Trump investigation of auto imports raises fears of new tariffs

Commerce department to investigate whether imports threaten US industry, as foreign automakers criticize effort

The Trump administration has launched a national security investigation into car and truck imports that could lead to new US tariffs similar to those imposed on imported steel and aluminum in March.

The commerce department said the investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 would investigate whether vehicle and parts imports were threatening the industry’s health and ability to research and develop new, advanced technologies.

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Linda Burney admits interview transcript left out call for offshore detention time limit

Peter Dutton says Labor ‘fabricated’ transcript but MP says it was a ‘genuine mistake’ by her staff

The Labor frontbencher Linda Burney has admitted her office made “a mistake” incorrectly transcribing an interview, omitting her call for a “time limit” on how long people were held in offshore immigration detention.

The home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, has accused Labor of deliberately fabricating the transcript, which was written by the shadow human services minister’s staff and distributed by Bill Shorten’s office.

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Milwaukee police release footage of stungun arrest of Bucks rookie – video

Footage from Milwaukee police body cameras shows the stungun arrest of NBA player Sterling Brown. The video shows Brown being asked to take his hands out of his pockets before being surrounded by police. 'Taser, Taser, Taser,' is shouted, followed by a series of groans. The Milwaukee Bucks player was arrested after being questioned by officers over a parking violation in a Walgreens pharmacy parking lot. He was ultimately was not charged with anything.

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Jared Kushner granted security clearance after painful process

The president’s son-in-law and adviser had been downgraded amid concerns he was vulnerable to foreign exploitation

Jared Kushner has been granted permanent security clearance, renewing his access to sensitive intelligence and potentially paving the way for his return to a more active role in the White House.

Donald Trump’s son-in-law is presumed to have been granted a level of clearance known as Top Secret/SCI that would allow him to see the president’s daily security briefing and other closely guarded documents. He was stripped of that ability in February amid concerns that foreign governments were planning to manipulate him by exploiting his complex web of business ties.

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Andrew Hastie’s use of US intelligence over bribery allegation ‘a concern’, Dreyfus says

Shadow attorney general says he ‘wouldn’t have dreamed’ of using Chau Chak Wing information as Liberal MP did

Mark Dreyfus has said he “wouldn’t have dreamed ever” of using intelligence information in the way Andrew Hastie did when he used parliamentary privilege to name a Chinese-Australian billionaire as a alleged conspirator in a plot to bribe a United Nations official.

On Wednesday, Malcolm Turnbull said that he was not forewarned that Hastie was going to name Chau Chak Wing, one of Australia’s biggest political donors, and has now sought information from Australia’s intelligence agencies about the implications.

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North Korea casts further doubt on summit and warns US of ‘appalling tragedy’

Vice foreign minister says nation will not ‘beg the US for dialogue’ and if talks are cancelled the nations could engage in a ‘nuclear showdown’

North Korea cast further doubt on a planned summit between its leader, Kim Jong-un, and Donald Trump, warning that Pyongyang could make the US “taste an appalling tragedy”.

Related: North Korea must disarm before any economic relief, says Mike Pompeo

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China has been a great driver of our economy – but we can’t rely on it | Greg Jericho

Australia is more affected by China’s economy than most countries. We must diversify – towards the service sector but also to other Asian markets

The importance of China to our economy over the past 15 years can hardly be overstated, but with that importance comes risks. A new study by researchers at the IMF looks at the links between the Australian and Chinese economies and examines the risks to Australia from both positive and negative shocks to the Chinese economy – and concludes that the best mitigation is to continue to diversify our economy towards the services sector and also to other Asian markets.

The importance of China to Australia is perhaps best demonstrated by the change in the amount of our merchandise exports that go to that country now compared to 15 years ago.

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EU split over exclusion of UK from Galileo after Brexit

France, Spain, Sweden and Netherlands among countries wishing to retain close ties on GPS system

Divisions are emerging within the EU over the European commission’s decision to exclude the UK from the bloc’s new satellite navigation system, Galileo.

A number of member states are said by sources in Brussels to have become sympathetic to the British cause regarding the handling of the issue by EU officials.

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Andrew Hastie revelations raise more questions, Labor says – politics live

Mark Dreyfus asks if MP’s action has affected relations with intelligence agencies. And tax dominates the policy debate. All the day’s events, live

While the blog was sleeping, the government’s income tax package passed the lower house - with Labor’s support.

