The story that highlights an ugly American tribalism

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There've been a lot of sex stories recently. Or rather a lot of sexual harassment stories. Not surprisingly they are all quite grubby and they tend to show the worst in human nature.

Take the news in Alabama this week - it's a textbook case. An older guy in a powerful position is accused by women of molesting them when they were teenagers. One of the women says she was only 14.

Roy Moore is now 70 years old and running to be the next US senator for the state of Alabama. Some polls suggest he could win.

There is also a report in the New Yorker magazine that Mr Moore was banned from visiting a local shopping mall because of his tendency to badger teenage girls there. It takes quite a bit to be banned from a shopping mall.

There have now been a slew of these types of stories. I sincerely hope they do change our culture, especially for all the women who work in industries where the men aren't famous and so are less likely to be outed, and for the women who are so financially dependent on their jobs that they can't afford to turn down their lecherous bosses.

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Creating a safe workplace for women in the post-MeToo era

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Every woman dreams of a workplace where her boss doesn't suggest they grab a drink after work, where there isn't that colleague you'd just rather not get stuck in the office with alone and where your job prospects don't depend, however subtly, on whether you put up with lascivious comments from a man who has power over you.

That dream today looks tantalisingly close and many of us are daring to hope the current rash of sexual harassment stories will help us get there. We've been through moments like this before and been disappointed - maybe not this time.

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Can Democrats win in the age of Trump?

The race for governor in Virginia will be a test for Trumpism, and will point to where the Democrats go next.

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Hillary Clinton 'did make history'

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Hillary Clinton's long-time adviser Philippe Reines discusses the defeated candidate's new book about the 2016 election, with the BBC's Beyond 100 Days programme. He said the claim that Mrs Clinton had failed to make history was untrue.

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Going Beyond 100 Days - the world is watching

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Summer. What summer? Clearly team Trump does not respect the sacred holiday season.

Which is exactly why we've come to the conclusion that we have no choice but to re-launch our daily news programme with the new title Beyond 100 Days.

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Why Trump's supporters will never abandon him

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There's been some speculation recently that Donald Trump's luck is finally running out and his support among Republicans is about to collapse. I don't buy it.

There is almost no indication in a slew of post-Charlottesville polls that President Trump's supporters are on the verge of abandoning him.

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Charlottesville violence: America - diminished and dismissed

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I've just returned to Washington after a few weeks in Europe. In 20 years of living in the US, I've never returned to a country so dispirited, nor so dismissed.

I include in that the anti-Americanism that surrounded the invasion of Iraq and the trauma of the financial crash.

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Trump-Brzezinski row: Why facelift-gate matters

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It is tempting to dismiss the row between Donald Trump, President of the United States, and Mika Brzezinski, host of a US TV show, as a vaguely self-referential media story that most Americans care little about.

Tempting, but wrong.

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Is Trump's thin skin getting in the way of his presidency?

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What if the Comey firing is nothing to do with the Russia probe or the Clinton email server but is actually just a result of the president's thin-skinned character?

And would that be more or less alarming than Comey being fired in order to impede the Russia investigation, which is the case Democrats are making this week?

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Comey fired: Will Trump embolden autocrats?

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Autocrats are watching what's happening in Washington

I spent the evening after FBI Director James Comey's firing with a group of women from developing countries who work to ease conflicts. Their take on what had just happened here was salutary, and a reminder that the global impact of what happens in Washington should not be underestimated.

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