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Former neo-Nazi leader arrested in 'swatting' scheme said to target cabinet member

A former neo-Nazi leader from Texas has been arrested and charged with allegedly making phony bomb threats that included as their target a onetime member of Donald Trump’s cabinet. → Read More

Super Tuesday: Can Bernie Sanders turn Texas socialist?

Bernie Sanders has claimed he can win the Democratic primary in Texas and then go on to defeat Donald Trump in the historically Republican stronghold in November. → Read More

Harvey Weinstein 'shocked but stoic' after guilty verdict, claims lawyer

Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein was “shocked but stoic”, his lawyers claimed after he found guilty on charges of rape and sexual assault, and taken away in handcuffs. → Read More

Harvey Weinstein lawyer clashes with Gloria Allred outside court for trying to 'silence her'

Celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred has clashed with lawyers for Harvey Weinstein on the streets of New York, accusing them of trying to “silence” her. After a court returned a guilty verdict on two of the charges against the 67-year-old disgraced mogul, lawyers for both sides sought to speak to address the media outside the courthouse in Manhattan. Yet as Ms Allred, 78, sought to → Read More

Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to staging racist and homophobic attack on himself

The Empire actor Jussie Smollett has pleaded not guilty to six new charges related to the alleged staging of a racist and homophobic attack on himself. A year after he was first charged over a strange and seemingly bizarre incident in Chicago last year, the 37-year-old appeared back in court wearing sunglasses and with a beard. He was surrounded by his legal team a mass of → Read More

Bernie Sanders wants to transform America but his supporters could hand Trump another term

On the evening before the Nevada caucus, a 67-year-old woman called Deborah Cole was having an emotional experience. → Read More

Pete Buttigieg accuses Bernie Sanders of adding to 'toxic tone of our politics'

Former South Bend mayor came joint first in Iowa and second in New Hampshire → Read More

Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucus and makes Democratic history

Bernie Sanders has won the Nevada caucuses by an apparent landslide, propelling himself into solid frontrunner status among Democrats and moving his campaign one step closer to taking on Donald Trump in November. Less than six months after suffering a heart attack in the state as he was campaigning, the 78-year-old senator was forecast a massive win on the back of momentum → Read More

Is Bernie Sanders unstoppable?

One, two, three! Having won the popular vote in Iowa and New Hampshire, and looking set for a landslide in the western state of Nevada, Bernie Sanders has done two things. Firstly, he has made history by being the first Democrat to pull off such a feat in the first three states in the nation to vote. Secondly, he has very decidedly made himself the party’s frontrunner. → Read More

Pete Buttigieg accuses Bernie Sanders of adding to 'toxic tone of our politics'

Former South Bend mayor came joint first in Iowa and second in New Hampshire → Read More

Wilder vs Fury: Boxing fans in Las Vegas weigh in on possible heavyweight bout between Trump and Sanders

Just how many heavyweight prize fights can this city handle at once? → Read More

If Bernie Sanders was to sing a Vegas what would it be

It seemed a fair enough question. Here we were in Las Vegas, a city famed not just for its Blackjack tables, but for blockbuster shows and musical “residences” dating all the way back to the 1930s. → Read More

Bernie Sanders vows to transform America on eve on Nevada caucus

Bernie Sanders has vowed to transform America on the eve a vote in Nevada he hopes will help propel him into the White House. With polls showing the Vermont senator with a clear lead both nationally and in the state, he urged supporters to turn out in record numbers. → Read More

Trump supporters reveal who they think would be toughest Democratic challenger to president

*/ On one issue there was unanimity: Donald Trump would be reelected in 2020, most likely by a landslide. → Read More

Trump accused of trying to steal Democrats' thunder with three-day stay at his Las Vegas hotel

For Steffan Starcluf and Peggy Shorn, the fact that the man whose name adorned the front of their golden, glittering hotel was himself staying there, was nothing but splendid happenstance. “We did not know about it until we got here last night and they told us,” said Mr Starcluf, a visitor to Las Vegas from Germany, who was staying at the Trump International Hotel. “It’s good. → Read More

Joe Biden attacks Bernie Sanders over 'immoral' gun immunity at scene of America's worst mass shooting

Joe Biden has attacked Democratic frontrunner Bernie Sanders for voting for “immoral” legislation that granted immunity to gun manufacturers. → Read More

The latest Democratic debate could change everything

It’s famously said that what happens in Vegas should stay in Vegas. Whether it’s a lost weekend of mayhem, a big loss at the tables, or a spur of the moment decision to be married by an Elvis Presley lookalike as he croons the words to Love Me Tender, the implications and the evidence, are supposed not to escape the confines of this desert resort. → Read More

Democratic debate: Bloomberg becomes punchbag as rivals fight to keep campaigns alive

Mike Bloomberg has been angrily denounced as an arrogant and sexist billionaire – a wealthier version of Donald Trump – as Democrats turned on each other in their most contentious debate yet. The former New York mayor, who has soared in the polls after spending up to $400m on politcal advertising, must have known he was going to come under fire in his first appearance in one → Read More

'Don't like Bloomberg? Get out and vote' says Democratic chief ahead of debate

Anyone angry billionaire Michael Bloomberg has “bought” his way his way onto the Democratic debate stage should vote for another candidate, the party’s chairman has suggested. Amid widespread anger among many Democrats the former New York mayor only made it to the party’s ninth debate by spending up to $4000m on political advertising, Tom Perez defended the use of polls as a → Read More

On Vancouver Island, I considered the case of Harry and Meghan

At a certain point, people assume you have covered every story. Floods and earthquakes and hurricanes – tick. Mass shootings (too many), coups (one), invasions (also, one) interviews with celebrities in the making (Take That), along with court cases and city council meetings when local media still had the resources. → Read More