Labor says that’s because it supports income tax cuts for lower and middle class earners and plans on working to separate the third tranche - the flat tax for $41,000 and $200,000 earners in the never-never of budget forwards - in the Senate.

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The Guardian view on tax and the NHS: honesty is overdue | Editorial

Politicians of all stripes have for too long avoided confronting hard truths about rising demand for health services and how to meet the cost

There isn’t much about last year’s general election that Theresa May is in a hurry to revisit, least of all the plan to reform social care by a mechanism that came to be known as the “dementia tax”. The pitch was poor, but the concept deserved a fairer hearing. Outside the partisan frenzy of a campaign, it might have started a necessary conversation about long-term funding to meet the costs of an ageing population.

New research published today lays bare the challenge. A model developed by the Health Foundation, a charity, and the Institute for Fiscal Studies anticipates demand for spending on adult social care to rise by 3.9% a year over the next 15 years. Over the same period, the population over the age of 65 is expected to increase by 4.4 million; and the number over 85 by 1.3 million.

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NHS needs £2,000 in tax from every household to stay afloat – report

Higher taxation is only way to address demands on buckling health service, thinktanks say

British households will need to pay an extra £2,000 a year in tax to help the NHS cope with the demands of an ageing population, according to a new report that highlights the unprecedented financial pressures on the health system.

Two thinktanks – the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Health Foundation – have said there can be no alternative to higher taxation if there are to be even modest improvements to care over the next 15 years, adding that demands on the health service will continue to rise.

Related: Theresa May pledges to accelerate NHS long-term funding plan

Related: 'It's revolutionary': staff and patients on 70 years of the NHS

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Corbyn presses May to end Stormont deadlock in Northern Ireland

Labour leader to call for return of the British-Irish intergovernmental conference

Jeremy Corbyn is calling on Theresa May to reconvene the British-Irish intergovernmental conference, set up under the Good Friday Agreement, to help restore the power-sharing government to Northern Ireland.

The proposal, due to be announced on Thursday, risks angering unionists as the high-level body, which last met more than a decade ago, would give Dublin a formal role in breaking the deadlock at Stormont.

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Hundreds of schools have had no Ofsted inspection for a decade – report

Long delay between checks raises concerns that standards may have slipped at many ‘outstanding’ schools

Doubts have been cast on the quality of some of the country’s most sought-after schools after it emerged that hundreds graded outstanding by Ofsted have not been inspected for more than a decade and their assessments may be out of date.

A report by the National Audit Office (NAO) revealed that more than 1,600 schools teaching tens of thousands of pupils had not been inspected for six years or more, and of those, almost 300 had not seen an Ofsted inspector for at least 10 years.

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NHS needs £2,000 in tax from every household to stay afloat – report

Higher taxation is only way to address demands on buckling health service, thinktanks say

British households will need to pay an extra £2,000 a year in tax to help the NHS cope with the demands of an ageing population, according to a new report that highlights the unprecedented financial pressures on the health system.

Two thinktanks – the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Health Foundation – have said there can be no alternative to higher taxation if there are to be even modest improvements to care over the next 15 years, adding that demands on the health service will continue to rise.

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The Guardian view on tax and the NHS: honesty is overdue | Editorial

Politicians of all stripes have for too long avoided confronting hard truths about rising demand for health services and how to meet the cost

There isn’t much about last year’s general election that Theresa May is in a hurry to revisit, least of all the plan to reform social care by a mechanism that came to be known as the “dementia tax”. The pitch was poor, but the concept deserved a fairer hearing. Outside the partisan frenzy of a campaign, it might have started a necessary conversation about long-term funding to meet the costs of an ageing population.

New research published today lays bare the challenge. A model developed by the Health Foundation, a charity, and the Institute for Fiscal Studies anticipates demand for spending on adult social care to rise by 3.9% a year over the next 15 years. Over the same period, the population over the age of 65 is expected to increase by 4.4 million; and the number over 85 by 1.3 million.

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UK’s new Sea Ceptor missile system enters into service

Defence secretary to announce that £850m system providing protection for UK’s aircraft carriers is now operational

A new missile system to provide protection for the UK’s two aircraft carriers has entered into service, defence secretary Gavin Williamson is due to announce on Thursday.

The Sea Ceptors, developed at a cost of around £850m and deployed aboard Type 23-frigates, will offer a protective shield against missile attacks for the two carriers. HMS Queen Elizabeth is undergoing sea trials and HMS Prince of Wales is scheduled to be handed over to the Royal Navy in 2019.

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