London (CNN)Two widely read magazines made two different decisions about Steve Bannon this week. The New Yorker on Monday announced it was disinviting Bannon as a speaker at its October festival, while the London-based Economist on Tuesday defended its decision to keep him on at its own event this month. The magazines received a torrent of criticism that the media is giving a megaphone to a dangerous white nationalist of waning relevance. But what happened to the argument of free speech? The idea that anyone can say anything they like, as long as it doesn't cause harm to someone else, is unraveling in the age of online fake news, alternative facts, trolling and conspiracy theories. Steve Bannon has something to do with all those things. Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist for U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks at an event hosted by the weekly right-wing Swiss magazine Die Weltwoche on March 6, 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland. Free speech advocates have no problem giving … [Read more...] about Attitudes to free speech are changing, and Steve Bannon has something to do with it
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THERESA May last night ordered Britain’s spies into a global war with Russia’s shadowy GRU after declaring it mounted the Salisbury outrage. Hours after police named two suspects for the sickening nerve agent murder attempt, the PM stunned MPs by going on to reveal they were serving officers from the country’s military intelligence agency. The findings are the product of a painstaking six-month investigation by the UK’s spy chiefs, run alongside the police’s criminal probe, the PM disclosed. It concluded the assassination attempt on Sergei and Yulia Skripal was a state-ordered hit. And she also pointed the finger firmly at Russia’s President Vladimir Putin for signing it off. Delivering the shock findings to a hushed House of Commons, Mrs May insisted: “This was not a rogue operation. “It was almost certainly also approved outside the GRU at a senior level of the Russian state”. The shocking development means Britain must … [Read more...] about Theresa May vows revenge as she blames Vladimir Putin’s spies from intelligence agency GRU for Salisbury Novichok poisoning
SAINT-REMY-DE-PROVENCE, France — The race for Europe’s next banking supremo risks turning into one of those turgid World Cup group-stage matches, which no side really wants to win because it could make reaching the final more difficult. Choosing the successor to France’s Danièle Nouy as chair of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM), the arm of the European Central Bank overseeing the EU’s banking union, is the first move in a mercato in which the big prizes of the presidency of the European Commission, the European Council, the European Parliament, and the ECB itself will all be up for grabs in the next 15 months. A strong banking supervisor is vital to preserve financial stability and confidence in a eurozone economy that remains highly dependent on bank lending since the EU has yet to develop dynamic U.S.-style capital markets for corporate finance. Yet instead of choosing the best available talent, some eurozone governments may be reluctant to … [Read more...] about ‘Mamma Mia!’ dash for most important job in EU banking
Dan Nowicki Arizona Republic Published 6:55 p.m. UTC Aug 24, 2018 PHOENIX — One word is sure to surface again and again as Sen. John McCain's legacy is detailed and debated in wake of his decision to discontinue medical treatment for a deadly form of brain cancer. The "maverick" label defined the Arizona Republican's rise in national politics and his first presidential campaign in 2000. The description reflected a backstory of heroism and duty during the Vietnam War and fit McCain's efforts to lead bipartisan reforms of the campaign-finance and immigration systems. His central focus on Capitol Hill was national security, a bipartisan concern. And he eagerly sparred with presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump. ► Bio: John McCain's American Story: As seen by journalists who know him best► Aug. 24: Sen. John McCain stopping brain cancer treatments, family says► Aug. 13: Trump snubs McCain in defense policy … [Read more...] about As Sen. John McCain discontinues treatment for brain cancer, what will his legacy be?
Eliza Collins USA TODAY Published 9:33 p.m. UTC Aug 20, 2018 WASHINGTON – At an elite gathering of Republicans in the resort town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming this month, Rep. Mark Walker gave a speech urging the party to do more to reach out to African-Americans, Hispanics and other people of color. At the forum attended by influential conservatives such as House Speaker Paul Ryan and former presidential adviser Karl Rove, Walker elaborated on a message he has delivered in other private conversations with Republicans. Walker's message resonated enough with the audience that after the event, Rove reached out to talk further. But the next morning, Walker's party was dealing with fallout from a different message on race, when President Donald Trump called his former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, a black woman, a “dog.” "That would not be my terminology,” Walker said of Trump's comment during a telephone … [Read more...] about In Donald Trump era, a GOP leader looks to recast his party’s image with black voters