The Once and Future Liberal reviews: identity and the American body politic

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Columbia professor Mark Lilla guesses an obsession with identity politics has wrecked American liberalism. Two novelists respond to his provocative new book Charles Kaiser Charles Kaiser. Photo: Joe Stouter Charles Kaiser, formerly a reporter for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, is the author of 1968 in America, The Gay Metropolis and […]

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The truth about cats and Trump’s puppies: civil discourse required

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Digested week: When Trump called Omarosa Manigault Newman a puppy on Twitter, some still managed to be shocked Monday The question of how to cover the revelations of Omarosa Manigault Newman, a woman who sorely tests the principle of my enemy’s enemy is my friend, twisted US journalists into caveat-issuing pretzels this week. She is […]

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Sergei Skripal’s cat and guinea pig succumb after police seal home

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Two guinea pigs found dead at Salisbury home of ex-spy while a cat needed to be put down Two guinea pig belonging to Sergei Skripaldied and his cat was put down after the Salisbury nerve agent assault, the government has uncovered. A spokeswoman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs( Defra) said the […]

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Red list: ash trees and antelopes on the brink of extinction

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Scientists warn once-common species are disappearing faster than they can be counted as North Americas ash trees join IUCNs list of endangered species due to threat of an invasive beetle Native ash trees, abundant across North America, are on the brink of extinction as an invasive beetle ravages forests, according to the new red list […]

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‘ Like doctors in a war ‘: inside Venezuela’s healthcare crisis

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The countrys devastating economic downturn is ravaging its hospitals, where acute shortages threaten to reverse decades of progress Dr Mara Gonzales cannot recall the exact moment when she realised Venezuelas health crisis had enveloped her hospital, the Luis Razetti in the Caribbean coastal city of Barcelona. It may have been during a surge in cases […]

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‘We weren’t sure we’d make it’: Texans forced to flee take refuge in motels and diners

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Furniture was floating, homes were traps, but for many Texas residents the I-4 5 freeway was an escape road, and the motels and restaurants its sanctuaries Jennifer Shardlow figured it was time to evacuate when water poured through the walls and a snake swam through the kitchen. ” We still had a yard at midnight […]

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Cat calendar featuring Russian orthodox clergymen runs viral

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Bearded clerics attain rare foray into pop culture to pose with their pets for a glossy 2016 calendar A calendar featuring Russian Orthodox priests posing at home with their feline pets has gone viral in Russia. Priest+ Cat is published by an association of Christian artists, who commissioned a photographer to capture 12 smiling clergymen […]

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What you see in this painting says more about you than the kangaroo | Stephen Moss

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Whatever the animal was demonstrating empathy, sexual exploitation or something else one certainty is the human impulse to anthropomorphise It was a photograph that touched the world. An intimate portrait of a succumbing mom kangaroo being gently cradled by her mate, while with her last breath she reached out to caress her innocent baby. Yet, […]

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