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FBI fires agent Peter Strzok for professional misconduct after exchanging partisan text messages about the 2016 presidential election with his lover, President Trump has characterized Strzok as the leader behind a "witch hunt" for Russian interference in the election, the disgraced agent also had senior role in the investigation regarding Hillary Clinton's private email server

German politicians united against Steve Bannon's plans for nationalist think tank focused on European Parliament's 2019 election – Michael Roth (SPD) says their values are stronger than Bannon's hate and lies, Florian Hahn (CSU) says entire bloc should remain vigilant "against any inadmissible external electoral interference" and FDP calls plans "frontal attack on the EU and European values"

Steve Bannon announces Bitcoin investment, considers creating Deplorables Coin, sees opportunity to strengthen populist movements through crypto currencies

NRA sets new attendence record with 87,154 people attending annual meeting in Dallas

House of Lords votes to support amendment to Brexit meaning UK will remain in EU single market, decision can be overruled by House of Commons

Italy's Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio rejects final offer for right wing coalition as party does not want to cooperate with Berlusconi's Forza Italia and Lega Nord leader Matteo Salvini does not want to scrap alliance, proposes fresh elections instead

Andrea Nahles new leader of German social democrats SPD, received support from 66% of delegates at extra party convention which was lower than expected

Pat Buchanan: Orbán and others like him succeed as they oppose dissolution of nations which common Europeans identify with while their competitors dismiss nationalism in favor of utopian multiculturalist democracy, despite decadent US exemplifying failure of democracy people will use it to replace weak elites with strong men

Manuel Valls considers running for Barcelona mayor, former socialist PM of France was born in city by Catalan father and Swiss mother, opposes independence for Catalonia

Austria government wants to give police right to confiscate mobile phones to investigate identities of asylum seekers, also wants to repatriate minors who commit crimes and extend time required to become citizen from six to ten years

Ingo Senftleben, leader of German Christian Democrats in state of Brandenburg, ready to go into coalition with Alternative for Germany if it enables him to win power

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) retires from Congress after serving out term in January, says additional term would mean his kids would have only ever known him as weekend dad, touts tax code reform and rebuilding nation's military as top accomplishments

Ecuador once again cuts off Julian Assange’s internet connection at London embassy after Wikileaks founder criticizes Germany's detention of former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, Ecuador refers to agreement about respecting country's diplomatic relations

English activists welcome obligatory deposit when buying bottles and cans of drinks, environment secretary Michael Gove points to need for attitude change and says deposit system is powerful way of influencing behavior

New Swedish political party Alternative for Sweden launches international crowdfunding campaign, seeks support from Trump voters in US

EU proposes taxing tech companies with global revenues of at least EUR 750 million and EUR 50 million in EU, new tax to be 3% of revenues, EU finance commissioner Pierre Moscovici calls proposal a tax system for the 21th century

Vladimir Putin reelected as Preisdent of Russia after winning more than 75 percent of vote in Sunday's election, Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin nearest challenger

Macron upsets French left with policies for curbing illegal immigration, proposes harsher punishments and internment, points to Italy's Renzi losing election due to failure to deal with migration issues

Conor Lamb (D) proclaims victory over Rick Saccone (R) in Pennsylvania special election for House seat of Tim Murphy who resigned in October, Saccone has not admitted defeat and points to difference being only 579 votes and thousands of votes remain to count

Rex Tillerson fired by Donald Trump, replaced as secretary of state by current CIA chief Mike Pompeo, Gina Haspel becomes first female boss of CIA

Marine Le Pen suggests National Front change name to National Rally to avoid associations with antisemitism and racism, supported by slim majority of party members, political suicide according to Jean-Marie Le Pen who founded party in 1972

British government seeks to cut colorie consumption by 20% by 2024, urges food industry to start using healthier ingredients to tackle obesity, comes on top of sugar reduction programme

Former Italian PM Matteo Renzi resigns as leader of Democratic Party following defeat in Sunday's election

Donald Trump announces candidacy for 2020 reelection, names social media expert Brad Parscale as campaign manager, according to Drudge Report

German social democrat leader Martin Schulz resigns to save unpopular government coalition, intended successor Andrea Nahles challenged by Simone Lange, whoever of them wins become first woman to chair SPD

No law governs qualifications for becoming governor of Kansas, state seeks to impose limitations as six non-adults stand for election and official reports that non-human animals could file to become candidates

SPD leader Martin Schulz abandons plans to become foreign minister of Germany as risk of party members voting against proposed coalition government is estimated to be too high

Discontent among Christian Democrats in Germany after Angela Merkel gives important cabinet positions to Social Democrats in government negotiations, the two leading candidates to succeed Merkel, Jens Spahn and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, not in line to become ministers

Internal FBI communication indicates Obama wanted to know everything about Clinton investigation, contradicts his previous statements that he did not interfere in or talk to FBI about ongoing investigations

Arthur Jones only candidate in Republican primary for Illinois congressional seat, has previously led American Nazi Party and says Holocaust is extortion racket and biggest lie in history, others uninterested to stand for election since district is designed to guarantee Democratic victory

