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What is ‘Appropriate’ Work Dress? Readers Respond

Men in the National Assembly in France, like the House of Commons in Britain, no longer have to wear ties. But dress code debates continue.

UK government says parliament to debate EU repeal bill on September 7

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will hold its first full parliamentary debate on Sept. 7 on legislation which will sever the country's ties with the European Union, the leader of the lower House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, said on Thursd...

How to replace a US Senator who leaves or dies in office

The Constitution of Great Britain, which was famously not a thing, defined three entities of what Americans would call government, one elected by the common people, the King or Queen, and in between, the House of Lords, inherited and fancy like the Monarch, but many, and representing the wealth and power of the people. In…

Non-life-threatening injuries and the scandal of shooting children…

I couldn’t sleep last Thursday night. I live in West Belfast and there was a helicopter hovering right above our house. The noise always reminds me of older times when military helicopters were so common that we almost didn’t hear them anymore. Yes, times have changed…. Except, it seems that I was not the only more...

The only analyst who called the June 8 election correctly now says there is 'clear evidence that the Brexit vote has been bad for the economy'

LONDON — The opinion polls could not have easier to interpret: Theresa May was going to win the June 8 general election. The Conservatives would increase their majority in the House of Commons by up to 100 seats. And Jeremy Corbyn would...Show More Summary

Movie Review: Captivating and cruel, Lady Macbeth dissects power and privilege in all its forms

On the surface, Katherine (Florence Pugh), the young wife slowly being suffocated by her airless existence inside a country manor house in 1860s England, would seem to have little in common with the villainess of Shakespeare’s classic play. Show More Summary

House dust spurs growth of fat cells in lab tests

Poor diet and a lack of physical activity are major contributors to the world's obesity epidemic, but researchers have also identified common environmental pollutants that could play a role. Now one team reports that small amounts of house dust containing many of these compounds can spur fat cells to accumulate more triglycerides, or fat, in a lab dish.

The 6 MPs who could be the next chair of the Treasury Select Committee — one of the most important jobs in parliament

LONDON —Members of parliament will vote to elect new chairs for the various committees that sit in the House of Commons on Wednesday. The committees, which cover everything from transport to human rights, are tasked with scrutinising both the government and senior figures from the industries the committees focus on. Show More Summary

Fixing the common mistakes most beginner cooks make

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

My daughter likes to joke that, in our house, if the smoke alarm is going off mom (me) is trying to cook. Guilty as charged! I'm a great baker but a terrible cook. So, when I saw the title of this Brothers Green Eats video, "15 Mistakes Most Beginner Cooks Make," I stopped in my tracks and watched it. Show More Summary

THE MYSTERY OF MELANIA: The first foreign-born supermodel to occupy the White House has much in comm…

THE MYSTERY OF MELANIA: The first foreign-born supermodel to occupy the White House has much in common with Europe’s first supermodel, Emma Hamilton. Tracy Quan: Emma’s fame is due, in part, to a seven-year relationship with admiral Horatio Nelson, who died after winning the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. But Emma was already a celebrity […]

What to expect when the Repeal Bill lands in the Commons next week

The Government is next week expected to table its (no-longer ‘Great’) Repeal Bill in the House of Commons. First Reading takes place without debate, so any parliamentary fireworks will be delayed until the autumn and after the recess, when the Bill is likely to return for Second Reading and Committee stage. Show More Summary

A New Approach to “American Affairs” in 1767

On 6 July 1767, 250 years ago today, the Boston Post-Boy printed important news from London. A letter dated 11 May described the new policy of Britain’s finance minister, Charles Townshend:A few Days before the House of Commons adjourned for the Easter Holidays, the Ch[ancello]r of the Ex[cheque]r opened his budget, with very great Applause, even Mr. Show More Summary

Here's what it would take for Theresa May's majority to collapse

Last week Theresa May reached an agreement with the Democratic Unionist Party that gives the Conservatives minority government a working majority in the House of Commons on 13 MPs. May and DUP leader Arlene Foster agreed a "confidence...Show More Summary

Attempt to Inflict P.C. Revision on Canadian National Anthem Fails

Finally, some good news out of Justin Trudeau’s Canada: The House of Commons overwhelmingly passed a private member’s bill last summer that would alter the national anthem by replacing “in

Conservative pressure is increasing to allow NI abortions in England as a result of the deal with the DUP

3 weeks agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

The DUP deal with the Conservatives has elevated the refusal to allow Northern Ireland women free abortions in England under the NHS into a real issue in the House of Commons. And if Ian Paisley junior can be said to speak for his party (which is not always the case) the DUP may not oppose more...

Everything you need to know about whether MPs will vote down the Queen's Speech

LONDON — Theresa May will today face a major test of her fragile parliamentary authority when MPs in the House of Commons vote on whether to pass the Queen's Speech. Prime Minister May announced the details of her legislative programme...Show More Summary

Struggling British PM faces confidence vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May's government faces a vote of confidence on Thursday, three weeks after a disastrous election left her authority in tatters and her Brexit strategy in doubt. Members of the House of Commons will vote...Show More Summary

The common insecticide poisoning our rivers and wetlands

Urban streams and wetlands play an important role in the proper functioning of our cities. They protect our houses from floods, provide green spaces for recreation, trap and breakdown pollutants and provide valuable habitats for many native plants, insects, reptiles, amphibians and birds.

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