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Total solar eclipse: When is it, where is it happening and how to watch in the UKWhat's happening? On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will witness an eclipse of the sun for the first time in 99 years, where the Moon will pass in front of the Sun casting darkness across swathes of the Earth's surface. Dubbed the Great American Eclipse, the moment will see the Sun, the Moon and the Earth become perfectly aligned in a once-in-a-lifetime celestial spectacle seen from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. Although we won't see a perfect alignment in the UK, we will be able to see a partial eclipse (where the moon covers only a part of the sun). 10 amazing places in America to watch the 2017 solar eclipse Who will see it? Everyone in North America, parts of South America, Africa and Europe - including the UK - will see at least a partial solar eclipse, where the moon covers only a part of the sun. However, 14 states across the United States will experience a total solar eclipse with more than two minutes of darkness descending in the middle of the day over the course of 100 minutes. More than 12 million Americans live inside the path of totality and more than half of the nation live within 400 miles of it. Millions more are expected to travel to cities along the path to witness the phenomenon.  Where and when to see the eclipse What causes an eclipse? The diameter of the Sun is 400 times that of the Moon but it lies 400 times further away - which means if you are in exactly the right alignment on the surface of the Earth at the right time, you will see the two celestial bodies overlap exactly. What creates a total solar eclipse Where can I see the eclipse in the UK? Sadly Brits won't get a total eclipse like our friends across the pond, but we will be treated to a slight partial eclipse which will still be worth watching.  It will be visible in parts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from around 19:35 on August 21 - but make sure you're in a spot where there's no cloud.  UK eclipse circumstances for August 21 2017 What areas will see total blackout? Anyone within the path of totality will see the sky become dark for several minutes as the moon completely covers the sun. The path is relatively thin, around 70 miles wide, and stretches from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. It will first be seen at Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 PDT, with totality beginning at 10:16 PDT. Over the next 90 minutes, it will cross through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and end near Charleston, South Carolina at 14:28 EDT. The lunar shadow will leave the US at 04:09 EDT. Its longest duration will be near Carbondale, Illinois, where the sun will be completely covered for two minutes and 40 seconds. What time can I see the total eclipse? Here are the mid-eclipse times for some of the major towns and cities along the path of totality, according to Nasa. All times are local.  Where to see it | The Great American solar eclipse Will there be a live stream? Yes - Nasa will host an Eclipse Megacast for four hours during the eclipse which will be picked up by local, national and international TV stations. You can also follow all the action via the Telegraph. How can I see it safely? Never look directly at the Sun, even through sunglasses or dark material such as a bin liner or photographic negative. Makeshift filters may not screen out the harmful infrared radiation that can burn the retina of the eye risking permanent eye damage and blindness. Also, viewers must never use binoculars or a telescope. Wear special eclipse viewing glasses - not ordinary sunglasses - or construct a simple pinhole camera which projects an image of the Sun onto a blank piece of paper. Solar eclipse: how to watch the eclipse safely When will Britain next see a solar eclipse? There was a pretty spectacular eclipse in Britain in March 2015, but the last total eclipse in the UK was in August 1999. You might be waiting a while for the next decent one too - it won't take place until August 12, 2026. On that date up to 95 per cent of the Sun will be obscured. Britain will not see a total solar eclipse until September 23, 2090. How we watched the 1999 solar eclipse - in 90 seconds 01:42 Total solar eclipses in history Eclipses have both fascinated and terrified civilisations for centuries. When King Henry I of England, the son of William the Conqueror, died in 1133, his death happened to coincide with a total solar eclipse plummeting the nation into darkness for four minutes and 38 seconds. Historian William of Malmesbury wrote in 1140 that "the darkness was so great that people at first thought the world was ending."


Posted: August 20, 2017, 4:26 pm

Falwell Jr. defends Trump's response to Charlottesville“He doesn’t say what’s politically correct — he says what’s in his heart,” Falwell said. “He does not have a racist bone in his body. I know him well.”


Posted: August 20, 2017, 3:56 pm

Saudi says Qatar blocks planes from transporting pilgrimsSaudi Arabia on Sunday said Qatar had refused to allow its planes to land in Doha to transport Qatari Muslims to Mecca for the annual hajj pilgrimage. "Saudi Arabian Airlines director general Saleh al-Jasser has said that the airline has thus far been unable to schedule flights to transport Qatari pilgrims from Hamad International Airport in Doha," read a report on the SPA news agency. "Qatari authorities have not allowed the aircraft to land as it did not have the right paperwork, although the paperwork was filed days ago," SPA said.


