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Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen labels Trump ‘racist, conman, cheat’ in Congress testimony

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen labels Trump ‘racist, conman, cheat’ in Congress testimony

Good morning, early birds. Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen has used his time testifying to congress to make far-reaching allegations against the President, and George Pell spends his first night behind bars after his bail application is withdrawn. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

US midterms confirm America is deeply (and dangerously) divided

US midterms confirm America is deeply (and dangerously) divided

Though the Democrats seized the House, the results suggest Donald Trump's populist movement retains much of its potency.

Democratic Party bastardises the language of true rebellion, the young call bullshit

Democratic Party bastardises the language of true rebellion, the young call bullshit

The Democrats' cack-handed photoshopping of a socialist poster tells us all we need to know about this putatively "progressive" party.

Turnbull’s Trans Pacific Protectionism in the Big Apple

Turnbull’s Trans Pacific Protectionism in the Big Apple

Malcolm Turnbull is trying to breathe life into the universally despised Trans Pacific Partnership while turning his back on free trade locally.

Rundle: Boehner killer — on the fall of the US speaker, and resulting chaos

Rundle: Boehner killer — on the fall of the US speaker, and resulting chaos

A crisis is brewing in the US with the resignation of John Boehner, the imposing, burnished, lachrymose leader since 2011.

Cross-party Avengers tackle the mysterious TPP and future of the Pacific Rim

Cross-party Avengers tackle the mysterious TPP and future of the Pacific Rim

A group of three cross-party MPs has been taking the slated Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement to task, writes Matthew Rimmer, Associate Professor at the ANU College of Law.

Rundle: Obama has no hope of achieving his agenda, so why is he smiling?

Rundle: Obama has no hope of achieving his agenda, so why is he smiling?

President Barack Obama was in his element at the annual State of the Union address, despite knowing that almost none of his legislative agenda will pass a recalcitrant Congress.

Rundle: Obama’s amnesty to illegal immigrants brings millions out of the shadows

Rundle: Obama’s amnesty to illegal immigrants brings millions out of the shadows

The real and symbolic importance of Obama's promise to provide amnesty to illegal immigrants cannot be overstated.

Poll Bludger: in the US midterms, can Obama do a Clinton?

Poll Bludger: in the US midterms, can Obama do a Clinton?

With the Republicans set to retain control of Congress after Tuesday's US midterm elections, the Democrats will be hoping Obama can channel Bill Clinton, the only second-term president to retain a strong showing for his party in the Senate.

Yanks could draft legislation for Australian Parliament under TPP

Yanks could draft legislation for Australian Parliament under TPP

Even if the Trans Pacific Partnership is finalised, the US government will insist on dictating to other countries how it should be interpreted -- and even changing it if it suits Congress.