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Barack Obama at a campaign rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with governor-elect Tony Evers, Mandela Barnes and Sarah Godlewski on 26 October.
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The new wave of Democrats owes a huge debt to people power
With just a few thousand votes between the two candidates for governor, election night during the US midterms in Wisconsin could not have been more tense. The slender lead kept flipping between Republican and Democrat as various precincts reported their results. Then shortly before midnight a local news presenter suggested, almost as an aside, that there could be about 40,000 more votes yet to be counted from the Democratic stronghold of Milwaukee. A week earlier, at a Republican event in nearby rural Kenosha, Milwaukee had been a punchline – an emblem of crime-ridden, multiracial, urban dysfunction. But they weren’t laughing now.


Flowers laid after the fatal stabbing of Israel Ogunsola, 18, in a London street in April this year.
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Surge in young knife deaths amid police cuts and 'a climate of fear'
This year is on course to be the worst in 10 years for numbers of young people in England and Wales killed in knife attacks, with 37 children and teenagers stabbed to death so far, continuing a five-year upward trend, according to figures collated by the Guardian.


Illustration: Ben Jennings
From Trump to Boris Johnson: how the wealthy tell us what ‘real folk’ want
I remember the first time I started to understand Donald Trump’s appeal to white, working-class Americans. It was in 2016, a few days before the Iowa caucuses, and he was being introduced by Jerry Falwell Jr, the eponymous son of the famous preacher, in Council Bluffs. Falwell told the crowd that Trump had picked him up in his private plane and offered him dinner. He had been expecting something lavish. “But you know what we had?” he asked the crowd. “Wendy’s.” The audience cheered and laughed along with him.


Illustration: Nate Kitch
The British state has given up on the children who need it most
Shirley (not her real name) tried her best. As her son grew into adolescence and became increasingly wayward she sought help. She enrolled in parenting classes, asked the council to relocate her family out of the London borough of Brent and had endless meetings with social workers and psychologists. She sought referrals for mental health assessments but was told her son Sean (not his real name) did not meet the threshold. She sent an email to her MP with the heading “PLEASE HELP ME SAVE MY SON!!!”


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Populism, Trump and the US midterms – Politics Weekly podcast


For the first time since Trump’s election there is the potential for resistance to move from the streets to Congress.
Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
Democrats’ win of the House creates a dam that can block Trump's agenda
In the end there was no overwhelming blue wave. A wave washes all before it. But when Republicans expand their majority in the Senate, win governor’s races in Florida, Ohio, Iowa and New Hampshire, Democrats cannot claim a broad and decisive shift in electoral opinion towards them.


Donald Trump delivers remarks at a Make America Great Again rally in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Monday.
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Why Trump’s pathologies make this election unlike any other
Three weeks before the midterm elections the first of several mail bombs started arriving at the homes or workplaces of Donald Trump’s critics, including the media, and kept coming for a week. The devices appear to have been sent by an unstable man radicalized by Trump’s rhetoric. A few days after the first mail bomb was found, an armed man tried to break into a black church in Jeffersonstown, Kentucky. When he found the door locked he went to a nearby supermarket and shot dead two elderly black people. When a white passerby with a gun challenged him he reportedly said: “Whites don’t kill whites.”


A rally in Mosinee, Wisconsin on 24 October.
Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
'Don't boo. Vote': parties draw biggest names to boost Wisconsin turnout
On Saturday in the middle of the day a Latino man, half-dressed and barely awake, answered a knock at his door.


Illustration by Nate Kitch
Why democracy will be the biggest loser in the US midterms
When Angelina Cruz, the head of the teachers’ union in Racine, Wisconsin, goes canvassing, she doesn’t just knock on doors. If she sees someone in the street she approaches them and starts a conversation.


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US midterms: all about Trump?
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