Posted: August 20, 2017, 3:46 pm

Flying dogs caught in actionThese excited pooches are flying without wings in this series of hilarious images. Taken in July by photographer Peter Mueller, Each photo shows the canines’ exuberant facial expressions, as they appear to be leaping through the air.


Posted: August 20, 2017, 3:30 pm

Iraq launches battle for Tal Afar, IS bastion near MosulIraqi forces on Sunday pounded the Islamic State group in Tal Afar, one of its last bastions in the country, in a new assault just weeks after ousting IS from second city Mosul. Once a key IS supply hub between Mosul -- around 70 kilometres (45 miles) further east -- and the Syrian border, Tal Afar is the last major population centre in northern Iraq under jihadist control. Weeks after recapturing Mosul in a major blow to the jihadists, convoys of Iraqi forces around Tal Afar began pounding IS positions from three sides at dawn Sunday.


Posted: August 20, 2017, 2:24 pm

Syria's Assad says Western plots against him foiled but war not yet wonBy Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday his country had foiled Western designs to topple him but his army had not yet won the fight to end Syria's six-year-old insurgency. In an televised address, Assad said that even though there were signs of victory after six-and-a-half years of civil war, the "battle continues, and where we go later and it becomes possible to talk about victory...that's a different matter". "Their direct support - politically, economically and militarily - has made possible bigger advances on the battlefield and reduced the losses and burdens of war," Assad added.


Posted: August 20, 2017, 2:09 pm

As cities rush to remove Confederate symbols after Charlottesville activists in Hollywood, Florida fear violenceIn a small city in south Florida, a relatively quiet effort to simply remove street signs bearing Confederate names has felt the reverberations caused by the bloody events in Charlottesville last weekend - and it has activists worried. Just fifty miles south of the President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, activists and community leaders in Hollywood, Florida say that they’re finally on the brink of victory in their years-long effort to rename three streets that bear the names of Confederate generals - just as many other communities across the country are considering their own Confederate monuments. Activists say a previous protest over renaming the signs attracted a lot of faces they now are seeing pop up in pictures from the Virginia white supremacy rally.


Posted: August 20, 2017, 2:05 pm

The Latest: South Africa grants immunity to Zim first ladyHARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Grace Mugabe returning to Zimbabwe (all times local):


Posted: August 20, 2017, 1:20 pm

Echo is under $100 for back to school (and 7 other unmissable Amazon device deals)

The bad thing about back to school shopping is when everything is said and done, you have to... you know... go back to school. But the good thing is that you can save a ton of cash on much more than just back to school supplies, and Amazon just kicked off a huge sale that perfectly illustrates our point. Beginning today and running through August 26 for Kindle devices or September 4 for Echo devices, Amazon is shaving as much as $90 off its most popular devices and bundles.

There are 14 different SKUs that get discounts in this big sale, but we've picked out the best of the bunch for you in this post. Highlights include $20 off the Fire HD 8 tablet, $20 off the Kindle, $20 off the Kindle Paperwhite, $5 off an Echo Dot, $30 off the Tap, and a whopping $80 off the Amazon Echo, dropping the price all the way down to $99.99. Check out all the best deals below, and grab them while you still can.


Posted: August 20, 2017, 12:57 pm

Philippine churches to ring bells to protest drug killingsMANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine Catholic leader said Sunday that church bells would be rung every night for three months across his northern district to raise alarm over a sharp spike in police killings of drug suspects, adding to a growing outcry over President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody crackdown.


Posted: August 20, 2017, 12:50 pm

SeaWorld: Former trainer says deaths of three killer whales a 'disgrace to humanity'A former killer whale trainer at SeaWorld has spoken out about conditions at the attraction, after the deaths of three orcas there this year. Last week, Kasatka became the third killer whale at the Californian theme park to die. The orca was 41 years old, making her the oldest killer whale at SeaWorld in San Diego.