Political spotlight back on Kennedy Dynasty as Joe Kennedy III gives Democrat response to State of the Union, grandson of Robert Kennedy delivered part of speech in Spanish when expressing support for illegal immigrants, addressed opioid crisis while social media talked about moisture at side of his mouth

France plans to expose tax evaders, stated purpose is to enable tax cuts, necessary to shame those who refuse to finance the state, says PM Édouard Philippe

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni appreciates Donald Trump's statement about general quality of African countries, salutes American president's honesty and says that Africans need to solve their own problems

Macron asks UNESCO to protect baguettes as world treasure to protect traditional product from increasing weight of big supermarkets and convenience stores, links proposal to last year's successful bid by Neapolitan pizza makers

Brad Birzer: Robert Nisbet's definition of conservatism differs from that of Russell Kirk, argues that it is purely a modern ideology that began with Burke and reaction to French revolution rather than natural longing to preserve best of human thought

Barbara Boland: Bannon not political genius behind Trump, always denied by president and goes against historical rule that influential advisors are discreet and self-deprecating, Bannon skilled and narcissistic publicist who created mythology around self

War of words between Trump and Bannon after former advisor suggests Donald Jr acted treasonously and president replies Brietbart boss lost his mind when leaving White House

Berlusconi launches election campaign with promises of basic income of EUR 1,000, tax deductions and veterinary subsidies for pet owners, Forza Italia has 16% in recent polls in front of presumed election in March

Roy Moore (R) files lawsuit and claims there were voting irregularities when Doug Jones (D) narrowly won Alabama senate election, unverified reports that black voters were bussed in from other states to vote for Jones

Catalan secession parties get small majority in regional election, the Spanish state has been defeated says Puigdemont

25% of the Danish Folketing supports legislation to introduce mandatory offer of herbal food in public places

German intelligence service claims China has used fake LinkedIn profiles to gather information about officials and politicians in Germany, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang denies allegations

EU releases educational simulation game Taxlandia where player is supposed to help country in crisis by raising taxes, has cost EUR 90,000 to develop

Rand Paul assaulted by neighbor at his Kentucky home, was tackled from behind and suffered five broken ribs, no reports of political motive

Twitter admits to hiding 48% of #DNCLeak and 25% of #PodestaEmails tweets before 2016 presidential campaign

Ron Paul: Trump and Tillerson have taken neoconservative warmongering position with regard to Syria, could lead to total destruction of already badly damaged country

Billionaire Andrej Babiš' ANO biggest party in Czech election with 29.6% of vote, promised tax cuts, resisting EU and refugees, Social democrats get worst result since split of Czechoslovakia, Pirate party third biggest party

Massive tax breaks the best Christmas gift US can get, according to Trump speaking at conservative think tank Heritage Foundation's event - Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin announces that goal is to enforce promised changes before turn of year

Democratic Republic of Congo wins 151 out of 193 votes to join United Nations Human Rights Council for three-year term among 15 new countries – US, Britain and rights groups critical of election

William Hartung: Half of Pentagon's USD 600 billion budget goes to executives of crony capitalist companies and their lobbyists, false premise that military spending generates jobs for ordinary Americans

Pre-emptive strike on North Korea unsure solution since no one knows for sure where the targets are, says Vladimir Putin, urging dialogue

Yuriko Koike, governor of Tokyo, launches new national party and plans to field candidates all around the country to participate in the upcoming election to the lower house of the Diet, says she wishes to "reset Japan" and that the party is founded on what she calls permissive conservatism

Denmark's immigration and integration minister Inger Støjberg shares her iPad background showing Muhammad cartoon on Facebook, says it symbolizes country-building principle of freedom earlier generations created

Shinzo Abe to dissolve the lower house of the Diet and hold elections in the end of October, seeks mandate for new direction in national security and for another consumption tax hike

Sweden's foreign minister Margot Wallström awarded Agent of Change Award issued by UN Women for "leadership in promoting equality between the sexes and women’s rights through a feminist foreign policy"

WhatsApp rejects UK government request to install back door in messaging service, Theresa May at UN discussion asks technology companies to do more to help governments fight terrorism

Tony Blair calls for tougher immigration rules for EU citizens to reassert control, says times are different compared to 2004 and that intelligent politics takes account of such change

Venezuelan senior opposition figure Julio Borges meets with Emmanuel Macron in Paris to discuss crisis in South American country, will also meet Angela Merkel, Theresa May och Mariano Rajoy in coming days

Pope Francis urges states of the world to open their borders to migrants, says every stranger knocking on one's door is a chance to meet Jesus

Chief strategist Steve Bannon leaves White House immediately in "mutual agreement" with chief of staff John Kelly

MEP Sarah Champion resigns from Labour Party's Shadow Cabinet after criticism for an article in The Sun, wrote about Pakistani men who exploit and rape white girls

Republican party with 34 governors after West Virginia's Jim Justice switches parties, highest number it has controlled since early 1920s

