‘My Brexit nightmare’: readers on how the uncertainty is affecting their lives

We ask readers in Britain and Europe to tell us how they are coping As dates for the UK to exit the EU come and go, weve been asking readers to tell us how theyre dealing with the uncertainty. People who responded to a Chispa. My whole life for the last two years has been held hostage to this horrendous waiting game of uncertainty that Brexit has become. When I retired, after over 30 years working in education, just after the referendum, my plan was to enjoy my retirement with my husband back in Spain with my family. However, unsure what the situation will bring, and with my husband in poor health, the risk of losing access to health services …

Chrissy Teigen blasts Ivanka Trump’s ‘complete lack of empathy’ on child separation

Leesburg, Virginia (CNN)Chrissy Teigen called out Ivanka Trump for a “complete lack of empathy” in regards to the Trump administration’s child separation on Wednesday night at the House Democrats’ annual retreat. “I couldn’t read the messages that I was being sent because, of course, Donald more than anything he says and does, he opened a world, opened up a window to all these people that felt like it became OK to be just as nasty as him, and it made it acceptable and I didn’t want to be a part of that anymore,” she said. She said that she typically likes to make light of things, but “but it’s hard to find the funny when there’s so much sad and …

Some ex-Obama aides see former president in young Indiana mayor

Washington (CNN)Here are the stories our panel of top political reporters will be watching for in the week ahead, in this week’s “Inside Politics” forecast. “I was in Chicago last week, talking to a lot of former (Barack) Obama aides,” Zeleny said. “They say they recognize — particularly in how he sounds — a lot of Mayor Buttigieg in what Sen. Obama used to sound like.” Zeleny said that until recently, Beto O’Rourke was the one being compared to the former president. “O’Rourke’s people are slightly concerned about this,” Zeleny said. “His campaign manager sent out an email saying don’t look at these early polls, we’re right on track here. But there is a sense O’Rourke may have squandered an …

USA Today: Barbara Bush no longer considered herself a Republican after Trump became President, book says

Washington (CNN)Former first lady Barbara Bush didn’t consider herself a Republican after Donald Trump took office, according to a forthcoming book obtained by USA Today about the matriarch of a GOP political dynasty. “The world thought I was writing this note to Bill Clinton. I am glad that I am not,” Bush wrote, according to a copy of the letter included in the USA Today excerpt. Bush wrote to Trump when there was speculation over whether the new first lady would remain in New York or move to Washington. “Whatever you decide to do is your business and yours alone,” Bush wrote, according to the book. “Living in the White House is a joy and their only job is to …

Former Nevada politician alleges Joe Biden kissed the back of her head in 2014, made her feel ‘uneasy, gross, and confused’

Washington (CNN)A former Nevada state assemblywoman said on Friday that former Vice President Joe Biden made her feel “uneasy, gross, and confused” in 2014 when, at a campaign rally in Nevada, she said he kissed her on the back of the head. Flores continued: “I couldn’t move, and I couldn’t say anything. I wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me.” Her account comes as Biden is considering a bid for president in 2020. He is expected to announce his decision as soon as April. In a statement to CNN responding to Flores’ allegation, Bill Russo, a Biden spokesman, said, “Vice President Biden was pleased to support Lucy Flores’s candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of Nevada in 2014 and …

Im in no-deal planning ops. Heres a briefing from our Whitehall bunker | Anonymous

My fellow civil servants in Operation Yellowhammer are surprisingly chipper Inside the gurgling, labyrinthine large intestine of no-deal Brexit, weve been working hard. But weve also been waiting for weeks for the government to fully activate Yellowhammer, just as other bits of government have been waiting for the launch of Operation Brock, angry , and Ive given Kbler-Ross Brexit grief cycle that my splintering personalities can live with. Im now in the phase I should have started with: bargaining. Bargaining is the stage where a brush with reality compels you to try to get back what youve just lost. For Brexiteers, thats the prestige and pride that the last three years (and possibly the 60-odd since the Suez crisis) have …

Karen Pence responds to Pete Buttigieg’s criticism of her husband: ‘They’ve always had a great relationship’

(CNN)South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s recent rise in the 2020 presidential race has featured a steady stream of attacks against Vice President Mike Pence, the former Indiana governor who had a working relationship with the mayor during his time as the head of the state. Karen Pence responded to that on Tuesday. “I’m just like, ‘Pete, did you not like that,’ because that’s what the vice president said about him,” she said. “So what’s the problem with that?” Buttigieg appeared to respond to the comments from Pence’s orbit on Tuesday, tweeting, “People will often be polite to you in person, while advancing policies that harm you and your family. You will be polite to them in turn, but you …

Why Democrats hate the Electoral College and Republicans love it

(CNN)Funny thing. Democrats, who keep losing elections where they get more votes, want to get rid of the Electoral College and Republicans, who keep winning elections where they get less votes, want to keep it. “Well, my view is that every vote matters,” Warren said. “And the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting. And that means get rid of the Electoral College and everybody counts.” Plus, 11 states and the District of Columbia have joined something called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, whereby states would simply agree to pledge their electoral votes to the national popular vote winner. Colorado became the 12th state to join that effort last week and Delaware and …

Hickenlooper defends his disapproval of Green New Deal by touting record on climate change