Posted: August 20, 2017, 11:46 am

Iran parliament clears oil, foreign ministers for Rouhani's new cabinetBy Babak Dehghanpisheh BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Iranian parliament voted on Sunday to keep the oil and foreign ministers, two of pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani's key members of cabinet, in their posts. Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh has been credited with the boost in Iran's crude output since many global sanctions were lifted last year and with a multi-billion-dollar deal with France's Total to develop South Pars, the world's largest gas field. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was Iran's lead negotiator in the landmark 2015 agreement in which Western powers agreed to rescind sanctions on the Islamic Republic in exchange for curbs on its disputed nuclear program.


Posted: August 20, 2017, 10:21 am

When Is the Next Total Solar Eclipse in the U.S.?Here's when the next eclipse will be after Aug. 21, 2017


Posted: August 20, 2017, 10:00 am

From age 3 to 80, Barcelona victims represent a wide worldPARIS (AP) — An Italian father who saved his children's lives but lost his own. An American celebrating his first wedding anniversary. A Portuguese woman celebrating her birthday with her granddaughter.


Posted: August 19, 2017, 10:47 pm

Evacuation orders affect hundreds in California, OregonSISTERS, Ore. (AP) — Evacuation orders affecting hundreds of people were issued in California and Oregon as wildfires neared small towns, including one that's a prime location for viewing the eclipse.


Posted: August 19, 2017, 10:16 pm

Lost WWII USS Indianapolis Wreckage Finally UncoveredIt was 18,000 feet under the water's surface.


Posted: August 19, 2017, 8:59 pm

Confirmed! VW Electric Microbus Coming in 2022It's finally happening. We can't believe it either.


Posted: August 19, 2017, 7:38 pm

Israel's Netanyahu to discuss Middle East with Putin: statementIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will discuss the Middle East with Russian President Vladimir Putin when they meet in the Russian resort of Sochi next week, his office said on Saturday. Israel is concerned Iran is trying to establish a permanent military foothold in Syria. Netanyahu said in a speech last week that Israel was watching developments and would act against any threat.


Posted: August 19, 2017, 7:32 pm

Muslims fear anti-Islam backlash in tolerant BarcelonaPrayer time is approaching but Raja Miah, an imam at a tiny mosque in the heart of Barcelona does not expect a big turnout. Since the twin attacks in Barcelona and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils claimed by the Islamic State group, the Muslim community in central Barcelona's neighbourhood of Raval fears an anti-Islam backlash. "People are very scared," said Miah, 23, as he sat in a small room at the mosque in Raval as a small group of children in an adjoining room studied the Koran.


Posted: August 19, 2017, 7:29 pm

Donald Trump seeks to placate Steve Bannon as fired strategist says ‘that presidency is over’Donald Trump appears to be trying to placate Steve Bannon, the strategist whom he fired and who subsequently claimed that the “presidency is over”. Hours after Mr Trump sacked Mr Bannon, the right wing populist returned to his former position as the head of the pro-white nationalist Breitbart News. “The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over,” Mr Bannon told the Weekly Standard.


Posted: August 19, 2017, 7:17 pm

Palestinian in West Bank attack bid killed: Israel policeA Palestinian teenager who tried to attack an Israeli border guard in the occupied West Bank with a knife on Saturday was shot dead, an Israeli police spokeswoman said. The Palestinian health ministry identified the teenager as Qoteiba Yussef Zahran from the Tulkarm region in the northern West Bank. The Israeli spokeswoman said one of the border guards suffered a slight leg injury during the incident, but did not say clearly if he had been stabbed by the Palestinian.


Posted: August 19, 2017, 6:06 pm

Man Caught Smuggling 13 Pounds of Meth Into US Via DroneDrones generally haven't appealed to smugglers because their noise attracts attention.


Posted: August 19, 2017, 5:44 pm

Father jumps car over open drawbridge in terrifying stunt to save familyA father drove his car over an opening drawbridge in a death-defying stunt to avoid plunging into the water below. Terence Naphys was crossing New Jersey's Middle Thorofare Bridge with his family when its steel ramp began to lift beneath them. Mr Naphys was reportedly already near the centre of the bridge and was forced to accelerate his Toyota RAV 4 to jump the 6ft gap out of fear the car would fall 65ft into the deep bay below.


Posted: August 19, 2017, 4:19 pm

6 Officers Shot in Florida and Pennsylvania, 2 Killed and 4 WoundedThree police departments are reeling from a violent night that has left two officers dead.


