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Hello and welcome to our look ahead

to what the papers will be

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bringing us tomorrow.

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With me are Michael Booker,

Deputy Editor of The Express

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and the political commentator Daisy

McAndrew.

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Tomorrow's front

pages...starting with...

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The FT leads on the first charges

made as part of investigations

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into alleged Russian links

to Donald Trump's Presidential

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election campaign,

featuring pictures of

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George Papadopoulos

and Paul Manafort on its front page.

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That is the top story in the

Guardian too, summed up in their

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headline.

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The Metro splash is that

the government is promising

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a crackdown against sexual

harassment at Westminster.

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It's the same lead for

the Daily Telegraph, which reports

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that the story could turn out to be

more embarrassing for MPs

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than the expenses scandal.

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Ministers face being fired over

"inappropriate" behaviour -

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which goes with the same story,

according to The Times.

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It also features a picture of Kevin

Spacey, who today apologised for

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inappropriate advances a young actor

claims he made when he was only 14.

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And the Express focuses on a health

story. But paper this is a dose of

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aspirin a day can halve the risk of

developing some cancers.

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Let's start with the Financial Times

and the story we will be talking

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about for months, the charges in the

Mueller investigation, Daisy.

I

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think a lot of attention will be on

George Papadopoulos, but actually,

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it is the Paul Manafort anger of the

story that I am more interested in.

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This chap was Trump's chief of his

campaign from June until August

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2016, some might say a small period

of time. But this story is about his

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involvement with Viktor Yanukovych

in Ukraine, for whom he was working

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for a number of years, taking

millions of dollars. I have spent

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some time in Kiev earlier this year.

This man was a seriously unpleasant

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criminal, running a country,

stealing billions of dollars, who

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has now fled after he was unseated.

It was not a bloodless unseating.

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100 were killed as a direct result

of his actions. We had the war in

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Crimea and he is now being harboured

in Russia. He is a seriously nasty

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piece of work and Trump's right-hand

man was working for him, getting

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thousands of dollars every month. He

is now accused of laundering $18

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million. I think that shows you the

type of man he is and we should not

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underestimate the influence of

Ukraine and Russia on this story and

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how entwined it all is.

But what is

difficult for people to understand

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is how everything is linked. Robert

Mueller is meant...

If you listen to

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Donald Trump, it has nothing to do

with him. Then when he heard about

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George Papadopoulos admitting to

lying, he went a bit quiet on

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Twitter. This was seen as indicative

that he may be a bit worried. But he

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does not always show that he is

worried about anything. In the FT it

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says it is a serious threat to the

president. The White House has

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denied any tie-up, but these

indictments are digging away at the

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side issues to get towards Donald

Trump himself. There were stories

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over the weekend that he would not

bother standing in 2020, because it

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has all been too much for him. He

does not like the spotlight on him.

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And away the FBI are working this,

clearly Robert Mueller is only

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bringing in his indictments when he

is certain. And as he gets these

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people like George Papadopoulos, he

has gone towards them and they have

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said, I will cooperate. Will

Manafort now start to operate will.

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With his business partner? It is the

Al Capone way. You get them on tax

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evasion and then see if you can get

them on something else.

The

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Financial Times says the three

indictments revealed the twin track

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approach taken by Mr Manafort in

this investigation -- the approach

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taken by Mr Mueller.

He is being

clever and he has to be. Trump and

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his administration want rid of him,

and you can see why.

Manafort is

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under house arrest now. I assume the

FBI will not let him, but I am sure

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he must be tempted to do as many

others do and go to Moscow and stay

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there for a bit.

That story is

clearly going to run. Let's move to

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the front page of the Metro, also

something I suspect has a lot of

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legs on it. Pestminster crackdown.

A

lot of MPs are worried at this time

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of night when the papers are shown

on television, because they worry if

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they are the ones who are going to

be publicised.

But they will only be

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publicised if they have done

something wrong.

And it sounds as if

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a few of them have done something

wrong. In Westminster, Andrea

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Leadsom was talking about how they

want to see a tough and independent

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panel created so that victims can go

to them with complaints and then be

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urged to go to the police. You would

think they normally should go to the

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police, but in an environment like

this where there are powerful men,

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women don't want to make complaints

because it can affect their career.

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Hopefully, it will have some effect,

but 36 Tory MPs are accused of

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sleaze. There are four Labour MPs at

the moment also facing separate

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claims that they have sexually

harassed women. There is clearly a

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big problem in society.

Let me bring

in the front page of the Daily

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Telegraph, with the same story. They

are saying the sex scandal could be

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worse than expenses. An

exaggeration?

It could be worse, but

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there is a danger that lots of

different types of behaviour are all

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lumped into one dustbin and all men

are being thrown into that dustbin.

