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‘After Ferguson went up in flames – to almost universal condemnation in the US media – the DofJ conducted a report into how the city was being run that any enterprising journalists could have produced if they had not become inured to this kind of s
Black lives don’t matter: why stories of death on the streets rarely get told
‘When a dog bites a man, that is not news, because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that is news.” But over the past few years I have wondered if there might not be an addendum to that adage – a qualifying footnote to what seems like the obvious.


OJ Simpson at his trial for murder in 1995, wearing a pair of gloves, one of which was found at the scene of the crime.
Photograph: Sam Mircovich/Reuters
The People v OJ Simpson: 21 years on, celebrity culture has changed but race issues have not
“You had a car that flew off a cliff,” one of OJ Simpson’s legal team says to his lead attorney in The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story. “It’s missing two tyres, leaking oil and flung into a ravine, and yet somehow you drove us back up the hill.” Such is the level of disbelief within Simpson’s legal camp as it stumbles upon an inchoate defence it believes might be able to counter the overwhelming evidence incriminating their client.


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Trident and Labour; and the New Hampshire primary – Politics Weekly podcast
Jeb Bush and Donald Trump spar, as Senator Marco Rubio, R-FL, listens in the middle, during the Republican presidential primary debate at the St. Anselm College Saturday, February 6, 2016, in Manchester, New Hampshire. (AP Photo / David Goldman)
It’s the Racism, Stupid
Three years ago, as the Republican-led House of Representatives engineered a brief government shutdown, Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) explained the strategy underpinning the protest. “We have to get something out of this,” he said. “And I don’t know what that even is.” The shutdown wasn’t a tactic so much as a tantrum, an act of collective petulance posing as politics—inexplicable to the outside world, incoherent in its aims, and incandescent in its rage.

 Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Iowa. Photograph: Yin Bogu/Xinhua Press/Corbis
The fractures in America’s political landscape have been exposed
As a parent of small children I sometimes surprise myself with the things I find myself saying. “Don’t play in the tumble dryer.” “Stop putting food in your nose.” “Try not to poo on the carpet.” The individual words are all familiar. But prior to the actual moment they are spoken, the notion that I would ever gather them together into a single sentence seemed implausible. The shock resides in realising I am in a scenario in which they both make sense and are necessary.


Iowa, before the storm.
Photograph: David Taylor for the Guardian
Iowa caucus results are as unpredictable as this bizarre election season
The rural, snow-frosted landscape of Iowa is so sparse, the horizon so broad and the sky so huge that weather can declare itself with great ceremony. Rain, sleet and snow don’t just happen to you here – when the clouds part, you can see them coming.
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