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Matt Taibbi returning to Rolling Stone after split from First Look Media

theguardian.com — Matt Taibbi is gathering no moss. The former Rolling Stone journalist is returning to the magazine, days after splitting from eBay founder Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media in tumultuous circumstances. "I can confirm that he has a story with us in our forthcoming issue, which is out next week," a spokeswoman for Wenner Media, Rolling Stone's publisher, told the Guardian in response to an inquiry on Friday.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @JoeWSJ: Best lede of the day, by some margin, comes courtesy of @guardian. Bon weekend all. theguardian.com/media/2014/oct…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @JoeWSJ: Best lede of the day, by some margin, comes courtesy of @guardian. Bon weekend all. theguardian.com/media/2014/oct…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @michaelroston: It’s great that @mtaibbi is going back to @RollingStone, but it never values his online presence as it ought to: theguardian.com/media/2014/oct…

Oct 31, 2014

It’s great that @mtaibbi is going back to @RollingStone, but it never values his online presence as it ought to: theguardian.com/media/2014/oct…

Oct 31, 2014

Great news: the great @mtaibbi will be back at Rolling Stone theguardian.com/media/2014/oct… Those celebrating his demise crushed with disappointment

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane crashes in test flight

theguardian.com — Richard Branson's plans for commercial space travel suffered a blow on Friday when one of his "rocket planes", SpaceShipTwo, crashed. The plane was undertaking a test flight from its base in the Mojave desert when an "anomaly" occurred, Virgin Galactic said.
Oct 31, 2014

One person dead as Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane crashes on test flight gu.com/p/43vmq/stw

Oct 31, 2014

One person dead as Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane crashes on test flight gu.com/p/43vmq

Oct 31, 2014

More information: One person dead as Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane crashes on test flight gu.com/p/43vmq/stw #breaking

Oct 31, 2014

RT @GuardianUS: One person dead after Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane crashes on test flight trib.al/VYE5Sa8

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A day of difference for Comment is free

theguardian.com — Notice anything different about the Comment section today? As an editor, I hope the answer's yes. But part of me also hopes it's no. Today, the final day of Britain's Black History Month, we've given our section, and our website Comment is free, over to black contributors.
Oct 31, 2014

All writers on the Guardian's Comment is Free pages today are Black and they're not talking about "race" gu.com/p/43vvy/stw

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From A to B-roll: exposing the ‘independent’ campaign ads that aren’t, really

Oct 31, 2014

See where all of Mitch McConnell's smiles end up in this beautiful interactive by @kenandavis + team - theguardian.com/world/ng-inter…

Oct 31, 2014

If you nurture even a sliver of disgusted fascination with how campaign ads are made, check this frm @kenandavis &co: theguardian.com/world/ng-inter…

Oct 31, 2014

How @KenanDavis is taking over the internet, one insanely wicked interactive graphic at a time. bit.ly/109NeCJ

Oct 31, 2014

From A to B-roll: Exposing US politicans’ “independent” campaign ads that aren’t gu.com/p/42pmx Good work by @kenandavis and team

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Foreign jihadists flocking to Iraq and Syria on 'unprecedented scale' - UN

theguardian.com — The United Nations is warning that foreign jihadists are swarming into the twin conflicts in Iraq and Syria on "an unprecedented scale" and from countries that had not previously contributed combatants to global terrorism. A report by the UN security council, obtained by the Guardian, finds that 15,000 people have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside the Islamic State (Isis) and similar extremist groups.
Oct 31, 2014

Beheading innocent civilians seems great PR attracting est 15.000 Muslims from around the world to #ISIS etc, #UN say tinyurl.com/lww5ru7

Oct 31, 2014

RT @MiriamElder: .@attackerman gets UN report saying foreign fighters going to Iraq/Syria on "unprecedented scale" theguardian.com/world/2014/oct…

Oct 31, 2014

Foreign jihadists flocking to Iraq and Syria on 'unprecedented scale' – UN gu.com/p/42tmd/stw this is frightening

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Fiona Woolf resigns as chairman of government’s child abuse inquiry

theguardian.com — Fiona Woolf has resigned as the chairman of the government's child abuse inquiry over concerns about her links to the Westminster establishment. In a severe embarrassment for the government, the lord mayor of London stepped down after representatives of victims group said they had "unanimously" lost confidence in the process.
Oct 31, 2014

But will the farcical bumbling end here? Fiona Woolf resigns as chair of government’s child abuse inquiry gu.com/p/43vyj/tw

Oct 31, 2014

You don't have to have been a hermit, #FionaWoolf. You just have to have not been part of Leon Britten's soc circle! gu.com/p/43vyj/stw

