Democrats push 'Medicare for All' bills, but not all in the party are onboard

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, who is also a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, became the lead sponsor of the House single-payer health care bill on Wednesday. The legislation has detractors among his fellow Democrats, but Ellison said he’s eager for a “debate” on the policy.

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    Iraq plans manual election recount only for suspect ballots

    Iraq will conduct a manual recount of votes from a May election only for ballots mentioned in official reports on fraud or in formal complaints, a move likely to speed up the ratification of final results and the formation of a new government. The parliamentary election has been marred by historically low turnout and fraud allegations. The outgoing parliament this month passed a law mandating a nationwide manual recount of votes, but the panel of judges now in charge of the recount said it would only be conducted for problematic ballots.

  • British museums may loan Nigeria bronzes that were stolen from Nigeria by British imperialists
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    British museums may loan Nigeria bronzes that were stolen from Nigeria by British imperialists

    Nigeria might be willing to let Britain, the imperial power that stole its Benin Bronzes, return them on just a loan basis rather than giving them back permanently, it has emerged. While other countries, like Greece over the Elgin Marbles, have refused to accept anything other than a permanent return of treasures seized during the colonial era, it seems that some Nigerian officials might be willing to settle for borrowing back what was stolen from them. Nigeria has been seeking the return of the bronzes ever since the country gained independence from Britain in 1960.

  • A microbiologist shared a strange fact about lobsters and people are freaked out
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    A microbiologist shared a strange fact about lobsters and people are freaked out

    ‘Lobsters made a deal with the devil for conditional immortality and it backfired on them.’

  • Peaky Blinders Season 5 starts filming this autumn
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    Peaky Blinders Season 5 starts filming this autumn

    Creator Steven Knight has given a few sneaky hints.

  • The Guardian view on privatising probation: ideology over facts
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    The Guardian view on privatising probation: ideology over facts

    Chris Grayling’s ideas were ‘driven by ideology rather than evidence’. In any ideology faith replaces sight. This was the approach the government took when it privatised chunks of the probation service in 2015 – saying it would inject dynamism, deliver improved outcomes and that contracts would link the arms of the criminal justice service.

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    Former US poet laureate Donald Hall dies in New Hampshire

    Donald Hall, a prolific, award-winning poet and man of letters widely admired for his sharp humor and painful candor about nature, mortality, baseball and the distant past, has died at age 89. Hall's daughter, Philippa Smith, confirmed Sunday that her father died Saturday at his home in Wilmot, New Hampshire, after being in hospice care for some time. Hall was the nation's 2006-2007 poet laureate.

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    California wildfire burns 12 buildings, threatens hundreds

    A wind-driven wildfire destroyed a dozen buildings and threatened hundreds of others Sunday as it raced across dry brush in rural Northern California. The Pawnee Fire, which broke out Saturday near the small community of Clearlake Oaks, was one of four wildfires burning in largely rural areas as wind and heat gripped a swath of California from San Jose to the Oregon border. Authorities ordered people to evacuate all homes in the residential area of Spring Valley and surrounding areas.

  • Was George Orwell secretly a reactionary snitch? How the author became an internet meme and target of the hard left
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    Was George Orwell secretly a reactionary snitch? How the author became an internet meme and target of the hard left

    George Orwell, born 115 years ago on Monday, was the writer who challenged the iniquities of imperialism and capitalism, who took a bullet in the throat fighting fascism, and who taught a Western audience about the horrors of Stalinist communism. Instead, Orwell is often remembered as a man of “genius”, the “greatest political writer of the 20th century”. Through the coveted Orwell Prize, the Orwell Foundation seeks “to celebrate honest writing and reporting, to uncover hidden lives, to confront uncomfortable truths, to promote Orwell’s values of integrity, decency and fidelity to truth”.

  • Gareth Southgate calls for England improvement despite record-breaking Panama win
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    Gareth Southgate calls for England improvement despite record-breaking Panama win

    Gareth Southgate is not getting carried away in the aftermath of England's biggest ever win in World Cup history. Two goals from John Stones and a superb long-range strike from Jesse Lingard made history in the heat of Nizhny Novgorod as the nervy Tunisia game was pushed well out of mind. While those back home were celebrating the win, which secured safe passage to the knockout stages, leaving Thursday’s game a straight shootout for top spot in Group G, Southgate says he wasn’t completely pleased with the performance.

  • Banksy needles France with migrant mural blitz in Paris
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    Banksy needles France with migrant mural blitz in Paris

    The mysterious British street artist Banksy appears to have taken aim at the French government's crackdown on migrants in a series of new murals in Paris.

  • Egypt potter creates vases from clay and passion
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    Egypt potter creates vases from clay and passion

    As a law student in Egypt's Menufiya province, Mustafa al-Agoury was simply looking for a job to get him through his last year of classes.

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    Gosport inquiry 'ignored' evidence about syringes

    A whistle-blower has claimed the Gosport inquiry ignored concerns that some syringes could be misused to administer dangerously high doses of medicine. The claims asserted that the concerns were ignored in order to avoid a national scandal and that the NHS was slow to take certain syringes out of use. Explaining the issue, Dr Iain Lawrie, vice president of the Association for Palliative Medicine, told Sky News that some hospitals used two types of syringes in one unit - one to deliver drugs once an hour and the other to deliver drugs once every 24 hours.

