassy in Washington DC pushed back after they signed a resolution backing Gibraltar's British status or visited the territory. Some congressmen said while diplomats should be allowed to argue their case the attitude of Spanish officials was perceived at times as “belligerent”, “forceful”, “aggressive” and “over the line”. One...

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Aug 2
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Joe Biden says four black women being considered for his vice presidential pick

Joe Biden says four black women being considered for his vice presidential pick

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has said that four black women are being considered for in a move that would make history.No black woman has ever been either the presidential or vice presidential candidate for a major political party in the United States. A decision on who will join Mr Biden on the Democratic ticket ahead of is expected within weeks given the party’s convention will take place next month.The choice will not just have major political consequences for the campaign but also potentially the country, with the person elected becoming next in line for...

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Jul 21
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Kanye West reveals 'Birthday Party' banner for his presidential bid says Wakanda will be his model in office

Kanye West reveals 'Birthday Party' banner for his presidential bid says Wakanda will be his model in office

Kanye West has said he will run for the White House under the banner of the "Birthday Party" and is ending his past support for Donald Trump in his first interview since tweeting he would seek the US presidency. While significant doubt remains about whether the rapper is serious about challenging in this November’s election, West has where he discussed  During what Forbes described as “four rambling hours of interviews”, with West occasionally breaking into rap, the 43-year-old gave insights into his political thinking as well as making a number of controversial statements. West initially...

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Jul 8
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Revealed: Republicans and DC veterans fear Donald Trump won't accept election defeat

Revealed: Republicans and DC veterans fear Donald Trump won't accept election defeat

One Friday afternoon last month a group of politicos logged on to Zoom, a video conference platform, to war-game what could happen after the US election. Among them were senior figures who had previously served in the White House, Pentagon, Homeland Security and Congress.They were split into teams. Some acted as employees of US President  or his Democratic rival , making arguments accordingly. Others would play the Republicans or Democrats in Congress, or represent the media or the courts. The scenario given for the exercise - a technique commonly used in government and business to plan for...

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Jul 7
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Why did John Bolton speak now? The timing is all to do with cashing in; and letting the electorate decide

Why did John Bolton speak now? The timing is all to do with cashing in; and letting the electorate decide

Why did John Bolton speak up? And why now? Those were the questions being debated in Washington DC amid the fallout from  Unpacking the possible answers is more complex than it might appear, based on Mr Bolton’s skill at the political game but also having feet on both sides of the Republican Party divide. Firstly, and most obviously, there is the money. Mr Bolton has held his tongue in public for the nine months he has been out of the White House despite immense pressure to speak. The book deal alone was reported to have been $2 million. Key to maximising sales, Mr Bolton will have known,...

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Jun 18
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John Bolton's exocet missile of a book could cause Donald Trump untold political damage

John Bolton's exocet missile of a book could cause Donald Trump untold political damage

"Tell-all" books from inside ’s administration have come in all shapes and sizes.  There are the unshakably loyal, bordering on sycophantic - , the former White House press secretary who remains a favoured son. There are the strait-laced with hints of criticism, from career public servants like Jim Mattis, the ex-defence secretary, and his Pentagon aide Guy Snodgrass. There have been ones with a spiky edge, like former Apprentice star turned  and some even hit their target, like the ex-FBI director . Yet the former was a peripheral figure and the latter was never a Trump man.And there is -...

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Jun 18
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Facebook to let users opt out of seeing political adverts ahead of US election

Facebook to let users opt out of seeing political adverts ahead of US election

Facebook and Instagram users will be able to opt out of seeing political adverts in the run-up to the US election, the company has confirmed as it aims to better protect the electorate before November's vote. Millions of Americans will also be encouraged to register to vote on their social media platforms thanks to a new “Voting Information Centre” that will be flagged up on their feeds. The two new measures are part of a concerted effort by Facebook to take steps to make sure disinformation cannot impact the 2020 election like it did in 2016. Other measures already being taken include...

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Jun 17
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'Take a knee': How a quarterback's simple gesture became the US protests' rallying cry

'Take a knee': How a quarterback's simple gesture became the US protests' rallying cry

When the reserve quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers dropped to one knee during the American national anthem at a pre-season game in 2016 few took notice.But scroll on four years and , used to indicate his anger at racial injustice in the United States, has become a rallying cry for today’s protesters. In many of the are demonstrators “taking a knee” and asking police to do the same. In Washington DC, hundreds who had gathered before the White House on Tuesday dropped to a single knee, some raising a fist, in defiance of the curfew ordering them off the street. Countless pieces of...

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Jun 3
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Trump Organisation 'seeking UK and Irish financial aid' to cope with virus impact

Trump Organisation 'seeking UK and Irish financial aid' to cope with virus impact

The Trump Organisation, the business empire created by Donald Trump, is reportedly seeking financial help from the UK and Irish governments to ease the impact of the coronavirus crisis. The company, which is now run by the US president’s sons, is said to be looking into government schemes that help cover salaries for workers at their UK golf courses. after talking to senior figures at the resorts, two of which are in Scotland and one is in Ireland, and other people familiar with the situation. It is in stark contrast to the situation in America where Mr Trump and his relatives are barred...

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Apr 22
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