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The power point is an important one.

This is the behaviour that Harvey

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Weinstein is being accused of, that

he was using his powerful position

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to bully, attack and harass women

who he felt he had power over

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because they wanted to be in his

movies. When you move that situation

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to the House of Commons, of course

there are situations like that.

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Sometimes, they are just clumsy men

who have had a drink too many and

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are making a pass to a woman. That

is not the same thing. People are

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now saying it is a witchhunt. Others

say it is just a way of getting men

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off the hook. The truth is somewhere

in the middle.

It is this use of the

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word inappropriate. Where does

inappropriate" and begin? I don't

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think we have set those boundaries

yet as a society -- where does

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inappropriate end and criminal

begin's you and I have both worked

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in the House of Commons, Reeta.

I

was lucky enough never to experience

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anything like that from an MP, but

the power balance was not there. I

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was a journalist. I didn't want to

be a politician, so they couldn't

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further my career apart from maybe

giving me a story, which is not the

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same kind of power balance. Some of

these women are saying politicians

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were trying to exert their authority

in an unseemly way by saying, if you

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want to be a candidate, I can help

you.

In the Telegraph, they say two

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women have left one minister's

employer because of his behaviour.

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It could make or break those women's

careers. They may no longer think

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they want to be in politics.

For

some people, the worms are turning

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and saying, why didn't these women

report it? We all know why they did,

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because they would become the story

and people would say, a

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troublemaker.

I am going to stop you

there because we want to get through

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a few of these stories. The other

story on the front page of the Daily

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Telegraph is Kevin Spacey's house of

cards cancelled after harassment

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claims.

They are doing a sixth

series at the moment. Netflix have

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announced they will not do a

seventh. That was announced last

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night on Buzzfeed when the story

came out from Anthony Rapp, who was

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14 in 1986 and Kevin Spacey invited

him to a party and made a sexual

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advance on him. There has been a lot

of controversy firstly about that

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and secondly about the fact that he

says he can't remember it, but if it

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did happen he is sorry and he said,

by the way, I am now living as a gay

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man, which people have seen as an

attempt to somehow wriggle out of it

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. But at the same time, he has

caused uproar by somehow conflating

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making sexual advances against a

child with homosexuality, which for

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a long time, the gay community have

been trying to get away from that

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bigotry.

A miscalculation?

Certainly, because it looks so

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cynical. If he provides the press

with the story of him coming out of

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the closet, which is what he is

doing, he then stops the attention.

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I have read a lot of members of the

gay community saying, this is

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outrageous. They are not saying he

should have come out. But to come

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out today seems very cynical. And

then to somehow link it, almost as

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if to say, this is just what happens

if you are a gay man in the closet,

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you make inappropriate advances on

young boys, no, it isn't. Nobody

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believes that. He has made himself

very unpopular with the community he

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has only publicly joined today.

Let's move onto the front page of

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your paper, Michael. Aspirin cuts

cancer risk.

Well, it is different

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to all the other front pages. This

is good, because a lot of people

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take aspirin every day. This is a

study that has been done of 600,000

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people who have taken this for at

least six months, and it seems to

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have reduced the chances of being

struck down by a number of digestive

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system cancers by up to 50%, things

like stomach, pancreas and bowel

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cancer fell. We had the decision of

whether to go with something like

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Kevin Spacey or Trump on the front

page, but that is all inside the

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newspaper. This is the sort of thing

a lot of people will talk about as

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well. And it has not been part of

the news agenda during the day.

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Michael, we know the Express often

goes with a health story on the

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front. You and your colleagues are

sometimes teased about that. But

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presumably, it must work for you.

There must be a reason why you do so

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many health stories. Is it because

you think people are bored of the

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politics?

I think you have to

sometimes give people something

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different. You know there are so

many newspapers that will go down

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similar lines. This story is part of

something that is embargoed until

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tomorrow morning, so no one will

have read it already. Newspapers are

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all fighting for their lives, so if

you can give them something

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different, why not?

And the other

different thing you have given is

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the royal kiss. Is that news?

We

believe that is the first kiss on

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the lips that Prince Charles and

Camilla have done in 2005. We have

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been talking about how in recent

weeks, the Royal Family are getting

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more touchy-feely. They are not as

cold as the monarchy used to be and

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this is another example of it. She

has been at a yoga retreat.

She has

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been doing her downward dog. 12

years, they have been married.

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Doesn't time fly? Thank you both

very much. My client Daisy. That is

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it for the paper tonight. You can

see the front pages of the papers

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online on the BBC News website. --

Michael and David. And if you missed

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the programme any evening, you can

watch it later on BBC iPlayer.

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Bye-bye.

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