Britain’s House of Commons has voted to reject Theresa May’s so-called Withdrawal Agreement just hours before the nation was supposed to leave the European Union, with or without a deal — a deadline betrayed this week by Parliament after they voted to postpone Brexit months or even years into the future. Britain’s lawmakers have already voted against the settlement the Prime Minister agreed with the European Union twice, and the government was blocked from bringing it to Parliament again. Yet by splitting the deal into two pieces, the ‘Brexit in name only‘ apparently comes before Parliament again as a different vote in spirit only.Read the latest updates below — refresh your browser to see more UPDATE 1830 — Nigel speaks to the rally Nigel Farage has struck an optimistic note on this day of Brexit betrayal, telling the Parliament square rally: I can’t think of any time in history, where a greater betrayal of a democratic vote has … [Read more...] about Brexit Betrayal Day: Parliament Rejects Theresa May’s Last Ditch Fight For EU-Approved ‘Deal’
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Let’s bring Lermontov’s A Hero of Our Time up to date and look for a more contemporary champion. Let’s imagine ourselves in a television studio with all its tacky decorations, an in-your-face jury, a revved up audience, canned laughter and applause machines. Up they step, one after another in their fancy costumes, all those familiar faces with their dumb smiles stepping out along the shiny catwalk to the accompaniment of their own choice of music. Please put your hands together for Recep Tayyib Erdogan (Anatolian metal), Donald J. Trump (western swing), Jaroslaw Kaczynski (polonaise), Benjamin Netanyahu (Hassidic hip hop), Vladimir Putin (we don’t know what the music will be but the Kremlin spokeperson Dmitry Peskov denies that it’s written by Pussy Riot), and finally the smallest of all, in every sense of the word, Viktor Orbán. He will be entering to music by Leslie Mandoki, the Hungarian-German brains behind Genghis Khan and Mandoki Soulmates. Each … [Read more...] about I knew Orbán when he started his political journey; where it’s taken him terrifies me ǀ View
The D.C. Memo is a weekly recap of Washington political news, journalism, and opinion, delivered with an eye toward what matters for Minnesota. Sign up to get it in your inbox every Thursday. This week in Washington, Congress tried to negotiate a way out of a year-end shutdown over the border wall, which would be a Christmas miracle for most of D.C., but a lump of coal for President Trump, whose treasured border wall is in danger of going the way of Santa: alive, just only in our hearts. This week in Washington Good afternoon from Washington, which is clearly trying to close out 2018 in the most 2018 way possible: cramming as much news as possible into a short period of time. Let’s have at it. What does it take for President Donald Trump to fold on his last good chance to fund — now that we know Mexico’s not paying for it — the big border wall? We don’t yet know, but things are much different today than they were last week, when the conventional wisdom was … [Read more...] about D.C. Memo: ‘Trump: Season 2’ running out of plot twists
close Video No clear frontrunner to replace John Kelly at White House Presumed frontrunner Nick Ayers will also be departing the Trump administration at the end of 2018; Doug McKelway reports on the search for a new chief of staff. here.**On the roster: Why have a chief of staff at all? - Shutdown fears worsen - Russian agent cuts deal with feds - Brexit bungle rolls on - An anonymoose culpritJohn Nicolay was a German from Cincinnati. Abraham Lincoln just as the one-term congressman was beginning his rise. Nicolay became Lincoln’s devoted disciple and eventually his personal secretary. John Hay, a child of privilege from Springfield whose influential uncle kept his law office in the same building as Lincoln. Just 22, Hay came aboard the campaign after Lincoln’s surprise victory at the Republican convention in Chicago. Caleb Smith obligingly had him placed on permanent loan to the White House. Mary Todd … [Read more...] about Why have a chief of staff at all?
PRIME Minister Theresa May has secured the backing of all 27 EU states for the UK's plan over Brexit - but getting MPs' support is looking more tricky. With just a day to go to the planned Commons vote, here's what we know about whether a second referendum is an option - and how another Brexit vote would work. Will there be a second referendum? On December 3, Mrs May's spokesman again made clear there will be no second referendum while she is PM. But her own future looks uncertain ahead of a crunch Brexit vote in the Commons on December 11 which pundits say she is sure to lose. May's cabinet allies have been asking MPs if they could back a second referendum. The Prime Minister's deputy David Lidington, and Justice Secretary David Gauke, have been in talks with Labour politicians to see if there was support for a second vote - or a Norway-style deal. Allies told the Sunday Times that most MPs are likely to get behind a second Brexit referendum, further dividing … [Read more...] about Will we get another EU referendum, how would a second Brexit vote work and what is Labour’s position?