Posted: August 19, 2017, 3:39 pm

Serena Williams' Fiancé Is A Little Shocked By Her Pregnancy CravingsHe knew there would be cravings, but not quite like this.


Posted: August 19, 2017, 3:38 pm

Bangladesh sends back Rohingya boat carrying injuredBangladesh coastguards Saturday turned back a boat carrying 31 Rohingya Muslim refugees escaping renewed army activity in their neighbouring Myanmar homeland, an official said. The push-back came after at least 500 Rohingya fled their villages in Myanmar's Rakhine state, crossing the border to take shelter in refugee camps and hills in Bangladesh's southeastern Cox's Bazar district. A coastguard patrol boat found the boat on the Naf river, which acts as a border between Bangladesh and Myanmar, as it tried to enter Cox's Bazar early in the morning.


Posted: August 19, 2017, 2:49 pm

Charlottesville: Student who attended neo-Nazi rally forced to leave university after backlashA student who took part in the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville has said he is leaving Boston University because of the violent threats he has received since the event. “It’s becoming very dangerous,” Nicholas Fuentes told the Boston Globe. “Massachusetts, and Boston in particular, are among the most left-wing states and cities,” he said.


Posted: August 19, 2017, 2:43 pm

Neighbor, 24, Arrested After 3 Young Girls Found Murdered in HomeHe turned 25 the day after the alleged murders.


Posted: August 19, 2017, 2:19 pm

Nearly 600 dead in S. Asia floodsNearly 600 people have died and millions have been affected by monsoon floods in South Asia, officials said Saturday, as relief and rescue operations continued. Indian authorities sought military help in two districts of northern Uttar Pradesh state after fresh heavy rains left hundreds of villages marooned. "We have sought army's help to reach out to the affected people," T P Gupta, a senior official from the state's disaster management authority, told AFP.


Posted: August 19, 2017, 11:52 am

Two dead, six injured in Finland stabbing spreePolice shot and wounded a suspect after a stabbing spree in which a man killed two people and wounded six others in the Finnish city of Turku. Within hours of the attack on Friday the force had announced increased police patrols across the country. Two dead and six injured," Turku police tweeted after the assault in a market square.


Posted: August 19, 2017, 3:39 am

Violence erupts between white nationalists, counterprotestors in Charlottesville: Part 5White nationalists had gathered in the Virginia city to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.


Posted: August 19, 2017, 3:21 am

Charlottesville exposes new threat for college campusesBOSTON (AP) — On college campuses, white supremacists and other far-right extremist groups see fertile ground to spread their messages and recruit followers. But for many colleges, last weekend's deadly attack at a rally near the University of Virginia exposed a new threat.


Posted: August 19, 2017, 2:47 am

Expert: Arkansas may have reliable source of execution drugLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A death penalty expert says Arkansas' recent purchase of a lethal injection drug — in a small amount and at a cheap price — suggests the state has found a reliable supplier to help it move 30 inmates from death row to the execution chamber.


Posted: August 19, 2017, 1:03 am

Judge rejects bid by Polanski's 1977 rape victim to end caseA Los Angeles judge on Friday rejected a request by the woman who was raped by director Roman Polanski 40 years ago to have the criminal case against him dismissed. The ruling follows the first appearance in June in the case by Samantha Geimer, who was 13 years old when Polanski sexually assaulted her in Los Angeles in 1977.


Posted: August 18, 2017, 11:18 pm

No Human Remains Found In Search For Natalee Holloway: ProsecutorDave Holloway, father of missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway, said on national television this week that he found human bones in Aruba, where his daughter vanished a dozen years ago, and submitted them for DNA testing.


Posted: August 18, 2017, 9:58 pm

2-Week-Old Orphaned Piglet Comforts Kitten Friend as She Suffers SeizureSriracha the kitten was diagnosed with a neurological disorder called cerebellar hypoplasia and suffers from seizures.


Posted: August 18, 2017, 9:38 pm

What's a total solar eclipse and why this one is so unusualCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Total solar eclipses occur every year or two or three, often in the middle of nowhere like the South Pacific or Antarctic. What makes Monday's eclipse so special is that it will cut diagonally across the entire United States.