Oct 31, 2014

So Woolf gone; are they aiming for 3rd time lucky? It's now nearly 4 months since Theresa May announced this inquiry theguardian.com/politics/2014/…

Oct 31, 2014

Fiona Woolf resigns as chairman of government’s child abuse inquiry gu.com/p/43vyj/tw via @guardian

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Don't bank on the midterms producing more women in Congress

theguardian.com — On Tuesday, the World Economic Forum (WEF) released its 2014 Global Gender Gap Report. Of the 142 countries analysed, the US ranks a disappointing 20th - below South Africa and Canada, and just above Ecuador and Bulgaria. The WEF ranking is driven by four categories - economic participation and opportunity; educational attainment; health and survival; and political empowerment.
Oct 31, 2014

Don't bank on the midterms producing more women in the Senate. There's a chance we could actually end up with fewer. gu.com/p/43vj9/stw

Oct 31, 2014

RT @AlbertoNardelli: One thing the #midterms aren't likely to change: how poorly US ranks when it comes to the number of women in politics theguardian.com/us-news/databl…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @AlbertoNardelli: One thing the #midterms aren't likely to change: how poorly US ranks when it comes to the number of women in politics theguardian.com/us-news/databl…

Oct 31, 2014

One thing the #midterms aren't likely to change: how poorly US ranks when it comes to the number of women in politics theguardian.com/us-news/databl…

Creepy vintage Halloween costumes - in pictures

theguardian.com — Today's Halloween outfits come from supermarkets and chain stores, but vintage pictures show homemade creations that are darker and much scarier than their modern equivalents
Oct 31, 2014

Creepy vintage Halloween costumes – in pictures gu.com/p/42jx2/stw#7 Yup. Genuinely disturbing

Oct 31, 2014

Vintage Halloween outfits. Such weirdness. Haribo wouldn't do for this lot. theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/g…

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Millionaire landlords Fergus and Judith Wilson begin evicting large families

theguardian.com — Britain's most controversial landlords, Fergus and Judith Wilson, whose property empire extends to nearly 1,000 homes in Kent, have begun evicting families with more than two children, banned tenants on zero-hours contracts and thrown out extended families where the grandmother comes to stay.
Oct 31, 2014

UK buy-to-let moguls evict large families, E. Europeans. bit.ly/107fSoB @guardian Time we adopted Swedish model on home rental.

Oct 31, 2014

Millionaire landlords Fergus and Judith Wilson evicting large families & those on zero hr contracts gu.com/p/42qth/tw via @chakrabortty

Oct 31, 2014

Millionaire landlords Fergus and Judith Wilson are evicting large families and banning tenants on 0-hour contracts theguardian.com/money/2014/oct…

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Breeders' Cup 2014: day one - live!

theguardian.com — Rolling report: Join Greg Wood for all the action on the opening day at Santa Anita

Photographer Muhammed Muheisen: 'This Afghan boy chasing bubbles lets me dream for the future'

theguardian.com — For Pulitzer-winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen, trust is the most important part of his job - perhaps even more important than his camera. "Trust is not something you can buy, or get in no time," he says. "It's a long-term investment. It's a feeling I work hard to earn."
Oct 31, 2014

Honored to have @Muheisen81 visit @NBCNews today to share stories behind his incredible photos. Check out his work: gu.com/p/42ze3/stw

Oct 31, 2014

RT @AP_CorpComm: Compelling images: @AP photographer Muhammed Muheisen (@Muheisen81) on living and working among refugees. @guardian: apne.ws/1wODgDH

Oct 31, 2014

Photographer Muhammed Muheisen: 'This Afghan boy chasing bubbles lets me dream for the future' gu.com/p/42ze3/stw

Oct 31, 2014

Guardian - Photographer Muhammed Muheisen: 'This Afghan boy chasing bubbles lets me dream for the future' tinyurl.com/l3e6pab

Maine nurse can leave home but must maintain 3ft distance from others, court rules

theguardian.com — The state of Maine obtained a temporary court order on Friday to force nurse Kaci Hickox to follow US federal guidelines for healthcare workers exposed to Ebola. The decision has "critical implications for [Hickox's] freedom," and "the public's right to be protected from the potential severe harm posed by transmission of a devastating disease," chief district court judge Charles C LaVerdlere wrote, in a decision issued on Friday morning.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @markmorford: Wait, the court can order someone to stay 3ft away from everyone else? Can we do this with Congress? bit.ly/1zRx0Pp

Oct 31, 2014

Wait, the court can order someone to stay 3ft away from everyone else? Can we do this with Congress? bit.ly/1zRx0Pp

Oct 31, 2014

RT @MatthewWells: Absurd. Court rules Maine 'Ebola' nurse can leave home but must maintain 3ft distance from others theguardian.com/us-news/2014/o…

