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After 21 people were killed, the Republican party’s newest enemy is … doors | Arwa Mahdawi

After the horrific school shooting in Texas, some Republicans are choosing to channel their energy towards door control to deflect from gun reformIt can be hard to get your head around what rightwingers in the US actually believe. On the one hand, they claim to love babies; on the other hand, they’re against government funds going towards helping to...

Will this fruit-picking robot transform agriculture?

Creating a machine that can perform the delicate work of picking an apple is tricky – and farmworkers say it could be a benefitRobots can do a lot. They build cars in factories. They sort goods in Amazon warehouses. Robotic dogs can, allegedly and a little creepily, make us safer by patrolling our streets. But there are some things robots still cannot...

School shooting strengthens case for guns, Donald Trump tells NRA

Speaking at the gun lobby’s convention, the former US president repeated his call to arm teachersDonald Trump has said the recent US school shooting is a reason to arm law-abiding citizens, not disarm them.The former US president was a guest speaker at the National Rifle Association (NRA), which held its annual convention in Houston on Friday. Continue...

Ambivalence about the Queen seems modern – but it’s actually a Victorian feeling | Ian Jack

As we reach Elizabeth’s platinum jubilee, my mind is drawn to another ageing monarch’s pomp and ceremonyWhen the machine begins to break down, nobody is spared: even in the most majestic corporeality, bones ache, muscles weaken, tendons hurt, joints creak. Walking, previously a thoughtless activity, now needs deliberation and strategy. Longer lives...

‘We have to act’: can Biden cut through the gridlock on gun control?

The president has long fought for restrictions but deep divisions have often left him hamstrungLess than two hours after returning from a five-day trip to Asia, a visit meant to signal American strength, Joe Biden walked slowly into the Roosevelt Room of the White House, visibly shaken, to address one of the nation’s greatest weaknesses.Another bloody...

Survivors of Uvalde shooting paint horrifying picture of terror and tragedy

Schoolchildren, teachers and family members offer graphic details of day gunman killed 19 children and two adultsSurvivors of the mass school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that claimed the lives of 19 children and two teachers are beginning to share their stories, painting a graphic and horrifying picture of the tragedy that unfolded that day.Miah Cerrillo,...

Pro-choice forces are working to keep abortion legal in Michigan with a ballot initiative

The year before Roe, Michigan voters defeated a referendum to legalize abortion. Now activists are compelled to try againBeth Morris is a 63-year-old homemaker whose pink Planned Parenthood shirt and clipboard would hardly betray her as a moderate Republican.But here she is, in the middle of an abortion rights rally on the University of Michigan’s campus...

Republican primaries offer look into future of Trumpism without Trump

The ex-president suffered some humiliation when his candidates lost in the Georgia primaries – but the hard-right strain of Republican politics will surviveIn his campaign heyday, Donald Trump would declare it the greatest movement in the history of politics and promise: “We’re going to win so much, you’re going to be so sick and tired of winning.”What...

That other American tradition: after a mass shooting, the media comes to town

The tragedy in Texas reminds that while media presence can be a sign of support, it can also quickly become intrusiveThe day after the shooting at Robb elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, hundreds of town residents filled the bleachers of the county Fairplex Arena for a vigil. Also there were dozens of local, national and international reporters, ready...

Jimmy Butler’s heroics spur Heat to victory and Game 7 decider against Celtics

Forward stars with 47 points in Miami’s 111-103 victoryWinner of deciding Game 7 will play Golden State in NBA finalsJimmy Butler had 47 points, nine rebounds and eight assists and the Miami Heat forced the Eastern Conference finals to a decisive seventh game by beating the Boston Celtics 111-103 on Friday night.Ten years after LeBron James scored 45...

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