Washington (CNN)Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper isn’t running away from his record on climate change. And in a move that may prove politically risky, Hickenlooper sought to burnish his pragmatic image by announcing last week his opposition to the Green New Deal, the sweeping Democratic proposal that would radically alter the United States’ approach to combating climate change. ‘We have to have dreams,’ but Green New Deal unfeasible, Hickenlooper says “The Green New Deal sets us up for failure,” reads the title of his op-ed in the Washington Post. In the piece, Hickenlooper says he supports the “concept of a Green New Deal” but, “given the scope of the threat of global climate change,” he can’t back the proposal because …

Titania McGrath: laugh if you want, but wokes no joke

Lampooning the language of social justice is a cheap shot In Jean-Paul Sartres play Huis Clos, three characters are chucked into a room and forced to reality is equally inescapable, albeit in jollier surroundings and with a furry animal on hand. I feel your bemusement: why thank you, SparkNotes, you might say, but where are we going with this? In short: directly to hell. Longer version: nowhere good, but circuitously, via multiple grim stops connected by rail replacement buses that are driven by maniacs. To pass the time en route, we will be forced to watch repeats of Question Time and issued with brand-new copies of Titania McGraths Woke: A Guide to Social Justice. Occasionally the bus will stop and …

The 67 most stunning lines from Donald Trump’s epic 2-hour CPAC speech

(CNN)Fresh off an unsuccessful summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump jetted back from Vietnam just in time to appear at the annual CPAC conference. And away we go! 2. “What we did in 2016 — the Election, we call it, with a capital ‘E’ — it’s never been done before.” Donald Trump, grammar expert. Also, copy editor. Also also, history-maker. 3. “I was probably more of a conservative than a Republican. People just didn’t quite understand that. They didn’t understand it.” They likely didn’t understand it because Trump, prior to running for president as a Republican, had expressed any number of views — on abortion, same-sex marriage and lots else — that suggested he was …

Sen. Amy Klobuchar takes the self-deprecating route to entertain Gridiron guests

(CNN)Sen. Amy Klobuchar addressed the quirkiest story to emerge about her since she announced her presidential candidacy right out of the gate. She went after another elephant in the room by addressing media reports claiming she often berated her staff. “So when Jerry called me about tonight, he asked, ‘Do you need a microphone or do you just prefer to yell at everyone?’” she said. “I said microphone,” Klobuchar deadpanned. Klobuchar was invited to address the annual white-tie, invitation-only affair hosted by Washington’s journalism establishment, along with her Republican colleague, Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana. A relative newcomer to the Congress, Kennedy’s folksy, quick-witted sound bites have garnered attention. In a town known for its backbiting politics rather than its …

Ivanka Trump responds to a performance art piece of a vacuuming Ivanka lookalike

Washington (CNN)Ivanka Trump tweeted Tuesday in response to “Ivanka Vacuuming,” a performance art piece of an Ivanka lookalike who vacuums a pink carpet in a gallery in downtown Washington. “I would be happy to arrange for you to do it alone with none of the media circus that has formed around it,” Rubell wrote. “Not knocking anyone down. Exploring complicated subjects we all care about.” “Ivanka Vacuuming,” by @jenniferrubell. The performance art piece features an Ivanka Trump lookalike in bell sleeves and heels who vacuums a pink carpet for two hours every night. Visitors are invited to throw crumbs on the carpet for her to vacuum up, and to consider their complicity in Ivanka’s role-playing as a public figure. A …

Why Trump wants you to be afraid of high speed trains

(CNN)In President Donald Trump’s world, Democrats are after your cars and want to force everyone onto trains. Trump wasted no time making fun of California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who announced in his State of the State address Tuesday that he was going to scale back a massive planned high speed rail project. The train might ultimately carry passengers from megalopolis of Los Angeles to the metro area that includes both Silicon Valley and San Francisco, but for now, Newsom said, they’re just going to focus on the line from Bakersfield (population: 380,000) to Merced (population: 83,000). “The whole project is a ‘green’ disaster,” Trump said on Twitter, and demanded that California return $3.5 billion in funding for the project …

Kamala Harris’ secret weapon: The sisters of AKA

(CNN)As Kamala Harris sets her sights on the White House, there is perhaps no network better positioned to power her early launch than the women she will address Friday night in South Carolina: her sisters in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated — the nation’s oldest black sorority. Several former advisers to Barack Obama underscored Alpha Kappa Alpha’s influence by recalling to CNN how they convinced the exhausted 2008 candidate to stop by the Pink Ice Gala in January of that year, days before the Palmetto State’s primary. Facing Obama’s initial objections to the unscheduled stop after a long stretch of campaigning, his advisers asked him simply whether he wanted to win the primary. (Obama made the stop and went on …

Former US ambassador to Afghanistan calls US framework with Taliban ‘a surrender negotiation’

Washington (CNN)Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker knocked the Trump administration for the framework agreement it announced with the Taliban that could open the door to ending the nearly 20-year long war. He said he thought negotiations could get back on the right track if the US included the government of Afghanistan in the process, but without reaching favorable terms, he called for the US to keep its troops there indefinitely. “In terms of US forces, maybe through these negotiations we can get to a place where our national security interests and our moral values as Americans can be advanced and protected by means other than our forces,” Crocker said. “Unless or until that day comes, our forces are …