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The five must-read blogs from today, on the special relationship and Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatch

1. Foolish Fraser?

Left Foot Forward's Will Straw fisks Fraser Nelson's attack on Chuka Umunna MP and challenges the Speccie editor's claim that the Budget was "progressive" and "unavoidable".

2. Lansley's NHS revolution: out goes "targets", in comes "goals"?

Asa Bennett points out a piece of political sleight-of-hand at Total Politics -- Andrew Lansley's much-lauded scrapping of targets seems to have ushered in a new era of goals.

3. A surfeit of chairs

Luke Akehurst says that an elected Labour chair would be of no value, and calls for the post to be abolished.

4. Thatcher with dementia: not a left-wing fantasy

Over at Liberal Conspiracy, Dave Osler rejects claims that a forthcoming film in which Meryl Streep portrays a dementia-stricken Margaret Thatcher is simply a "left-wing fantasy".

5. A critical distance in the special relationship

On the Channel 4 World News blog, Jonathan Rugman argues that recent tension over BP could allow the critical distance needed to form a pragmatic, not fawning, relationship with the US.

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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.



In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.