  • Terrifying moment mother elephant charges bus carrying 60 passengers to protect calf
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    Terrifying moment mother elephant charges bus carrying 60 passengers to protect calf

    This is the terrifying moment a mother elephant chases a bus, which is carrying 60 passengers. The incident occurred in the Bandipur forest region in South India on June 24. The government-owned bus driver stopped the vehicle after spotting an elephant herd on the road. As he waited for the herd to pass, a cow elephant broke off from the herd and started running towards the bus. The driver reversed his vehicle hastily, with the shrieking passengers pleading with him to speed up. But the elephant caught up with the bus and gave it a warning nudge and then miraculously retreated on her own. A voice can be overheard in a video saying that the elephant was only trying to protect her calf in the herd. The bus driver switched off the engine, waited for the herd to move, before driving away.

  • Ladbroke Grove fire: Police probe after body found after blaze in west London flat
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    Ladbroke Grove fire: Police probe after body found after blaze in west London flat

    A police probe has been launched after a fatal flat fire in west London. Scotland Yard is treating the blaze as "suspicious" after an adult's body was found. Four fire engines and 21 firefighters tackled the blaze in a block of flats in Appleford Road in Ladbroke Grove after the London Fire Brigade (LFB) was called at around 2.30pm on Sunday.

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    Killed by keyhole surgery at close range

    Graffiti on a railway line near Loughborough Junction railway station, south London, where three people died in unexplained cirumstances. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

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    San Francisco restaurants open kitchens to refugee chefs

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Five restaurants in San Francisco have opened their kitchens for the first time to a program that allows refugees aspiring to be chefs to showcase their cuisines and culinary skills.

  • NHS use of ‘fatal’ syringes to be examined, says Jeremy Hunt
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    NHS use of ‘fatal’ syringes to be examined, says Jeremy Hunt

    Claims the NHS was slow to take a potentially deadly syringe system out of service are to be examined, the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has promised. Mr Hunt told the BBC: “We need to be absolutely certain that the NHS does react as quickly as possible when you have suggestions a piece of equipment is not safe.

  • At last! Clothes for diasbled people get a mention
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    At last! Clothes for diasbled people get a mention

    Your headline takes the DWP statement too much at face value (Parkinson’s and MS sufferers spared benefit tests in U-turn, 19 June). Unfortunately, the announcement that certain people with long-term conditions will be exempted from regular tests for the disability benefit, personal independence payment, is not all that it seems. Second, it is limited to people getting the highest (“enhanced”) rates of this benefit, yet the DWP is fielding staff at appeal tribunals with performance indicators based on stopping awards of the enhanced rates.

  • Saudi Arabia has lifted the ban on women driving – this is what it means for women's rights
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    Saudi Arabia has lifted the ban on women driving – this is what it means for women's rights

    The lifting of the driving ban for women in Saudi Arabia, unbelievably the last country in the world to allow women to get behind the wheel. The decision by the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – known around the world now, thanks to a slick PR campaign, as MBS – has attracted banner headlines, and thousands of driving licence applications from women throughout the kingdom. One driving school received 165,000 applications in just three days.

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    UK's Prince William begins politically delicate Mideast trip

    Britain's Prince William has kicked off a politically delicate five-day tour of Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories, planning to meet with young people, refugees and political leaders in a tumultuous region once controlled by Britain. In Jordan, he was welcomed Sunday by 23-year-old Crown Prince Hussein, a member of the Hashemite dynasty Britain helped install in then-Transjordan a century ago. William will visit a technology lab for young Jordanians, tour a vocational training college with links to Britain's Middlesex University and meet Syrian refugee children.

  • Man in Suit Paddleboards to Work Across New York's Hudson River
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    Man in Suit Paddleboards to Work Across New York's Hudson River

    Eunice Rivers was riding to work on a New York Waterway Ferry when she observed a man dressed in a suit paddleboarding across the Hudson River on June 21. The man was identified by ABC 11 as Scott Holt, who reportedly said he decided to paddleboard to save some money. Holt made it to his morning meeting on time, ABC 11 reported. Credit: Eunice RIvers via Storyful

  • Pierce Brosnan endorses Tom Hardy as the next James Bond saying star will 'put a bit of wiggle into it'
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    Pierce Brosnan endorses Tom Hardy as the next James Bond saying star will 'put a bit of wiggle into it'

    Pierce Brosnan endorses Tom Hardy as the next James Bond saying star will 'put a bit of wiggle into it'

  • 'Picture of devastation' as building blast injures 25
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    'Picture of devastation' as building blast injures 25

    Twenty-five people were injured, including four seriously, when an explosion destroyed an apartment block in Germany, police have said. The explosion rocked the building in the city of Wuppertal, western Germany, shortly before midnight on Saturday. Four seriously injured people were rescued from inside while a further 21 received minor injuries.

  • Boris Becker defends his diplomatic status in passport row
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    Boris Becker defends his diplomatic status in passport row

    Boris Becker has insisted he takes his duties as a diplomat for the Central African Republic seriously, despite the country’s foreign secretary saying the tennis player’s passport is fake. The German sportsman is involved in a long-running bankruptcy dispute, but last week his lawyers said that under the Vienna convention he could not be subjected to any legal proceedings without the consent of the British government and ministers in Bangui, because he is the CAR’s attaché to the European Union on sporting, cultural and humanitarian affairs. The country’s foreign minister, however, who has to authorise all such passports, has said the signature on Becker’s diplomatic document is fake.

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    Hundreds march in Berlin to demand an end to using coal

    BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of protesters are marching through the German capital to demand an end to burning coal to produce electricity.