Conspiracy theories such as JFK distract from the real threats we face

Ruefully, and rightly as it turned out, one lifelong investigator of the Kennedy assassination predicted that there “won’t be any smoking gun” in the cache of nearly 3,000 JFK-related documents released late on Thursday night. It was a suitably ironic choice of phrase by Jefferson Morley, the editor of the JFKfacts website. Because this, of course, is a rare case where there was very much both smoke and a gun, in the form of the 6.5mm Carcano rifle used by Lee Harvey Oswald to shoot John F Kennedy on 22 November 1963. It’s just not the smoking gun Morley’s readers were looking for, the one that would prove a vast, hidden conspiracy to murder the 35th president of the United States.

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With Trump and Brexit, politicians must put principles before prospects

Those craving the end of the Trump presidency will hail Jeff Flake and Bob Corker as heroes. They are conservative Republican senators who have turned on their own party’s president, Flake condemning Donald Trump in a powerful, stirring speech in the chamber yesterday, Corker dishing it out in a form his target will understand: an interview followed by a series of sharp, barbed tweets. The latest reads: “Same untruths from an utterly untruthful president. #AlertTheDaycareStaff,” the hashtag being a reference to Corker’s earlier description of the White House as “an adult day care center”.

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Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder shows where hatred of the media can lead

In the roll-call of unfashionable causes, defence of the MSM – the hated “mainstream media” – surely ranks close to the top. Bashing the press is now a guaranteed applause line on both the right and left. Donald Trump, who last week said it was “frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever they want”, and called for NBC to be stripped of its (nonexistent) broadcasting licence, is only the most obvious example. Before him came Sarah Palin and her diatribes against “the lamestream media”.

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