The Guardian's Washington Correspondent. Previously Special Projects Editor.

INCOME TAX CUTS AHEAD — The 2015 Conservative Manifesto promises that the personal tax allowance will rise from its current £11,600 to £12,500 by 2020/21. And the higher rate tax threshold will increase from £42,385 to £50,000 over the same period.

Revealed: FBI violated its own rules while spying on Keystone XL opponents — The FBI breached its own internal rules when it spied on campaigners against the Keystone XL pipeline, failing to get approval before it cultivated informants and opened files on individuals protesting against the construction of the pipeline in Texas, documents reveal.

LAME DUCK CHANCELLOR? — George Osborne told me he would not be a lame duck Chancellor after the Prime Minister ruled out rises in Income Tax, National Insurance, or VAT before the election. In a Tax Pledge on 29 April David Cameron restated and clarified the Manifesto.

Baltimore rioter held on $500,000 bail as parents say: 'We wanted him to do the right thing' — The 18-year-old pictured smashing a police car with a traffic cone, in one of the defining images of the Baltimore riots, is being held on half a million dollars' bail and may face years in jail after his stepfather persuaded him to turn himself in to authorities.

Baltimore: hail of habeas corpus petitions leads to release of riot suspects — Around 100 people detained without charge after rioting in Baltimore on Monday were released from the detention on Wednesday night after a raft of petitions filed with the city's public defender led to a backdown by authorities.

Freddie Gray protests sweep US from Baltimore to New York - live updates

Baltimore activist 'kidnapped' on live TV is in jail despite having hands up 'the whole time' — He was the peaceful activist whose sudden disappearance into a phalanx of riot police on a Baltimore street sparked a viral panic. Sixteen hours after Joseph Kent, 21, was filmed being snatched by police out of a road in the west side of the city, the Guardian has established his whereabouts.

Baltimore residents warn 'insane' legal crackdown could spark further unrest — Baltimore's under-fire criminal justice system risked antagonising its already seething local community on Wednesday by suspending legal procedures and imposing bail bonds of up to half a million dollars on the city's most impoverished residents. In one especially stark case, a 19-year-old charged with eight offences allegedly committed on Saturday, including riot, theft and disorderly conduct, was set a bail of $500,000.

Baltimore unrest: Periscope captures tense build-up to curfew - video — In his second dispatch from the disturbances in Baltimore using live streaming app Periscope, the Guardian's Paul Lewis captured the tense lead up to a 10pm curfew in the city and the clashes that erupted soon after.

Baltimore protests: police in riot gear disperse hundreds defying 10pm curfew — Police in riot gear drove people from the streets of Baltimore with teargas and smoke grenades on Tuesday night, after hundreds of protesters defied a 10pm curfew to continue demonstrating over the death of Freddie Gray.
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May 16, 2015

I'm very pleased that coffee isn't bad for you - and may actually be rather good for you:

May 16, 2015

RT @MeirionTweets: UKIP private security agent provocateur spy tried to discredit opponents… @out_of_lives #spycops DM if u know others

May 15, 2015

RT @mattdpearce: Broken SEPTA engineer's window forced it to stop about 2-3 miles from where Amtrak derailed. Passengers saw it pass.…

May 15, 2015

RT @mattdpearce: Between 9:05 and 9:15, a SEPTA and an Acela also got broken windows, passengers tell me. Derailment happened at 9:21.…

May 15, 2015

RT @mattdpearce: Minutes before the Amtrak derailed, two other trains also got broken windows in Philadelphia:…

May 15, 2015

@purpleline @peterjukes Yep, that was my point exactly. And axe murderers and terrorists too.

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