Category: The Independent

Moderate Democrats and the entire GOP are unwilling to admit how endangered democracy is

Last week, after the Senate averted an entirely Republican-inflicted crisis about the debt ceiling, Sen Joe Manchin, whose very utterances are edict in a 50-50 Senate, again scoffed at the idea of creating a special carve-out on the filibuster for the debt ceiling.
“The filibuster thread we have to keep democracy alive in America,” Manchin told reporters after a late Thursday night. “If we didn’t have the filibuster to where it can keep us coming back to civility from time to time, then you would see total chaos.

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Skid Row: Inside the epicentre of LA’s homeless and crystal meth crisis

Los Angeles is facing a humanitarian crisis like never before. The combination of Covid, property prices that have gone through the roof and illegal immigration has caused an explosion in homelessness. An estimated 70,000 people live on the streets – in the exits and entrances of the freeways, under bridges and overpasses, in parks and vacant lots. Even in the rich area of Venice beach, a tent city has sprung up.
But the epicentre is still Skid Row, traditionally the neighbourhood for the down and out in downtown Los Angeles.

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Lewis Hamilton hoping to halt Max Verstappen’s charge at Styrian Grand Prix

Formula 1 returns to Austria for the Styrian Grand Prix, the second of three races in as many weeks.
Max Verstappen took advantage of a perfect strategy to hunt down Lewis Hamilton and win the French Grand Prix. It was the first time in the Red Bull driver’s career that he claimed a race ‘grand slam’, taking pole position, the chequered flag and the extra point for fastest lap.

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Is the French Grand Prix on TV today? Start time, channel and how to watch the F1 race today

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s dramatic world title race is set to take another twist at the French Grand Prix today.
An incident-packed race in Baku last time out may not have altered the top of the drivers championship standings, but it followed the tone of what has been an entertaining battle so far between the Mercedes and Red Bull drivers.
Defending champion Hamilton has won the past two races at the Circuit Paul Ricard, but Verstappen will be desperate for victory after he was cruelly denied a win at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix two weeks’ ago.

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French Grand Prix live stream: How to watch the F1 race online and on TV today

After a week’s break, the dramatic Formula One world title race between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen resumes at the French Grand Prix this afternoon.
Defending champion Hamilton is aiming to win his third race in a row at the Circuit Paul Ricard, although Verstappen will be determined to finish the day standing on top of the podium after he was cruelly denied victory at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix earlier this month.

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F1: Pirelli explain tyre blowouts on Max Verstappen and Lance Stroll’s cars at Azerbaijan Grand Prix

The tyre failures on Max Verstappen and Lance Stroll’s cars that sent both drivers into the wall at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix may have been caused by debris on the track in Baku, according to initial investigations by supplier Pirelli.
Verstappen was close to victory when his his rear-left tyre blew on the long pit straight, causing him to crash out in dramatic fashion. Stroll’s day was also ended by a blowout of the same tyre earlier in the race.

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Why is it taking so long for motorsport to embrace women racers?

When Italian Lella Lombardi brought her Brabham BT44B home in 12th place at the 1976 Austrian Grand Prix she became the last woman to compete in a Formula 1 World Championship race. The championship started its 72nd season on 28 March yet of the 767 drivers who have started a Grand Prix only two of them are women. It’s an astounding statistic. Astounding and embarrassing.
And it’s not just Formula 1; motorsport per se seems to have a problem with female participants. World Championship Rallying and IndyCar racing – North America’s semi-equivalent of Formula 1 – have fared slightly better.

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Monaco Grand Prix LIVE: F1 latest updates, times and build-up to start as Charles Leclerc on pole

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Follow all the latest updates from the Monaco Grand Prix as the unmistakable red of Ferrari starts on pole thanks to Charles Leclerc’s dramatic qualifying win. Leclerc put himself on top of the timecharts in Q3 and then crashed into the barriers on the Monte-Carlo street circuit, causing the session to be red flagged with seconds remaining and challengers charging in to threaten the Frenchman’s leading time.

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Lewis Hamilton ‘humble and ecstatic’ after grabbing 100th pole position of career for Spanish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton produced another scintillating performance to snatch his 100th pole position of his incredible career for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.
The Briton guided his Mercedes expertly around Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya to best the Red Bull of Max Verstappen by just 0.036 seconds to bring up three figures.
And Valtteri Bottas, under pressure after speculation that he could be replaced mid-season, took third for Mercedes ahead of the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc.

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Red Bull failed to capitalise on Mercedes’ weaknesses at Emilia Romagna GP, Toto Wolff claims

Toto Wolff has said Mercedes expect another close fight with rivals Red Bull at the Portuguese Grand Prix this weekend, who he believes failed to capitalise on his team’s issues last time out.
Mercedes head to Portimao at the top of the Teams’ Championship, courtesy of Lewis Hamilton’s second-place finish at Imola two weeks ago.
However, this has not been the start to the season the Northamptonshire-based team would have expected.

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