Trump toadies. Barr is a “tough on crime” hypocrite, whose efforts to protect Stone are another blow to the rule of law by the Trump administration, says Andrew Gawthorpe.
Iowa Democratic chair quits over caucus chaos
Troy Price said he was “deeply sorry” for the disastrous caucus process. Photograph: Craig Lassig/EPA
The chair of the Iowa Democratic party, Troy Price, has quit after presiding over the state’s chaotic caucus process, which is yet to yield its final results following the failure of a smartphone app and subsequent mistakes in the reporting and tallying of votes. Price said in a letter to the party’s state central committee that he was “deeply sorry” for the failure of the caucus, the first he had overseen since taking on the role in 2017.
Whither Warren? She was once, briefly, the frontrunner, with a campaign that promised to bring the two halves of her party together. But after disappointing results in the early states, where does Elizabeth Warren go next? Lauren Gambino reports.
American coronavirus evacuees demand better oversight
A dog wearing a face mask in Beijing as the number of coronavirus cases in China continue to rise. Photograph: Wang Zhao/AFP via Getty Images
Sacked ambassador warns of ‘amoral’ US foreign policy
Marie Yovanovitch speaks at Georgetown University, where she was honoured with an award for diplomacy. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP
Marie Yovanovitch, the former US ambassador to Ukraine, who was ousted by Trump in May 2019 amid White House efforts to dig up dirt on Joe Biden in Ukraine, has described the administration’s foreign policy as “amoral”. Speaking at Georgetown University in Washington DC, where she was accepting an award for diplomacy, Yovanovitch said Trump risked alienating American allies by substituting “threats, fear and confusion for trust”.
Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, has reportedly purchased the 1930s former estate of Warner Bros co-founder Jack Warner, from the entertainment mogul David Geffen, for $165m – a record price for a single-family home in the Los Angeles area.
Scientists have discovered evidence of a mysterious “ghost population” of yet-to-be-discovered ancient humans who lived in Africa about half a million years ago, and whose DNA is still found among west Africans today.
Natalie Portman has responded to criticism from Rose McGowan over her Oscars dress, which was embroidered with the names of female directors. “I’ve only made a few films with women,” Portman said. “The unmade films I have tried to make are a ghost history.”
Which are the books, films, songs and games that express romance in 2020? Composite: PR/Guardian
From first kiss to unfollowing: today’s culture of love
On the eve of Valentine’s Day, Guardian critics pick the cultural creations that best represent our attitude to love and romance in 2020, from a book that redefines ideas of marriage to Netflix’s radically sex-positive teen dramedy, Sex Education.
How ultra-processed food took over your shopping basket
From chicken nuggets to protein bars, ultra-processed foods account for more than half of all calories eaten in the US and UK. Consumers often blame themselves for indulging too much but, asks Bee Wilson, what if it is in the nature of the products to be overeaten?
The Weinstein accuser helping others to cope
Louise Godbold is one of more than 90 women who came forward with claims against the disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein. But the one-time actor is also helping fellow trauma survivors to overcome their emotional injuries. She spoke to Lucia Graves.
Las Vegas’s homelessness crackdown
Las Vegas city council recently approved a law that made sitting, resting or “lodging” on sidewalks punishable by up to six months in jail. The city claims it is a humanitarian measure; homeless advocates call it a “war on the poor”. Dan Hernandez reports.
The era of free markets and open borders is ending, hastened by the climate crisis, populism and now coronavirus. And it’s little wonder globalisation faces a backlash at last, says Larry Elliot – it has failed billions of people.
Today, governments are less interested in breaking down barriers and more concerned about safeguarding jobs, preventing intellectual property theft and the risk of cyber crime. Companies are realising that lengthy global supply chains designed to take advantage of low wages in the developing world have costs as well as benefits.
The national men’s soccer team has urged US Soccer to significantly boost the pay for the the world champion women’s team, amid a gender discrimination lawsuit by the women’s team union and ongoing contract negotiations.
MLB is rumoured to be toying with the idea of re-tooling its playoffs to add more teams and primetime tension in 2022. Such changes could pit baseball purists against the sport’s more progressive fans, writes David Lengel.
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