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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be

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With me are journalist and broadcaster Aasmah Mir

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and Matt McAllester, Editor of Newsweek International.

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with...

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The Telegraph leads with comments by President Trump's

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senior trade adviser, who has accused Germany of using

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The paper also pictures Ken Clarke speaking during the Brexit

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UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years is the Guardian

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headline. The squeeze is will hit the poor hardest.

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The Metro says rail operators have announced a big

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shake up in train fares - which they claim will see passengers

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always being offered the cheapest available price.

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The same story on the Times, which also features claims that thousands

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of newly qualified doctors are unprepared to do basic tasks.

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According to The Mail, health tourism is costing the NHS millions

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of pounds because of what it calls chaotic billing.

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Trump euro, attacking Germany over the euro now. He has trained his

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guns on the continent of Europe. Some people would say this is

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unprecedented because Donald Trump is very aggressively going for

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Brussels, now going for Berlin. On the other side, people would say

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he's doing what he said he would do, looking out for American interests.

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What his accusing Germany of doing here is profiting from a weak euro,

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and the flip side of that is that the dollar is underperforming hugely

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because of this. Donald Trump has to put his money where his mouth is,

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quite literally. So you can see this both ways. Very aggressive,

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unprecedented, never seen before policy of calling out people that

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until now have not been. On the other side you can see this is

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Donald Trump calling out people for manipulating currencies, which is I

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think what he is potentially saving to the detriment of the American

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economy. Is it manipulation or is Germany simply taking advantage of a

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weak euro? Which is a result of a host of things going on in the

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European Union? It is not just Germany according to President

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Trump, it is Japan and China. He's going round the world picking fights

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rapidly. There is a sense of potential retaliation here because

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yesterday Chancellor Angela Merkel sort of told him off, reminded him

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what the refugee Convention is. And so there is a sense within the first

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few days of this Administration of tit for tat. The question of whether

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there is manipulation or not is being lost in trouble against the

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world at this point. This will be hugely popular with his supporters,

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I'm stating the obvious here but we have to remember that. To 50%

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perhaps of the electorate or the world population, this is aggressive

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tit for tat, but to the other 50% he's doing what he said he would do.

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He said in that interview with Michael Gove, he suggested that you

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don't see many share these on the streets of Berlin. He's got a point,

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hasn't he? The response was make better cars! Which is fair enough, I

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suppose. The Guardian, Trump travel ban. Opposition to the travel ban

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grows, we know what Amber Rudd thinks of it. She is against it, and

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also we have one of the powerful, richest tech barons in the United

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States, the founder of Amazon who has put his weight behind it. For a

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while the tech companies were on the defence. Traditionally firmly

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and when Trump was elected they went and when Trump was elected they went

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to Trump Tower, met with him and realised that especially companies

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like Google who have contributed to individuals greatly as Democratic

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candidates they had to make friends with the new administration. That's

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lasted about five seconds and what happened was with this ban huge

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numbers... In Silicon Valley there basically no that doesn't have a

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relative or family member or a colleague or themselves if they came

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from another country so it is almost next essential threat to a key part

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of the American economy. They are fighting back. Isn't this just the

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liberal left again as far as Trump supporters are concerned? Getting

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hot and bothered about something that is not important. This travel

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ban makes sense to them. Yes, but what they have to consider is this

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is the new media, we are talking about media tech companies and if

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you are talking about affecting the workforce of these companies, that's

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something you could argue might impact the American economy as well

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so we have to put that aside and look at the bigger picture. Apple is

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the most profitable company in the United States so you -- would you

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want to hurt that engine of growth? As I say, as 48% of Americans

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support this economy, and the poll suggests they do, then this person

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is talking rubbish. Yes, he and Congress will make these decisions

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over the next four years. Hasn't he also made this point the travel ban

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is for 90 days, not a permanent thing so if Jeff Brazil is concerned

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he will not get some bright spark from Somalia or whatever, he seems

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to be sort of shouting about something that perhaps isn't going

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to be a problem. It's the sense of uncertainty. We see it is Germany

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today, what will it be tomorrow? It is hard to keep up actually. You

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were right to point out it is a temporary ban, if I'm able to use

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that word. You are not! You will get a tweet tonight at 4am. How dare