Libertarian split after Jeff Deist speech mentioning "blood and soil" and encompassing cultural conservatism, Cato-affiliated Bates and Horwitz complain about Nazi dog-whistles

Denmark offers European Medicines Agency 20 years of rent-free housing in relocation bid, agency currently London-based

Anthony Scaramucci removed as White House communications director just over a week after his hiring, new chief of staff John Kelly requested the removing according to New York Times

European Court of Justice maintains Hamas' classification as a terrorist organization, removes Sri Lanka separatist movement Tamil Tigers

Germany’s Social Democratic leader Martin Schulz warns of new wave of uncontrolled immigration, accuses Merkel of ignoring issue as she aims to secure fourth term in September election

Democrats start using encrypted messaging app Wickr after last year's leak, hire ex-Uber Engineer Raffi Krikorian as its chief technology officer

Glenn Greenwald: New lobby group "Alliance for Securing Democracy" unites mainstream Democratic foreign policy officials and world’s most militaristic neocons, will re-shape U.S. foreign policy toward a more hostile, belligerent and hawkish posture toward in particular Russia

Arthur Gordian: The right should take inspiration from class analysis of Marx, US conservatism doomed after fall of communism dissolved meta-class which constituted its base

Google may get additional fines as European Commission investigates whether Android breaks EU competition regulations, has previously been fined in case related to search engine

Tom Slater: Emmanuel Macron increasingly autocratic, uses trappings of old monarchy to argue for limiting power of parliament, co-workers fuel personality cult with comparison to Roman god Jupiter

Crowds gathered by bus for Trump speech in Warsaw, Law and Justice party calls event "great patriotic picnic"

South Korea president Moon Jae-in says qualifications should come first when hiring, pictures and health questions may be banned

Foundation for Responsible Robotics seeks ban on UK imports of sex robots in likeness of children, time for market to be regulated according to Professor Noel Sharkey

Bill Gates warns EU about consequences of Africa population boom on migration, says it should become harder to reach Europe, foreign aid to African countries should be increased

UK transport minister John Hayes refuses to interact with MPs who do not wear ties, protest against speaker allowing looser dress code in House of Commons

White House salary budget USD 5.1 million lower under Trump than under Obama, driven in part by president's refusal to accept salary, fewer policy analysts and smaller staff for first lady

UN and WHO call for drug decriminalization to counter negative health outcomes caused by punitive laws, member states remain opposed

Last employees leave science division of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy, had nine employees under Obama

Koch brothers reportedly more sympathetic toward Trump, previously kept distance from president's immigration policies

French government to ban new hydrocarbon prospecting licenses as part of environmental strategy

Tom Bailey: Disruption of play with Trump as Caesar shows US right-wing has adopted mentality of left, same tactic as when leftists stop speakers on university campuses

Previously world-leading HIV program collapses as Venezuela government lack funds for medicine, caused by politics of Hugo Chavez according to Stephanie Nolen

Indian opposition names political veteran and dalit Meira Kumar as presidential candidate, challenges ruling BJP candidate Ram Nath Kovind who is also dalit

Serbian president appoints Ana Brnabić to form government, becomes world's fifth openly gay head of government if approved

Gad Saad interviews Swedish MP Hanif Bali, talks about immigration and the consequences of political correctness

Emmanuel Macron's party La République en marche wins alongside its allies majority of seats in France's National Assembly, estimated voter turnout of 42% a record low

Jacob Shapiro: Secession referenda in Catalonia and Iraqi Kurdistan share similar situations and historic relations to the state they belong to, primary difference is the latter's will to die for their independence

Title character Julius Caesar in Shakespeare's play portrayed by man similar-looking to Trump in version performed in Central Park, New York – wife Calpurnia resembles Melania and speaks with Slavic accent

Italy's four major parties agree on new 5% vote threshold for parliament representation, minor parties oppose the law expected to be passed early July

UK Prime Minister Theresa May open to tax social media, intended to increase computer security and make Internet safer for children and young people

Matthew Reece: Misunderstanding among neoreactionaries that libertarians oppose authority, only wish that authority is concentrated to distinct private owners

The Z Man: French revolution was no popular uprising against monarchy but elite project orchestrated by degenerate aristocrats with striking similarities to today's political elite in US — repression could be as bloody as in Vendée if their power is opposed

Ilya Somin: People tend to oppose welfare if they believe it goes to other ethnic groups, libertarians supporting immigration a win-win

Moon Jae-in from Democratic Party of Korea wins election, becomes new president of South Korea in landslide, has campaigned on reforms to root out corruption which has attracted voters to newly established party

Christopher Cantwell: I used to tolerate libertarians fighting for feminism and homosexuality, I now instead tolerate national socialism in overarching struggle for survival of white race – libertarianism is essentially white man values

Brigitte Bardot urges French people to vote for Le Pen to protect animals, says Emmanuel Macron's cold steel eyes shows lack of empathy with suffering animals

Whiteboard used by Steve Bannon for planning revealed in photograph published on Twitter, among other things mentions policies to curb immigration which has not been discussed publicly

Increasing number of EPP members want to expel Viktor Orban and Fidesz party