Wake up, England: Boris Johnsons charm is just the arrogance of those born to rule | Suzanne Moore

The Tory leadership contest shows well keep running back to the posh boys, no matter how much they use and abuse us, says Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore I recognise this feeling and I hate it. A friend is going out with a guy who humiliates her, spends her money, has affairs and is abusive. Yet she feels lost and is somehow dependent and when he promises he will make it all OK somehow, that he will change, and the future will be wonderful, she decides to give it another whirl. Anyway, she says, what else is there? Half-broken, she has lost the ability to even imagine a better life for herself. It is no use, my anger on her behalf …

El Chapo: what the rise and fall of the kingpin reveals about the war on drugs

The long read: As the capture and conviction of Mexicos notorious drug lord has shown, taking down the boss doesnt mean taking down the organisation Just after midday on Tuesday 12 February, word came down that the verdict was ready in what had been widely described as the trial of the century. United States of America v Joaqun Guzmn Loera had lasted approximately three months it took prosecutors that long to present what they described as an avalanche of evidence, which had taken more than a decade to compile. The government called 56 witnesses, the defence called only one: an FBI agent, who finished testifying within an hour. There was little expectation that Guzmn would mount a convincing defence. The …

Socialism for the rich: the evils of bad economics

The long read: The economic arguments adopted by Britain and the US in the 1980s led to vastly increased inequality and gave the false impression that this outcome was not only inevitable, but good In most rich countries, inequality is rising, and has been rising for some time. Many people believe this is a problem, but, equally, many think theres not much we can do about it. After all, the argument goes, globalisation and new technology have created an economy in which those with highly valued skills or talents can earn huge rewards. Economics Corrupted Us by Jonathan Aldred, published by Allen Lane and available at guardianbookshop.co.uk Follow the Long Read on Twitter at @gdnlongread, and sign up to the …

FAA chief says nothing shows agency failed in review or certification of Boeing 737 MAX

(CNN)Despite two crashes involving the Boeing 737 MAX, the acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration said he has not come across any information that suggests his agency failed to properly review and certify the aircraft. “Like every accident I’ve ever examined in my career, there is never a single overriding cause. There’s always a number of issues that all interplay to have something this tragic happen. So we are still in the process of examining that.” The 737 MAX aircraft was grounded worldwide after the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane in March — an incident investigators have described as appearing to be similar to the Lion Air crash in Indonesia last year. A total of 346 people died …

Buttigieg takes to Fox News and slams Fox News

(CNN)Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg used a Fox News town hall in New Hampshire on Sunday to slam two of the network’s primetime opinion hosts, knocking both Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham by name on the network where they each host an hour. A spokeswoman for Fox News did not respond to CNN’s request for comment. Democrats have been in the middle of a public and ongoing debate about whether 2020 candidates should agree to headline a town hall hosted by Fox News. Warren publicly rejected an invitation to participate in a town hall on Fox News, saying the conservative network is a “hate-for-profit racket” that’s in business to harm the Democratic Party. California Sen. Kamala Harris, too, has rejected …

May averts Tory mutiny by agreeing to set her exit date after Brexit bill vote

1922 Committee agrees to let PM wait until after vote on withdrawal agreement bill in early June Theresa May has agreed to set a timetable for her departure as prime minister in the first week of June, leading MPs to believe she will trigger a leadership contest before the summer. Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the 1922 Committee of backbenchers, said she would agree a timetable for the election of a new leader after her Brexit legislation returned to parliament saying he would of course go for it when there is a vacancy but there is a wide field of up to 20 candidates. May met the 1922 committees executive on Thursday, which represents Tory backbenchers, after mutinous MPs …

Trump admin is denying citizenship to some children of same-sex couples

(CNN)Roee and Adiel Kiviti have been married almost six years and live in the United States. They are both American citizens, as is their 2-year-old son, Lev. However, they say their infant daughter, Kessem, has been denied birthright citizenship under a State Department policy that considers her “born out of wedlock” — and they’re not the first LGBT family to be affected by the policy under the Trump administration. “We feel that it targets specifically LGBT families,” Adiel Kiviti told Keilar on “CNN Right Now.” “To be honest, when a straight couple is using surrogacy, or when a straight couple is using an egg donation or sperm donation, nobody asks them if they are the biological parents of the child, …

Kushner says Russia investigations more harmful to US ‘than a couple Facebook ads’

Washington (CNN)Senior presidential adviser Jared Kushner suggested Tuesday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation was more harmful to the US than Russian meddling in the 2016 election. In the redacted version of the Mueller report, the special counsel explained that the investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia found that members of the Trump campaign knew they would benefit from Russia’s illegal actions to influence the election, but didn’t take criminal steps to help. “Although the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts, the investigation did not establish …

Barr’s world view didn’t change when he became Trump’s top cop

Washington (CNN)Nearly 20 years before William Barr heralded the end of the special counsel’s probe of President Donald Trump, the attorney general laid out his complaints about special prosecutors: They have “no ultimate accountability,” are unconstrained by resources and are often “driven to find something” to justify themselves. However, a careful analysis of Barr’s career and comments, as well as conversations with multiple people who have known and worked closely with him, reveal a veteran government and corporate lawyer who has always believed in the power of a strong presidency and in limiting the authority of career law enforcement officials. A big problem, Barr said in 2001, is “this notion that has gained currency that there’s something wrong about political …