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you! He says they had to implement it quickly so the bad dudes didn't

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rush in, so why after 90 days would be lifted so they could come back in

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anyway? You are right to raise it but it's unlikely this will only be

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for 90 days. That's my feeling anyway. It does seem odd, there

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hasn't been an attack on American soil by foreigners since 9/11 and

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restrictions are very tight so they must be doing something right, so

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why upset all of that? Why we come back to the 40%. There are stories

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today and a lot of reporters in the state are going to the heartland,

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Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, the key states that swung it for Trump,

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and they think it is great. For once someone we voted for is doing what

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they said they would do. And doing it very quickly. Someone we voted

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for is pandering to our fears. That is not how they put it... Pandering

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to or addressing our fears. Absolutely, I'm not passing an

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opinion, simply throwing stuff out there. It was a campaign, whether

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you supported it or not, that was fundamentally about fear. It's a

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terrible situation America is in everything is going wrong. Obama was

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always about hope, this just resonated. If you say there is a

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bogeyman out there and you are the person who can deal with it, you are

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laughing, I suggest. If you bring up the front page of the Financial

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Times, it is... KC. The great survivor, Kenneth Clarke. No, kinky

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-- King Canute! I just thought of that. The bill giving the Government

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the right to trigger Article 50 shouldn't go through, he's saying

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and he isn't a lone voice, is he? The thing about Ken Clarke is he

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stuck to his beliefs for years and years, and this will obviously put

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him at odds with his party and Theresa May, and we know people like

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Anna Soubry for example who didn't vote out but who will back it. Much

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to be admired, you could argue, Ken Clarke is going against the grain,

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and what an interesting picture it was yesterday being applauded by

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Labour and SNP ministers. It is the kind of thing you never thought you

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would see but you are not surprised that the things we see in Parliament

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any more. And maths, the irony through all of this is that the

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majority of my lifetime, the backdrop to Europe was squabbles

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within the Conservative Party. At this incredibly important moment in

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British history, it is the squabbles in the Labour Party that are

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actually perhaps more to the fore in the situation across the ventures.

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Absolutely, when you have one Conservative MP very much at the end

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of his career with nothing to lose, to be honest, he's a bit like John

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McCain in the United States, his six last years and he will say whatever

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he likes about Donald Trump, it is completely different in the Labour

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Party which is completely fragmented over this. You would think they

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couldn't find any more reasons to split and fragment and Article 50

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has done that. There were signs of it during the election campaign.

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Jeremy Corbyn's seven out of ten enthusiasm for staying in the

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European Union foreshadowed what we have now. You try to get your

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average rail ticket, you have got to go through a menu that goes on for

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years, longer than the Bible, but now they are going to slim things

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down for us. The story is they will trial uncertain line is much simpler

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fares. There are actually 16 million different types of rail fares in

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Britain, so it is longer than the King James Bible. That was a joke!

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15 million, and it will all be fine. Extreme million. 16 million

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apparently. That is fake news, that cannot be true. How will they make

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it simpler? They will cut out a lot of, if you go here you have to buy

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an extra ticket, more of a direct through line. They will tell you at

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the beginning how you can get the cheapest fare as opposed to being

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given an affair that is expensive and then having to split the

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journey, buying lots of single tickets and making it cheaper that

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way. It seems ridiculous. Anything to do with rail fares is ridiculous

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with both sides blaming each other, and rail companies saying we cannot

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do this because the Government is in charge of this and that and the rest

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of it. I would love to think we will get the cheapest rail fare but don't

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hold your breath. That's not going to happen. Back to the Financial

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Times. We are all about automation, bank teller is being usurped by ATM

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machines, checking out at the supermarket, now we have a robot

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that can play poker and beat people. I remember when I was a kid getting

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a first video game. For Christmas I want one of these, a robot that has

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just beaten four of the world's top professional poker players and has

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won nearly 1.8 million so the game is up for human beings around the

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poker table. I was going to say you can have a pretty stern face if you

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are robot, pretty stern RoboCop. Thank you very much for looking at

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some of the stories behind the headlines. That is it from my guests

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tonight, and thank you for watching. Goodbye.

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Hello, good evening. All our weather will be coming in from the west for

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the start of February.

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