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Disaster Speechwriting 101
By John Guenther - 16 June 17:24

Can the Gulf Coast of the US take any more disasters or speeches about disasters?

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 16 June 17:00

The five must-reads posts from today, on the unions, Ed Balls and Oona King’s mayoral campaign.

Why poverty really is relative
By Imran Hussain - 16 June 16:16

Frank Field is wrong to claim that we need to change our definition of poverty.

Video: the moment Petraeus faints at Senate military hearing
By Samira Shackle - 16 June 13:33

Top US general collapses while being grilled by senators sceptical about strategy in Afghanistan.

Last night’s debate was a missed opportunity
By Richard Darlington - 16 June 12:16

There was no Gillian Duffy moment after all.

Newsnight Labour leadership debate: political heroes
By Sunder Katwala - 16 June 12:13

A most unlikely set of political heroes was offered by the candidates last night. What does this tel

Will Cameron cave in to Murdoch again?
By George Eaton - 16 June 10:44

Rupert Murdoch’s bid to take full control of Sky raises grave public-interest concerns.

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 16 June 8:51

The ten must-read pieces from this morning’s papers.

Fabian Society hustings: are you a socialist?
By Sunder Katwala - 15 June 18:12

The five candidates for the Labour leadership were grilled on their definitions of socialism and the

Refugee and Migrant Justice placed into administration
By Daniel Trilling - 15 June 17:17

Crisis deepens for the asylum charity.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 15 June 17:00

The five must-read posts from today, on Rupert Murdoch, Bloody Sunday and the OBR.

The new social networks: a stalker’s dream?
By Jason Stamper - 15 June 16:34

New sites that literally put you on the map.

Simon Hughes fires a warning shot over VAT
By George Eaton - 15 June 15:55

Lib Dem deputy leader warns Osborne not to raise “the most regressive tax”.

A market in universities: one import the UK could do without?
By Pam Tatlow - 15 June 15:54

Why the US funding model will cause British institutions more harm than good.

Derry or Londonderry?
By Sholto Byrnes - 15 June 14:02

Even the BBC can’t decide.

Newsnight could blow open Labour leadership contest
By Richard Darlington - 15 June 13:08

First fully televised debate will be the talk of the town tomorrow.

What happened when BP spilt coffee
By George Eaton - 15 June 13:03

BP executives overwhelmed by second spill this year.

Cruddas gives Ken the momentum he needs
By George Eaton - 15 June 11:34

Cruddas’s endorsement leaves Ken all but certain to become Labour’s mayoral candidate.

Obama: Let’s all laugh at Beckham
By Samira Shackle - 15 June 11:01

President grins at Beckham’s reaction to Saturday’s US goal -- or does he?

Sarah Palin to meet Margaret Thatcher
By Samira Shackle - 15 June 9:44

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Comment Plus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 15 June 9:00

The ten must-read pieces from this morning’s papers.

SpAds: what’s the gender split?
By Caroline Crampton - 14 June 17:58

The spotlight has been on women in politics -- or the lack of them. How do special advisers measure

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 14 June 17:00

The five must-read blogs from today, on spending cuts Belgium and Labour’s electoral system.

Simple acts that could change the lives of refugees
By Donna Covey - 14 June 16:59

The coalition government has begun well, but it must honour its commitment to making Britain’s asylu

The case for “savage cuts” remains unconvincing
By George Eaton - 14 June 14:12

With borrowing lower than expected, the case for dramatic cuts has not been made.

The Niger Delta: some perspective on the BP oil spill
By Samira Shackle - 14 June 14:04

There is a shocking disparity in the media and political response to oil disasters in different part

“US wins 1-1”, claims US newspaper
By Samira Shackle - 14 June 11:31

The New York Post has a very positive spin on Saturday’s World Cup match between England and the US.

Balls’s smart move on VAT
By George Eaton - 14 June 11:09

Ed Balls’s decision to oppose any rise in VAT is smart politics and smart economics.

Compass Conference 2010: A New Hope
By Charlotte Middlehurst - 14 June 11:01

Despite high expectations, the debate failed to set proceedings alight, with no one emerging as the

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 14 June 8:45

The ten must-read pieces from this morning’s papers.

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