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Reports would suggest it is that way.

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But since 2004, the train attacks, the bombings in Madrid.

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welcome to the second look ahead to what the papers will bring us

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tomorrow. Lots more of the papers in since we last spoke with Christopher

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and Jessica. Thank you for stating for the second Reading tonight. Of

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course, the papers are dominated by the events in Barcelona. The Metro

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has a picture of the victims caught up in the attack. And a warning some

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of the papers carry photographs you might find disturbing. The Mirror

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has scenes of carnage in the Catalonian capital. The Daily

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Express focuses on the van used in the attack. The Guardian leads with

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a photograph of some of the 100 people who were wounded and a

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picture of one of the men arrested, Driss Oubakir, who has told the

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police that he wasn't involved. The Daily Mail suggests many

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holidaymakers from Britain might be caught up in the attack. The same

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photograph is featured in the Daily Telegraph, which would suggest the

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death toll of flirting is likely to rise. The Times' headline is evil

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strikes again as Barcelona is among the other cities targeted by

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terrorists. Finally the Sun that uses strong language towards the

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attackers, who so-called Islamic State has claimed as their own. --

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the death toll of 13 is likely to rise. We will begin with the Daily

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Mirror which has an immensely striking image of this famous,

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beautiful white boulevard which runs from Place de Catalunya all the way

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down to the Christopher Columbus seafront, and if you have been you

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will have walked along Las Ramblas. It is one of, if not the thing to do

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when you arrive in Barcelona, normally it is the first thing they

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do, head for the wide street usually packed with tourists, with street

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performers and stalls on each side. There is a lovely market where you

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can pick up fresh food for a picnic. It really is like the heart of the

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Barcelona tourist seen. And to see it like this almost devoid of people

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but dead bodies, people injured and all of those emergency service

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personnel running around is such a shock. It is a great front page from

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the Mirror because it captures the horror of a street familiar to lots

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of people. In the days of budget airlines. You can see bodies

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pixelated out because editors are very concerned about offending

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people, particularly with dead and seriously injured people. It

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certainly captures the essence of what has happened this afternoon.

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The papers react - you can see the different pictures across all the

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papers. Some have gone for quite shocking ones. Others have gone for

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quite mundane pictures as they try to work out how to communicate that

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with readers. The Telegraph has a similar story that is much closer in

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to the people who were involved, and an man being tended to, terror in

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the heart of Barcelona, and one of the man who has been arrested, Driss

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Oubakir, who is said to have rented the van, though he says he handed

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himself in and that his papers were stolen. The Prime Minister of Spain,

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Mariano Rajoy, says it was jihadist terrorism and requires a global

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response. We will talk about the response in a moment. They have been

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quite quick to state that this is the character of this attack.

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Earlier, ISIS we think said they were behind this attack. It is a

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low-tech attack involving a van. It is hard to police against. It is one

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for trying to convince hearts and minds of people driving these

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vehicles not to use them as weapons. Otherwise it is hard to see how it

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can happen again. Yes, it was weaving from side to side, managing

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to hit so many people. At the moment it is 13 people died and 100

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injured. What does a city do to try to keep people safe, but also keep

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an area area open? We saw with the attack in Finsbury Park, which was

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against the mosque, it is not just jihadist necessarily, it can be

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people with other motivations. And it is a kind of attack that, you

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know, who can guard against people renting a van? Thousands of people

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do it every day. At the place where we work at the house of parliament,

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across Westminster Bridge and London Bridge, many of the monuments in

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London, there are these big concrete pollard is going up along the street

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which are there to keep people safe. -- bollards. It is a sad state of

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affairs when you have to divide public spaces, when you have to put

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these almost... It looks like a battle zone, having these things

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that would stop a big vehicle. At the same time, what is the option?

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The Times - evil strikes again, it says. Evil strikes down innocents.

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Children hit as Stryver targets tourist with a van. More on a

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statement from Ariana -- Mariano Rajoy. -- as driver targets. Saying

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the response has to be global. Security services say it is. We are

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foiling plots all the time. Interesting on page four of the

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times from Charles Bremner going through all of the different attacks

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that have been foiled by police. And it does say here they have been so

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effective in thwarting fact they have been reduced to the basic use

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of cars as a weapon and it goes back to the appalling Al-Qaeda attack in

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2004 when four bombs killed 191 people on the train. They have

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struggled to deal with that threat and it might suggest why the only

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way they can do is to use a car rather than a van. Yes and some of

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the extremist groups have been espousing that, haven't they, take a

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van and use a gun and knife if you get out, and that's what we saw with

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London. It is a measure of success that the security services... That

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people who want to commit these atrocities don't have access to

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weapons such as bomb-making equipment. They don't have access to

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firearms that can play multiple rounds and cause absolute

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devastation. Yes. But still, because they are low-tech it is difficult to

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try to stop. The Daily Mail. The same photograph.

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A massacre. It is such a popular destination, so easy to get to. It

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is an extraordinary place to visit. Not far from here but very foreign.

