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May 26, 2017 3:09 PM The Daily 202: Gianforte’s victory after assaulting reporter reflects rising tribalism in American politics

THE BIG IDEA: Greg Gianforte admitted to attacking a reporter and apologized during his victory speech last night, as he kept Montana’s sole House seat in Republican hands. Now he and his party’s leaders are trying to move on. On the eve of the special election, the wealthy technology entrepreneur flipped out when the Guardian’s Ben Jacobs asked him about 5

May 26, 2017 12:31 PM Despite Environment and Controversy, GOP Wins Another Race

First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter. Well, if you wanted to know if someone could win a competitive special election one day after being cited for misdemeanor assault, you got your answer. "Republican Greg Gianforte declared victory in Montana's special 6

May 26, 2017 11:16 AM The GOP inherits what Trump has wrought

The darker forces that propelled President Trump’s rise are beginning to frame and define the rest of the Republican Party. When GOP House candidate Greg Gianforte assaulted a reporter who had attempted to ask him a question Wednesday night in Montana, many saw not an isolated outburst by an individual, but the obvious, violent result of Trump’s charge 3

May 25, 2017 8:33 PM Blunt Trump averts diplomatic disaster in Brussels

Donald Trump's motorcade swept through Brussels on a tour of the landmarks of post-war reconstruction that he once seemed to threaten - and diplomatic calamity was averted. It may seem strange to measure the impact of a presidential visit to the EU institutions and Nato simply in terms of faux-pas avoided and false steps not taken but somehow that's 3

May 25, 2017 2:59 PM How do you fix Facebook moderation’s problem? Figure out what Facebook is

On Sunday, The Guardian published what it has dubbed the Facebook Files, leaked documents describing the rules Facebook has developed to govern what its 2 billion users are allowed to share publicly. The more than 100 internal documents reveal the chasm between the platform’s simple and anodyne Terms of Service or Community Guidelines and the complex 4

May 23, 2017 3:33 AM China flexes muscle in spy games against US

A cartoon posted in a dusty alleyway in the heart of Beijing warns passersby not to fall prey to the charms of foreign men: they might be spies. It is a graphic reminder of a struggle usually waged in the shadows, and a sign of the Chinese government's intensifying campaign against espionage. The poster's comic book tale of love gone wrong ends in tears 4

May 22, 2017 12:27 PM Bomb on coup anniversary wounds 21 at Thai Army hospital

A bomb struck a Bangkok military hospital on Monday and wounded 21 people, one seriously, three years to the day after the Thai army seized power in the politically unstable kingdom. BANGKOK: A bomb struck a Bangkok military hospital on Monday and wounded 21 people, one seriously, three years to the day after the Thai Army seized power in the politically 6

May 22, 2017 12:20 PM The Latest: Trump signs book: 'Great honor' to be in Israel

President Donald Trump has signed the guestbook at the official residence of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. In a short inscription, Trump wrote: "It is such a great honor to be in Israel and be with all of my great friends!" Following tradition, a tree was planted in Trump's honor in the presidential garden, as has been done for other visiting dignitaries 8

May 22, 2017 12:15 PM Iran reformists sweep Tehran municipal council election

Amir Vahdat and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press Their win in Friday's election marks the first time reformists have gained total control of Tehran's municipal council since such votes began in the Islamic Republic in 1999. Iranian media also reported similar big gains for reformists in other major cities. While their powers are limited to local affairs 7

May 17, 2017 3:15 PM Macron cabinet: Women are half of France's new minsters

French President Emmanuel Macron has unveiled a gender-balanced cabinet in accordance with an earlier pledge, with 11 of 22 posts taken by women. Sylvie Goulard is defence minister while Olympic fencing champion Laura Flessel is sports minister. Bruno Le Maire is economy minister, Gérard Collomb is interior minister and François Bayrou is justice minister 7