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Thursday US briefing: Wisconsin GOP votes to weaken incoming Democrats – The Guardian

Good morning, I'm Tim Walker with the most important stories of today.

Top Story: Through the comprehensive bill, the new governors

Wisconsin's Republican legislators have been accused of undermining democracy after passing legislation that would weaken the new Democratic governor, Tony Evers, who fired Scott Walker during the interim month of last month. The bill was passed on Wednesday in a lame duck session despite widespread outrage and sent to Walker's desk, where he said he would sign her before leaving the office in January. The outgoing governor was later booed at a ceremony to illuminate the Christmas tree in the state capital.

China demands release of detained Huawei leader

A profile of Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, is displayed on a Huawei computer

A profile of Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, is displayed on a Huawei computer in a shop in Beijing. Photo: Ng Han Guan / AP

The arrest of a leading Chinese executive in Canada allegedly charged with alleged violations of US sanctions against Iran has sparked market panic and threatened a diplomatic incident in the midst of ongoing Washington-Beijing trade disputes. China has called for the immediate release of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei, who is the daughter of the founder of the Chinese telecommunications giant. Meng was arrested on Saturday in Vancouver and has to be extradited to the US.

43 holds an emotional eulogy while Washington mourns 41

The key moments of George HW Bush's funeral video

George W. Bush had his most eloquent speech on Wednesday, when he gave his father and former US President George HW Bush at the National Cathedral in Washington DC a poignant, funny, and finally weeping eulogy. The state of relations between the other living presidents was clear during the funeral: Trump exchanged a fleeting handshake with Barack Obama as he took his place in the front bank while completely ignoring the Clintons.

  • Era of politeness? Unlike Trump, George HW Bush has shown that it is possible to be friends with your opponents. But, asks Zachary Woods, does that apologize for his political shortcomings?

Do we already read the Müller report?

Müller has already begun to unveil his findings piece by piece

Müller has already begun to unveil his findings piece by piece. Photo: Tom Williams / CQ-Roll Call, Inc

With new details about Robert Mueller's dealings with Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn and Michael Cohen, which have come up in recent days, the story of Russia and the Trump campaign is already being revealed in Dribs and Drabs. Tom McCarthy asks if the special prosecutor's criminal indictments, the sentencing of memoranda and other official notices are in fact the first chapters of the Mueller Review published as a serial library rather than a single doorstop.


  • internally Facebook Emails published by the UK Parliament show Mark Zuckerberg discussing the sale of user data to advertisers in 2012, among other disclosures. A Facebook spokesperson said the documents were "presented in a way that is very misleading without an additional context".

  • Five US Marines are missing after two military Airplanes collided during a refueling operation in the air off the coast of Japan.

  • Prosecutors will demand the death penalty for the US Border Protection Officer charged with the murders of four women after confessing that he shot them in the head and left their bodies on rural Texas roads.

  • A donkey and an emu that "in love" adopted on an abandoned farm in South Carolina the actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who has relocated the unlikely love birds to Hudson Valley.

Listen today: Why are millions fleeing Venezuela?

The political crisis in Venezuela has become a humanitarian crisis. Millions of people fled from a country in economic crisis. Two decades after Hugo Chávez's election – and five years after his death – Tom Phillips tells of a ruined heritage.

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The new age of Afro-Surrealism

From Atlanta to Apeshit, from the insane satire of Sorry to Bother You to the "unclassifiable" sketches of Random Acts of Flyness, black artists express the absurdity of living in a racist society by embracing the disquieting and bizarre people, writes Lanre Bakare.

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Author Maggie O'Farrell has been suffering for years from chronic back pain caused by childhood illness and late-diagnosed spinal injury. If you live in pain, she writes, "You must make sure your underlyings do not sink too low for what is acceptable."

How do we get into an anti-racist America?

In our new series, Antiracism and America, the Guardian seeks to shed light on the structures of racial inequality, based on the ideas of those who focus on racial degradation. Today, a former prison inmate seeks progressive solutions to a broken justice system, a social services scientist exposes racism in Chicago public school policies, and Ibram X Kendi describes what a truly anti-racist America might look like.

Review of Schindler's list at 25
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Despite growing evidence that it causes non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, glyphosate remains one of the most widely used herbicides in the US. Worse than that, writes Erin Brockovich, it's in our food.

Almonds, carrots, quinoa, soy products, vegetable oil, corn and corn oil, canola oil, beets and beet sugar, sweet potatoes – these are just some of the foods that typically contain high glyphosate levels.


The Thai immigration authorities say that Bahrain planned the arrest of dissident footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi before he arrived for a holiday in Thailand. His disturbing case is a test for Fifa"New human rights policy," writes Minky Worden.

Washington's apparent refusal to sign Colin Kaepernick, the most qualified quarterback free agent in football, shows he will never play in the United States NFL again, says Oliver Connolly.

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