With Trump it’s time to go beyond mere disgust

Who can resist the 241st season of “America”? The dialogue crackles, with new, if outlandish, characters popping in to keep things fizzing. The latest is the president’s communications director Anthony “the Mooch” Scaramucci, who called a reporter on Wednesday to tell him that one senior White House colleague, the chief of staff, was a “fucking paranoid schizophrenic”, while contrasting himself with another by declaring: “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock.”

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If this is the end of the car as we know it, we have the EU to thank for it

Might today’s date live on in the history books as the official end of the industrial revolution, which began more than a century and a half ago? That’s probably a stretch, but the UK government’s announcement that all petrol and diesel cars and vans are to be banned by 2040 sounds like the beginning of the end for the internal combustion engine, the invention that changed human life for ever.

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Plots, feuds and summer reading – Politics Weekly podcast

Heather Stewart is joined by Kate Maltby, Steve Richards and Jonathan Freedland to discuss the cabinet infighting threatening to derail the government. Plus we get tips from MPs Keith Simpson and Chris Bryant on summer reading listsAs parliament approa...

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Why we should be suspicious of the Tory ‘get Hammond’ project

Few Guardian readers will be shedding a sympathetic tear for Philip Hammond. Most will hear of his view that public sector workers are “overpaid”, reportedly shared with cabinet colleagues last Thursday, and they will recoil in outrage. As my colleague Zoe Williams forcefully argues, the chancellor’s observation – which he sought to justify by noting that those in the public sector benefited from fuller pensions than those outside it – betrays a kind of business class myopia towards the lived experience of those getting by on too little.

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Theresa May’s biggest mistake? Tying herself to a sinking Donald Trump

There are few more perilous lines of work than being an ally of Donald Trump. Vouch for him one minute, usually by insisting that the latest accusation against him is bogus, and the next you’ll be left looking like a fool – as he or his family confirm that the very charge you dismissed as fake is, in fact, true.

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No wonder Trump is Putin’s favourite: he’s making America weak again

In the movie version, they would have talked for a few minutes and then found an excuse to dismiss their foreign ministers and interpreters. At long last, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump would be alone and in private. Putin would look the American up and down, as proud as a father gazing upon his grown son. “We did it,” Putin might say softly, almost to himself. “We actually did it.”

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