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People listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Washington DC (Image: AP/Evan Vucci)

America’s fever dream is over but came close to lasting another four years

It will take months, years to untangle the ramifications of Trump's four years in power. And to think there could have been four more.

Roger Stone speaks at a rally of Trump supporters on January 5, 2021 (Image: EPA/Michael Reynolds)

Trump and his co-conspirators capitalise on a gullible, angry America

Hearing is believing for millions of Americans whose faith in the US president and his sidekicks remains unshaken even though he's down and out.

Josh Frydenberg steps up to save a shaky Kevin Andrews from preselection defeat

The federal treasurer has opted to support Australia's longest-serving MP. But is that a wise move for the aspiring PM?

Why Morrison will go back to the future to solve issue of Aussies stranded overseas

The Morrison government is working on a solution to repatriating Australians stuck overseas. But why is it taking so long?

Yancoal speaks with forked tongue — and strangled syntax — on effects of China ban

A leading Australian coal exporter talks pretty to its Chinese bosses. Direct and honest? Not so much.

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Troy Birthisel (Image: Supplied)

This Australian has spent seven years in a foreign jail without trial. Why?

Troy Russell Birthisel is innocent until proven otherwise. But when will he get the chance to prove his innocence in a Philippine court?

Donald Trump at a rally on January 6, 2021 (Image: AP/Jacquelyn Martin)

Distraction and trolling: Australia’s right and its freedom of speech diversion

Lip service to the 'freedom of speech' crusade has morphed into a declaration of loyalty (or of submission) to the right.

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Should the government be liable for Craig Kelly’s dangerous misinformation?

Craig Kelly has morphed regressively into a Pete Evans-level conspiracy theorist. Will Scott Morrison grow a spine and call him out?

Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi (Images: AP)

Media economics: why we give too much attention to US politics

As Australian readers increasingly turn their focus towards international news, we are at risk of losing sight of issues closer to home.

Australian Olympic swimmer Cate Campbell (Image: AP/Lee Jin-man)

The COVID Games: should the Tokyo Olympics go ahead? 

Athletes and officials are pushing for them to happen. But with cases surging and thousands set to attend, the people of Tokyo aren't so sure.

Men's tennis champ Novak Djokovic (Image: John Walton/PA Wire)

Can Melbourne have its Open? It’s a matter of risk management

Tournament organisers are adamant things will go ahead. But should it?

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Norway’s ‘surprising’ Pfizer vaccine deaths put authorities on alert

Australia is 'proceeding with an abundance of caution' following the deaths of COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine recipients in Norway.

Minister for Resources Keith Pitt and a Woodside Energy development (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch; Woodside Energy)

Woodside leads the pack in fossil fuel political donation spree

A massive cash splash from Woodside Energy has coincided with a run of favourable decisions and pledges from the government.

Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Sports rorts to Cartier: the scandal reports Morrison doesn’t want to release

The Morrison government is back to its favourite activity — sitting on reports and refusing to show even a thread of accountability.

Kerry Stokes, Solomon Lew and Alan Joyce (Images: AAP)

How to recover billions in JobKeeper overpayments: name every recipient

With growing anecdotal evidence of rorting, it's way past time companies were forced to disclose how much public money they've received.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Trump-inspired chaos is a boon for another authoritarian president

China will be certain to take advantage of the divide in the US and any domestic conflict that comes from it.

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#IPlayWithDan: why the Open call is on the right side of the line

There are plenty of reasons to be critical of Andrews, but you have to support a good call when you see one.

Donald Trump supporters in New York (Image: PA)

How the ladder of persuasion works — from acceptance to impeachment

It's taken years to draw Donald Trump's supporters into their dangerous obsessions. Is it too late to turn back?

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Australian journalism — and thus democracy — is in real trouble, media inquiry told

Government secrecy, largely white newsrooms and the loss of regional and national publishers are being pointed to as major threats to media diversity.

Senator Rex Patrick (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Small and regional publishers press for a say on Facebook, Google code

As executives prepare for Friday's Senate committee hearing into the news bargaining code, small and regional publishers are still working on getting a seat at the table.

Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson (Image: Supplied)

James Murdoch unloads again, but Fox News is too profitable to change

Will Fox News tone itself down in the post-Trump era? A look at its profit history suggests James Murdoch is dreaming if he thinks it can.