US Politics

Editorial: The Grand Old Party’s Last Gasp
US Politics

Editorial: The Grand Old Party’s Last Gasp

They know the President is toast. But can the GOP even survive defeat when they bet it all on Trump? THE moment Republicans threw open arms around their presidential nominee in 2016, in an act of political desperation, the Grand Old Party (GOP) began its metamorphosis into the Cult of Trump. Moderate Republicans distanced themselves from their own party in disgust as Trump's misinformation, incompetence and shameless bombast became the norm. Those that remained either capitulated like invertebrates in pathetic fealty to their new leader, like Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz, or came to receive the relentless ire of Trump's bullying rhetoric, like John McCain or Jeff Flake. The metamorphosis was complete: Trump, just like a gangland mob boss, owned the Republican Party, from the party machinery...
Slant LIVE: 2018 Midterms
US Politics

Slant LIVE: 2018 Midterms

Welcome to The Slant's liveblog of the 2018 US Midterms. With all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 seats in the Senate up for grabs, tonight's election will determine the future of the Trump presidency.
Big Brother doesn’t need to watch you when he has all your data
Science and Technology, UK Politics, US Politics

Big Brother doesn’t need to watch you when he has all your data

So, this is it. We’ve all experienced a strange urge to give everything we know about ourselves to an unspecified, unregulated entity. Who’d have thought becoming functioning members of modern civilisation would come with so many sacrifices? We knew handing over our basic information to Facebook would have some cost: what if they spam our emails or sell our phone numbers to cold callers? What if they find a way to hack our bank accounts? Of course, with a simple cost-benefit analysis we knew the chances of a giant multinational company robbing our money against our will were fairly slim. It wouldn’t exactly be great for Capitalism if we had no capital. But letting Facebook in on our interests, hobbies, politics, social class... this would all be harmless, right? We’d share ...