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We'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment.

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Barack Obama's spokesman says President Donald Trump's accusation

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that his predecessor ordered his phones to be tapped

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Sinn Fein describe the Stormont Assembly elections as a watershed -

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after coming within one seat of drawing level

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Clearly, the unionist majority in the Assembly has been ended

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and the notion of a permanent or perpetual unionist majority

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There are fears for the future of Vauxhall plants in Britain

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after a French car company which produces Peugeot vehicles

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reportedly reaches a deal to buy General Motors' European operations.

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Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine in the Marvel blockbuster Logan. We

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will hear more about that in the film review.

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

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With me are the broadcaster Charlie Wolf and the Chief Political

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Commentator for the Independent, John Rentoul.

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Welcome back to both of you. Firstly, let us have a look at the

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front pages. Beginning with the observer who says that the UK's

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River is the watchdog is launching an enquiry into how the data of

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voters is being used during political campaigns. In Sunday

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Telegraph, allegations from President Trump that Barack Obama

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orchestrated an illegal Watergate style phone tapping operation at

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Trump Tower. Meanwhile, the Mail on Sunday says that Tony Blair attended

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a secret meeting at the White House to discuss working for Donald Trump

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as a Middle East peace convoy -- envoy. The Chancellor will use the

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budget to build up a war chest of boost Britain's post Brexit

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resilient. The independent leads with its own poll suggesting the

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majority of the ukase against government plans to cut corporation

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tax in favour of the money going towards the NHS. And, finally, the

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Sunday Express claims that nearly ?150 million from the health budget

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was spent on overseas aid last year. So, those that were just some of the

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front pages this morning. We have a selection we will be discussing.

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John, Charlie, why don't you start us, Charlie, with the front page of

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the observer? By my standards this is amazing. When I first started in

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journalism, we used to have scammers in America to Hibberd calls of

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police departments. And these days, we just get tweets and Twitter. This

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helps us see what Mrs Donald Trump is coming out with. And this morning

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it was a doozy. He has launched a verbal assault on Barack Obama

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accusing him of a wiretap in his office in New York. This is almost

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unprecedented. I won't say it is totally unprecedented. If you think

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back to, for instance, Clinton and George W Bush Bush. They made a

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mess, they trashed it. A couple of days ago, however, Trump said that

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when he took place over it was a mess. Instead, he is finding stuff

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that is going on. I guess he had a meeting with one of these people

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over national security that said we have been bugging you. What

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happened... That is not what they are saying is that. They say he

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simply read something, a news article. I'm not sure. We don't

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fully know this. He is not providing us with evidence. But it is possible

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that he could have been wiretapped in that the FBI and the CIA... This

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is something you may have had mentioned after 9/11, when the

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Patriot Act was being discussed. That would be the way for the CIA if

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they wanted to investigate suspicions of possible terrorist or

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something like that. As I understand this, the CIA and FBI went to this

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man, were rejected and came back. Trump is essentially saying that

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Barack Obama was behind it and... I guess I would have to surmise,

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again, this is speculation, if the FBI were to do that because they

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felt there was a Russian connection of some sort, I would have thought

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that something of that importance would have to go to the top. I just

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cannot see... Can you imagine the Home Secretary here? This is a

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paranoid fantasy of Donald Trump again. Shades of that, yes. But I

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think there could be more to it. You would imagine, even, most democratic

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countries you would have to have probable cause before the wiretap

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was okayed. Absolutely. If the FBI were doing it officially then they

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would have had to have announced it during the election campaign as they

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announce their investigation into Hillary. If they did it

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unofficially, then all sorts of things might be going on but... Did

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you read that, you know, is such a serious allegation that it has

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warranted a response from President Obama he... I don't think anybody

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would suggest that Obama himself would have ordered it. But it is

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unprecedented, what Donald Trump has said. Then again there are many that

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think that Barack Obama has been doing things, if not by himself but

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through his minions are getting things to happen such as, come these

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meetings the town meetings that senators returned to where they are

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facing protests. This is unusual. There are probably people there who

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are Republicans who are mad at senators over healthcare. But there

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is... One man wrote about, for instance, you go into a town hall,

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there are only a handful of view. You sit separately and looks at the

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whole hall is... There are shades that may or may not be true. It is

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also fair to say that Donald Trump has been hamstrung. He does not have

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a full cabinet yet and the Democrats have been obstinate. Maybe he is

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putting two and two together, possibly not getting seven but at

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least getting six. John. The Mail on Sunday. Tony Blair has been in the