Oct 31, 2014

Absurd. Court rules Maine 'Ebola' nurse can leave home but must maintain 3ft distance from others theguardian.com/us-news/2014/o…

Elena Ferrante: the global literary sensation nobody knows

theguardian.com — She shuns publicity and her identity is a mystery. Yet, as the last in her acclaimed series of novels about two friends in Naples is published, Elena Ferrante's reputation is soaring, with Zadie Smith, James Wood and Jhumpa Lahiri among her fans. Meghan O'Rourke on a literary mystery
Oct 31, 2014

Elena Ferrante: the global literary sensation nobody knows gu.com/p/42zqz

Oct 31, 2014

RT @sarahw: If you can only read one piece on Elena Ferrante, make it this one by @meghanor. theguardian.com/books/2014/oct…

Oct 31, 2014

"The famous writer nobody know" I LOVE this piece by @meghanor on the wonderful Elena Ferrante theguardian.com/books/2014/oct…

We read every Taylor Swift thinkpiece so you don't have to

theguardian.com — For years the hidden messages scattered throughout the liner notes of Taylor Swift albums have been pored over and scrutinised by her more obsessive fans (or Swifties as they like to be known) in the relative safety of dedicated forums and Tumblr pages.
Oct 31, 2014

Brilliant RT @GuardianUS: We read every Taylor Swift thinkpiece so you don’t have to trib.al/wo0BOhb

Oct 31, 2014

It was a pleasure RT “@alexneedham74: .@MichaelCragg kindly read every Taylor Swift thinkpiece so you don't have to gu.com/p/43vcp/stw

Oct 31, 2014

RT @guardian: We read every Taylor Swift thinkpiece so you don't have to gu.com/p/43vcp/tw

Kim Jong-un visits orphanage (smoking) - caption competition

theguardian.com — Kim Jong-un is back on the scene. Since emerging from a two-month absence (apparently due to ankle surgery), he has given field guidance to a new restaurant, advised the Korean Workers Party on the best soil for feeding livestock and got the feel for an airforce jet.

The 104 Westminster seats where renters are set to be in the majority

theguardian.com — Nearly one in six MPs will be representing a seat where a majority of people are renting in 2021 including two thirds of London constituencies, according to a new report. There are 65 MPs currently in constituencies where the majority of people rent, according to the 2011 census compared to 38 in 2001.

George Brandis’s ‘safeguard’ fails to ease journalists’ fears

theguardian.com — The attorney general, George Brandis, described it as a "very powerful safeguard" against the possibility of journalists being jailed for reporting on spies' special intelligence operations. But there is a problem with Brandis's instruction that no journalist be prosecuted without the attorney general's stamp of approval: the attorney general is the very person who would have been responsible for signing off on the covert Asio operation in the first place.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @CroweDM: Politician who signs off on spy op that's bungled gets to decide if report about it breaks law. @danielhurstbne theguardian.com/australia-news…

Oct 31, 2014

Politician who signs off on spy op that's bungled gets to decide if report about it breaks law. @danielhurstbne theguardian.com/australia-news…

Oct 31, 2014

Excellent RT @murpharoo: "Let's start with some facts." @danielhurst on the AG deciding who gets prosecuted under 35P theguardian.com/australia-news…

Oct 31, 2014

"Let's start with some facts." @danielhurst ~ on the AG deciding who gets prosecuted under 35P theguardian.com/australia-news…

Oct 31, 2014

George Brandis’s ‘safeguard’ fails to ease Australian journalists’ fears gu.com/p/43v5z/stw

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Miliband calls for second chamber to represent all UK’s cities and regions

theguardian.com — Ed Miliband will broaden his drive for the devolution of political and economic power to the cities and regions, and away from London, by saying he wants an elected second chamber completely recast as representative of the cities, regions and nations of the UK.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @labourpress: Miliband calls for second chamber to represent all UK’s cities and regions theguardian.com/politics/2014/… via @guardian

Oct 31, 2014

Is this a priority? => Miliband calls for Lords reform with a second chamber to represent all UK cities and regions gu.com/p/43vmd/tw

Government ‘washing its hands’ of legal aid problem for vulnerable parents

theguardian.com — A senior judge has accused the government of "washing its hands" of the problem it has created by failing to provide legal aid for vulnerable parents in child custody cases.
Oct 31, 2014

Unconscionable for State to force parents w learning disabilities to mount legal arguments in a bid 2 keep their kids theguardian.com/law/2014/oct/3…

Oct 31, 2014

Both barrels >Top family court judge slams govt for 'washing its hands’ of legal aid problem for vulnerable parents gu.com/p/43vev/tw

Oct 31, 2014

Government ‘washing its hands’ of legal aid problem for vulnerable parents gu.com/p/43vev/tw via @guardian