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Fed up with "political correctness," Donald Trump's fans rode a cycle of controversy and outrage to push him all the way to the top of a crowded field. Since then, however, they've waged a civil war over extremist rhetoric, fired a longtime supporter to quiet the backlash and now there's even talk of changing the rules to prevent...

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Kevin Cunnington has been appointed head of the Government Digital Services (GDS). He was formerly director of business transformation at the Department for Work and Pensions GDS runs gov.uk, the government's overarching website, and advises departments on how to provide online services and manage data. Cabinet Office Minister Ben Gummer said he would "continue the transformation of government...

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Russian hackers are believed to have breached the computers of the Clinton Foundation — and appear to be the same cyber spies who swiped confidential files from the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton campaigns, officials familiar with the investigation told NBC News. Three private security firms have concluded the hackers are Russian, and some security experts...

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Chancellor George Osborne has vowed to create a "more outward-looking, global-facing Britain" following the UK vote to leave the European Union. Even closer economic ties between the UK and US are in the "overwhelming interest of both countries", he has written in the Wall Street Journal. Although the UK is leaving the EU, "we are not quitting the world",...

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Powers that allow UK security services to collect large volumes of personal data are not "inherently incompatible" with privacy laws, say MPs and peers. The Human Rights Committee said so-called bulk data gathering was "capable of being justified". It welcomed the Investigatory Powers Bill as a "significant step forward" in human rights terms but said more safeguards were needed....

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The Scottish Parliament is to debate a ban on fracking as part of a Holyrood environment and land reform debate. New Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham is to lead a debate calling for a "sustainable low-carbon economy". Scottish Labour has tabled an amendment calling for a full ban on fracking, while the Greens have another speaking against it. The Scottish...

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Tata would need to give guarantees it is in the UK steel industry for the long run if it scraps its planned sale of plants, Stephen Kinnock has said. The Indian-based firm announced it was selling its loss-making UK business in March, putting thousands of jobs at risk, including 4,100 at Port Talbot. There are two known bids,...

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Theresa May has agreed to establish an independent review to examine the operational case for powers which allow for the bulk collection of data. The home secretary made the offer in a letter to Labour's Andy Burnham. The independent reviewer of terrorism legislation has agreed to lead the review, reporting over the summer. David Anderson will assess the...

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The controversy over the naming of a new polar research vessel was an "astoundingly good outcome" for public interest in science, MPs have heard. The National Environment Research Council defended its decision to hold a public poll to suggest names, in which Boaty McBoatface got the most support. Professor Duncan Wingham said the row had "put a smile" on...

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"Clean air zones" targeting drivers of high-polluting vehicles should be extended to more cities in England, the Commons environment committee has said. MPs said more cities should get the enhanced powers being granted to London, Leeds, Birmingham, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton. The powers allow cities to charge high-polluting vehicles to discourage them from entering the city centre. The committee...

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