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Trump White House meeting Jarrod Kushner, the President is's

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son-in-law to discuss the Middle East and trying to broker some kind

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of peace settlement which is what Tony Blair was involved with is

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representative of the quartet for some time until he stood down. An

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extraordinary story. It does... It's a sort of explain why that

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remarkable coincidence occurred when Tony Blair was in the same

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restaurant as Kushner just after Donald Trump's election. The really

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does seem to be something going on there and it is interesting because

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Jarrod Kushner and his wife do seem to be the sort of moderate centre of

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the Donald Trump White House and if you could get some kind of progress

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in the Middle East and would come from that source. Interesting to

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know if his side issue here. He will come into contact with Ivanka, who

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is friends with the former wife of Rupert Murdoch. Eyebrows at the time

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I believe were raised. Rupert Murdoch read a lot into it. How is

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Tony Blair regarded? We know about his special relationship with

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President Bush. How was he regarded amongst the encircle? Again, I

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think... If Nidal Nigel Farage can be well looked upon, the way the

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Americans look upon it is that these guys who seem to have knowledge

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about what they are talking about. Trump likes Nigel because he has the

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sense of thoughts on Brexit, etc and he likes people who seem to have

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some subtle level of experience that could help him. Yes. Tony Blair

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knows a lot about the Middle East. Unquestionably. And, yes, he is

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extremely well-known and well appreciated in the United that. We

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will not hang him out to dry as they try to do here. So, Trump thinks

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that dogmatic black and white level. I can seem very much, you know,

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taking Tony Blair on. As I said earlier, Donald Trump worth $12

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billion is probably the only guy who could afford Tony Blair. Let us look

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at the Sunday Times and the two stories there that caught our

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attention. The first of which is the picture. Tells the story behind the

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picture. I stared at this for sometime I first saw it. I'll try to

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work out why Donald Trump had a slab of wax stuck to his head. It is a

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map of Palestine. A map of Palestine. It is actually his tie

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which has blown up in the wind and you can see it as Sellotape on the

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bottom, which holds it together. What a treat. I need to learn from

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that because my tie always looks like MSN splits at the bottom. What

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I obviously need a Sellotape to hold it together. Shops are about to run

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out of tape. You are stealing all our secrets. In the model world, his

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wife and daughter would have done just that, they take the back of a

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jacket to make things fit. Ukip surprisingly, Charlie, with your

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knowledge of women's undergarment stop they do take down bits. I know

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that. Let's move on. Sunday Times and the stay with this. The UK story

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at the Chancellor's ?60 billion Brexit fighting fund. This is the

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advance spins at a budget from the Chancellor. This is Philip Hammond,

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the straight no spin Chancellor who is preparing the ground for the

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budget which is... Fake news! They can use! Is shown to lower the

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expectations of people because financial forecasts suggest he has

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more money to play with the new 40 at so he says we cannot risk a

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spending spree. I take that to mean he can risk a small spending spree.

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Perhaps he can put money into the NHS and into social care which are

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the pressure points. He does not want to get people carried away with

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the idea that he has plenty of money in his back pocket. The question is,

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of course, when he gets the $60 billion. People say there will be

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cuts. That exactly the forecast surplus that he may have in 2020 it

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is not actually real money that he has got yet. That will be a chest

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mark. OK. -- chestnut. If you asked people what they would do on the

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money they would tell you... This is, again, not fake news, this is

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manufactured news with all due respect to this very fine newspaper.

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They have done one of these opinion surveys, a slow news day, again. An

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overwhelming majority of the British people want Theresa May to stop cot

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to corporation tax -- to stop cuts to corporation tax and give the

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money to the NHS. This is according to an exclusive poll for the

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Independent. The problem with this again is, yeah, you asked people and

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they would give you an opinion and it is just that. I do not fault them

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for that. But sometimes it is not as simple as that. For instance, the

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cry you normally get from the anti-war people, about how all much

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the cost is. You can't use our money for other things, does not work that

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way. Manufactured news is an unkind way to describe opinion polls.

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Newspapers often do that. This is actually an important story. There

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is no question that the British people do feel that the NHS is

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underfunded at the moment. It is in a period of crisis. It had several

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years of smaller increases than it needs and this is a big test for

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Philip Hammond in the budget, how much it will give to it. The

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suggestion in some of the papers are that he will kick the can down the

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road to use an American phrase, and try and solve the problem in the

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autumn. I need to bring this to a close. John and Charlie, thank you

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so much. Do you know what, let's just stop here and head to the Film

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Review. It is lovely to see both of you.

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