Posted: August 18, 2017, 9:04 pm

Chicago activist loses US citizenship, will be deportedAn activist known for helping Arab women in the Chicago area lost her U.S. citizenship Thursday and will be deported for failing to disclose convictions for bombings in Jerusalem decades ago.


Posted: August 18, 2017, 9:01 pm

Boy With Heart Transplant Collapses and Dies on His First Day of School13-year-old Peyton West's family thought he would be healthy after he got his transplant in March.


Posted: August 18, 2017, 8:16 pm

A Trump pardon of Joe Arpaio would break Justice Department guidelinesBut the pardon, if Trump decides to issue it, would be highly unorthodox and break with the Justice Department’s guidelines for clemency, according to legal experts.


Posted: August 18, 2017, 7:56 pm

How to watch the eclipse without eclipse glassesWith the solar eclipse just days away, everyone is trying to get their hands on a last-minute pair of eclipse glasses. But what if you don't have $250 to spend on a pair because you spent too much money on pizza the night before? In a new video, Pizza Hut demonstrates how to use last night's pizza box to make your own  eclipse viewer, so you can enjoy the event without burning your eyes. All you need is a cardboard pizza box, foil, scissors, pen, tape and a sheet of white paper — all which would probably cost you less than 20 bucks. According to Business Insider, the finished product becomes a pinhole camera, which harnesses a property of light called diffraction to bend and magnify light. In this case, that's the sun as it eclipses. It won't allow you to look directly at the eclipse, but it's definitely better than hurting your eyes trying to look at the event without glasses. Sorry Pizza Hut, you could do this with any pizza box/cardboard, but kudos for trying to keep people from burning their eyes out. 


Posted: August 18, 2017, 6:51 pm

US Nazi supporters move to Russian social media after Facebook banFollowing violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, Facebook began taking down all positive mentions of an article by the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, attacking the woman who was killed protesting the rally. But while the site has been banned from Facebook, far-right users continued to post on a Daily Stormer group on VK, Russia's most popular social network. “Cloudflare just dropped us,” the Daily Stormer VK group posted on Wednesday, referring to the Internet security company that protects sites from cyber attacks. “We'll have to build an alternative.” White nationalists and far-right activists from Western countries have increasingly been moving to VK, also known as VKontakte, where they don't face the same censorship as on social media like Facebook. Charlottesville far-right protest Of the 97 major neo-Nazi, white nationalist and racist skinhead organisations on the Southern Poverty Law Centre's list of US hate groups, The Telegraph found VK groups matching at least nine of them, with members that appeared to be American. There were also more than 50 VK groups named after the Ku Klux Klan, although many of them appear to be run by Russian fans. According to the news site Meduza, more than 100 nationalist groups on VK have members from the United States, Germany, Sweden and other Western countries. Membership on the most popular of these groups numbers in the thousands. A far-right user who identified himself as Henry from Houston told Meduza that moving from Facebook to VK was becoming a “trend” among nationalists trying to avoid censorship. He's started two VK groups already with a total membership of 550. “You can't even write a post about Adolph Hitler” on Facebook, he complained. In contrast, on the Daily Stormer page and other VK groups, users have continued merrily posting racist slurs and threats. Dropped by its US domain registrar, the Daily Stormer also tried to relaunch its website under a Russian domain name, but this too was soon suspended. Asked about VK's apparent lack of censorship, a spokesman said the social network is “against calls for atrocities and violence” and deletes materials that include them. Russian authorities have been increasingly fining and even imprisoning social media users under a vague law against extremism, but many of these people have been convicted for criticising Russia's intervention in Ukraine. Law enforcement here most likely wouldn't be able to bring Americans to court on similar charges, however.


Posted: August 18, 2017, 6:45 pm

One Day, Many Years From Now, Total Solar Eclipses Will No Longer Be PossibleThe moon is slowly moving away from the Earth, and one distant day, it will be too small to block the sun entirely.


Posted: August 18, 2017, 6:39 pm

Staff Change on Mueller Team Raises QuestionsRachel Maddow pursues reporting on the departure of former FBI counter-espionage chief Peter Strzok from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Trump Russia investigation team, questioning the reason and what it might mean for Mueller's effort.


