Trump promise to leave nuclear deal could be bargaining move, Corker says

Trump promise to leave nuclear deal could be bargaining move, Corker says

  • Senator: INF exit could be gambit like threat to scrap Nafta
  • Russia laments ‘blackmail to forcefully get certain concessions’

Amid rising alarm over Donald Trump’s announced withdrawal from a key nuclear weapons treaty with Russia, the Republican chair of the Senate foreign relations committee said he hoped it was “just a move” to achieve a new deal, in the way the president threatened then renegotiated the Nafta trade agreement.

Related: Ditching nuclear arms treaty would be dangerous step, Russia warns US

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Trump was ‘playful’ in praising assault on Guardian reporter, Ben Sasse says

Trump was ‘playful’ in praising assault on Guardian reporter, Ben Sasse says

Donald Trump was being “playful” when he praised a Montana congressman who assaulted a Guardian reporter, said a Republican senator whose new book sets out to “heal” America’s glaring political divide.

Related: ‘He’s my guy’: Donald Trump praises Gianforte for assault on Guardian reporter

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What will help you get into Harvard? Super-rich parents with a chequebook and pen | Arwa Mahdawi

What will help you get into Harvard? Super-rich parents with a chequebook and pen | Arwa Mahdawi

The university’s policy on affirmative action is on trial – but it is the evidence of links between offers of acceptance and donations that is most damning

Want a place at Harvard? Persuade your parents to give the university a nice gift. A new building, perhaps, or a million dollars for a fellowship. That sort of thing.

It has long been understood that you can, to some extent, buy your way into many of the US’s prestigious universities. There are certainly plenty of examples of people with more money than sense being admitted to elite educational institutions. Jared Kushner, for example, got into Harvard despite having a mediocre academic record. To be fair, this may have had nothing to do with his father pledging $2.5m (£1.9m) to the university shortly before he was accepted. Perhaps the admissions office just had a hunch that this was the genius who was finally going to bring peace to the Middle East.

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LeBron James’s home LA Lakers debut marred by brawl and ejections

LeBron James’s home LA Lakers debut marred by brawl and ejections

  • Chris Paul claims Rajon Rondo spat during confrontation
  • Houston Rockets beat Lakers 124-115 in stormy game

Once the fists started flying late in the fourth quarter, LeBron James’ home debut with the Los Angeles Lakers was relegated to the undercard. 

A sprawling fight that included the normally mild-mannered Chris Paul and Brandon Ingram stole part of the spotlight on LeBron’s official landing on the West Coast. The Houston Rockets stole the rest with a gritty victory.

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2020 vision: Democratic presidential hopefuls flock to early voting states

2020 vision: Democratic presidential hopefuls flock to early voting states

Biden spars with Trump in Nevada, Booker and Harris are in South Carolina. The White House race is already crowded

It’s a crisp fall weekend and more than a half-dozen prominent Democrats are in states that hold early primaries. Former vice-president Joe Biden is in Nevada. Two senators, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, are in South Carolina. The former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe is in New Hampshire and Colorado governor John Hickenlooper is in Iowa. It is October 2018. The 2020 presidential campaign is on.

Related: John James: ‘Battle-tested, ready to lead’ … and a black American for Trump

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