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Yes. Families on the photo, a child with an elderly person, who knows? A

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shocking picture. They blurred out the faces, which is important. You

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might wonder what you are looking at. This is the Eiffel Tower which

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is normally illuminated and you would recognise it. As a mark of

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respect to those in Barcelona, those caught up in the atrocity, the

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majority of the lights have gone out. That is just the lights on the

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top of the tower, which are always on because of the aircraft. There it

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is. You can see what it is. But it is not in its illuminated glory

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which we are used to. That often happens now, landmarks around the

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world are altered in some way as a sign of respect. That is a way of

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showing global solidarity for these attacks which have global impact

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because they tend to take place in areas with a lot of tourism and

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nationalities affected. You have seen in the media there are

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definitely German and Australian citizens among the dead and injured,

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those governments have said so. And I suspect many more nationalities.

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The Guardian. Terror strikes Barcelona. Yeah. And it is. A good

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headline, I think, that. That is what this all is. No matter what you

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say about it. That picture yet again, the same picture again on the

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Daily Mail and the Telegraph and the Guardian. I had doubts when I first

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saw it. Now I understand, it captures the family issue, tourism,

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visitors hit by an appalling attack. Tonight after the London Bridge

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attacks, a lot of the pictures that were shown, we had a lot of

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discussion about the choice of pictures these days on papers. You

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want to tell the story but you don't want to discuss the people, you

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don't want a traumatised people. With these, everyone is watching

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social media all the time and are seen worse pictures. The feeling

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might be that many readers are looking at this photo and you can't

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really sum it up what is going on. In the old days, black and white

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photos, they had the same problem. The pictures we choose when we

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broadcast as well, a different kind of parameters. It is a difficult

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balance to strike. As a newspaper, you don't want to patronise viewers,

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show a sanitised version of a tragedy. But at the same time,

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readers come to a paper, rather than just looking at Twitter, because

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they want to see a respected authoritative version of it and not

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just all of the gore. It is important to get the right balance.

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Yes, and it is considerate. There is a timelapse between the event and

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the article being written. We were hearing earlier about eyewitnesses

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saying panic is often greater following events if you are there in

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the moment as you follow things on social media. It can make matters

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almost worse. There was a rumour of a hostage situation initially, I

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think. That became not the case quite quickly. But on social media,

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it immediately appeared. You can come to your own conclusion these

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days. The Sun. Barcelona bustards, it says. I am sure you will forgive

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the use of the word. Cops help as a man lays injured. There is another

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body or two further in the distance, one of which has been blurred out.

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You wonder what the response will be from Barcelona. They have dealt with

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terror attacks, and homegrown terror as well. They are well versed in

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events like this. Yeah. I think, always, and clearly because these

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attacks have been happening with increasing frequency, you know, any

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intelligence service of a country, especially in places with such

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popular tourist destinations, they will have trained, they will know

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how to respond to it. But when it actually happens in the streets, it

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still has an impact that you can train for. Islamic State refer to a

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battle in 1212, one with Spanish troops killing 2000 Muslims. They

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can draw on these things 800 years ago. 800 years ago. It is

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interesting how they are using this long history. We will look at some

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other stories. The Financial Times. Firstly, a rise in pupils getting

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top A Levels grades. Boys ahead of girls for the first time in decades.

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There was a gap to close. It's a shame, though. They were sexist

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exams. It is a sweeping generalisation, but girls tend to do

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better when there is a coursework focus and boys do better with exam

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focus. Now, the only assessment is an exam. And some experts are saying

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this is the reason why there is a surge in boys overtaking girls. I

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think you would want this to have a parity with boys and girls getting

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roughly the same. But we are not yet there. Michael Gove try to bring in

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exams to make it harder to get good grades and it has done the other way

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around. Boys are getting better grades. It will be interesting to

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see what happens next weekend even so next year with the JSCEs. This

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year is just a change of the year. We will go through all of that next

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year. Dreading it. I don't know if there are different boys and girls

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exams. What colour would you choose for the girl exams? Blue. I caught

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you out. In the old days, girls wore pink because it is derivative of

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red, a strong colour. There is also the Jeremy Corbyn effect, 13% rise

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in passing. A weight of your mind. Just quickly, if you can, can you

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deal with Steve Bannon? Stoking White House tensions for a China

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trade war. What is going on in the White House? It is hard to keep up

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with it. Donald Trump's advises seemed to have lots of very

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different strong opinions they don't mind expressing in public. --

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advisors. That is normally the hallmark of a well functioning

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administration but Donald Trump does not like it. Talking about North

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Korea in an interview he has given, Donald Trump, and he is saying that

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there should not be any kind of concessions with China to try to

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deal with North Korea because the US should be maniacally focused on

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economic war with China. Yeah. That is an interesting way to take it.

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War is an unfortunate word to use with China. He was talking about

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Gary Cowan, the chief economic adviser, and it seems like utter

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chaos. But apparently, as you were saying earlier, Donald Trump likes

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this. He likes to see people competing for his affection. Seeing

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who comes out on top. I would not have thought that is a healthy way

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to run an administration. He is like a Roman emperor at a Colosseum. That

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is it for the papers for the night. Don't forget, you can see all of the

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front pages on the BBC News website. If you missed the programme, any

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evening you can watch it later on the BBC iPlayer. Thank you, both of

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you, for staying with us in this very late hour. Coming up, the

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