Posted: August 18, 2017, 6:36 pm

Five suspected terrorists shot dead by police in Cambrils, SpainSpanish police shot dead five would-be attackers after confronting them early on Friday in Cambrils, south of Barcelona where hours earlier a suspected Islamist militant drove a van into crowds, killing 13 people.


Posted: August 18, 2017, 5:52 pm

'Unraveling our national fabric': Romney condemns Trump after CharlottesvilleMitt Romney said Trump’s comments after violence in Charlottesville had caused ‘the vast heart of America to mourn’. Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, warned of an “unraveling of our national fabric” on Friday as he excoriated Donald Trump over his defence of people involved in a neo-Nazi rally. Nearly a week after white nationalists led a bloody protest against the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee, Trump continues to face backlash for blaming “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Posted: August 18, 2017, 5:48 pm

Top U.S. general reaffirms commitment to Japan amid N.Korea tensionsBy Tim Kelly TOKYO (Reuters) - The top U.S. general restated Washington's "ironclad commitment" to the security of its close Asian ally, Japan, on Friday amid regional tensions over North Korea, telling his counterpart in Tokyo that "an attack on one is an attack on both of us". Fears about North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programs have grown in recent weeks. Pyongyang has said it was considering plans to fire missiles over Japan toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, although North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears to have delayed the decision.


Posted: August 18, 2017, 5:41 pm

NASA Wants to Stop a Doomsday Supervolcano by Stealing its HeatNASA is worried about the Yellowstone supervolcano exploding, so instead they're going to harness its energy for good.


Posted: August 18, 2017, 5:39 pm

Steve Bannon out as chief White House strategist 'by mutual agreement' Steve Bannon has left his role as President Donald Trump's chief strategist, as the president tries to assuage the outrage sparked by his remarks about Charlottesville. The White House issued a statement saying the departure was "by mutual agreement". Mr Bannon, who ran the hard-Right news outlet Breitbart, ended his White House role on Friday afternoon.  He said he resigned, but sources close to Mr Trump said he was "given the option to resign" - another way of saying he was fired. The decision was reportedly made after pressure from John Kelly, Mr Trump's new chief of staff, who was brought in to establish some sense of order in a chaotic, dysfunctional White House. Mr Bannon, 63, has taken immense pride at his status at the head of the anti-establishment, flame-throwing wing of the White House. He was seen as connecting Mr Trump to his electoral base, and encouraged nationalist, "America First" policies. Profile | Steve Bannon He was often at odds with the "globalist" wing of the White House - Jared Kushner, Mr Trump's son-in-law; his wife Ivanka; H.R. McMaster, the head of the national security council; and Gary Cohn, director of the national economic council. Mr Trump was reported earlier this week to have not spoken face-to-face with Mr Bannon in over a week. On Tuesday he could only offer a lukewarm endorsement, responding to a question about Mr Bannon's future with: "We'll see." In his own words | Steve Bannon Yet Mr Bannon wielded immense behind-the-scenes power inside the White House. Saturday Night Live depicted him as the grim reaper, playing Mr Trump like a puppet - something that reportedly amused Mr Bannon, but enraged his boss. And he was controversial from the start. Appointed in August 2016, along with Kellyanne Conway, to manage the campaign, he was described as "the most dangerous political operative in America". But Mr Trump appreciated his hardline views. He was reportedly instrumental in the Mexican border wall policy, and pushed Mr Trump to take a strong line on policing. He was determined to even what he saw as an unequal playing field on trade, and China was a particular target of his anger. He also reportedly urged Mr Trump not to criticise too strongly white nationalists, who Mr Bannon saw as a small but important part of Mr Trump's base. Mr Trump's defence of white supremacists on Tuesday caused the most significant political damage to his presidency so far. The following day Mr Bannon perhaps sealed his own fate by telephoning a reporter with The American Prospect, a Left-wing publication, to contradict his boss - and suggest that he was deciding who was in and who was out in the state department. “There’s no military solution [to North Korea’s nuclear threats], forget it,” said Mr Bannon, directly undermining Mr Trump's vow to respond if attacked. “Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that ten million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us.” Asked about his rivals at the departments of state, defence and treasury, who wanted to keep China on side by avoiding trade wars, Mr Bannon was unrepentant. “They’re wetting themselves,” he said. “I’m changing out people at East Asian Defense; I’m getting hawks in.”  


Posted: August 18, 2017, 5:35 pm