Donald Trump demands Obama's records for... five million dollars

An offer he "can't refuse", but probably will refuse.

 

Donald Trump has made a video asking Obama to release his college records, applications and passport information, saying that in return he will give $5m to a charity of Obama's choice. There has been widespread and fervid speculation that Obama will probably ignore the request.

But why $5m? Is a particularly good rate for college application information these days? Or is it just the current "offer one can't refuse"? Who decides these things? It's hard to say at this point: all we can be sure of is that before making the video Trump and his assistants had a conversation almost exactly like this one:

 

Trump. Photograph: Getty Images

Martha Gill writes the weekly Irrational Animals column. You can follow her on Twitter here: @Martha_Gill.

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Tony Blair won't endorse the Labour leader - Jeremy Corbyn's fans are celebrating

The thrice-elected Prime Minister is no fan of the new Labour leader. 

Labour heavyweights usually support each other - at least in public. But the former Prime Minister Tony Blair couldn't bring himself to do so when asked on Sky News.

He dodged the question of whether the current Labour leader was the best person to lead the country, instead urging voters not to give Theresa May a "blank cheque". 

If this seems shocking, it's worth remembering that Corbyn refused to say whether he would pick "Trotskyism or Blairism" during the Labour leadership campaign. Corbyn was after all behind the Stop the War Coalition, which opposed Blair's decision to join the invasion of Iraq. 

For some Corbyn supporters, it seems that there couldn't be a greater boon than the thrice-elected PM witholding his endorsement in a critical general election. 

Julia Rampen is the digital news editor of the New Statesman (previously editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog). She has also been deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines. 

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