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Hello and welcome to our look ahead

to what the the papers will be

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bringing us tomorrow.

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With me are Charlie Wells,

deputy Snapchat editor

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at the Economist and Hugh Muir,

associate editor at The Guardian.

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Tomorrow's front pages,

starting with...

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The Metro says Theresa May

is planning new measures

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to help the UK cut down

on its throwaway culture.

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There's also a picture that of

Meghan Markle on her visit to

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Brixton.

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Following her reshuffle,

the Mail says the Prime Minister has

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made the cabinet more inclusive

and representative of the UK.

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There are now more women and MPs

from minority backgrounds.

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Warnings from EU regulators

on the consequences of a no-deal

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Brexit, is the lead in the Financial

Times.

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Meanwhile the Telegraph says Germany

is planning to scupper plans

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for a bespoke UK trade deal.

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The Express highlights

the plight of some pensioners.

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It reports that many are struggling

to live on £7000 a year.

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The Guardian says Donald Trump wants

to loosen the rules regarding the

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use of nuclear weapons. A hospital

in Oxford which is delaying

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treatment for terminally ill cancer

patients is the Times' top story.

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The i focusses on the gender

pay gap at the BBC,

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following the corporation's decision

to take Winifred Robinson,

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off Radio 4, after she posted

her views on the issue.

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We are going to start with the

Financial Times. Brussels serves

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notice of no Deal Brexit for UK

industry.

Say this is an interesting

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and probably frustrating strategy

for Brexit supporters in the UK.

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Essentially what has been going on

is the EU has been telling business

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leaders in a very wide array of

industries ranging from pig breeders

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to drug makers that they need to be

prepared for a no deal Brexit.

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Theresa May isn't doing this, this

is the European Union century

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speaking to Sara gets in some sense

here in the UK and telling them they

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need to be ready. This seems to

indicate that the EU is much more

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prepared to negotiate than the UK

is.

It would seem prudent, wouldn't

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it, that British industry, farming,

whatever, British society, is

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prepared for a possible no deal.

Yes, but the significance of this is

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that all through the negotiations so

far we've been led to believe that

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the no deal Brexit is almost a joke

in the pack and our secret weapon

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here and if we deploy that Europe

will be completely befuddled. This

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is saying, no they won't. They know

that's an option and they are

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preparing for that very well. The

Financial Times says David Davis is

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very angry about the warnings the EU

have been giving to people to be

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prepared for the no deal Brexit. He

seems surprised that some British

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companies might have to decamp to

the continent if there isn't a deal.

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Didn't we know all that already? It

does seem to be something dawning

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upon the Brexiteers and the

government that just seemed obvious

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to begin with. There's a quote here

from the Brussels to spokesman

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saying we are surprised the UK

Government is surprised that the

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commission is preparing for a no

deal scenario. I think you can add

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me to that, I'm surprised too.

The

front page of The Daily Telegraph on

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a similar thing, German threat to

Brexit trade deal. Angela Merkel

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strong opposition may torpedo

blueprint. There were some who were

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hoping Angela Merkel doesn't form a

coalition and doesn't get back into

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power.

What we've seen since the

election in Germany is that Angela

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Merkel is somewhat diminished. What

we see with this story being on the

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front page is that she still does

hold a strong degree of sway. What

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she seems to be doing here and why

Brexiteers are probably worried, is

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that she and her German allies are

taking issue with this three baskets

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approach that Britain seems to be

trying to pursue with Britain, in

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which Britain would look at areas

where it wants to a line with

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Europe, areas where it wants to

diverged with Europe, and areas in

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the middle. Angela Merkel is saying,

that is cherry picking and it's not

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going to happen.

Precisely the kind

of deal if the UK got it that might

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make it rather nice for other

countries to leave the European

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Union.

Which is why in the cold

light of day Europe aren't

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necessarily going to play along with

that. This is all about the imagery.

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They are saying you won't get this

free basket scenario because it

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sounds like another version of

having your cake and eating it.

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Aspiration that you foist before.

Again, it just seems that in a way

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they are kind of ahead of us in

terms of where we want to go

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strategically. I'm not sure that we

are springing many surprises on them

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at all.

I wanted to talk about

negotiating which you were getting

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at. Over the past few days we had

seen Theresa May struggle to get

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what she wants from members of her

own party or in her own government.

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I can only imagine what it might be

like behind closed doors when

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Theresa May is sitting down with EU

negotiators trying to get what she

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wants from the second-largest

economy in the world, with 27 member

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states who are likely in opposition

to her position, that worries me.

We

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almost seemed to be proceeding as if

all of the shenanigans that we have

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here, the farce, the comedic nature

of the reshuffle that we seen in the

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last 48 hours, doesn't translate

itself across the water. If they

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don't know what's going on and on

saying here is another illustration,

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the fact she's not in control.

To be

fair with the massive loss of

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authority that she ended up having

as a result of the election last

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year, she still managed to get

through to the second phase of talks

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with the European Union. She still

managed to find her feet and move

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forward.

She's clearly limping.

She's still on her feet, but

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limping. LAUGHTER

There's an

interesting point in the sense that

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EU ministers seem a bit optimistic

that some countries, the Nordics,

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the Netherlands and what have you,

might not be completely on-board

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with Germany's position. I think if

I were a Brexiteer which I certainly

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am not, that might be some room for

optimism. If the 27 member states

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start afraid, then there potentially

is some room in the negotiations for

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Britain but that's probably quite

unlikely.

Brexiteers would say to

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you, be positive, that's the point.

The front page of The Telegraph has

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a cartoon with a lovely take on it.

A guy comes in and find a dog on the

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sofa. He says to his wife, I'm not

going to ask him to move because

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when he refuses my authority will be

weakened.

Staying on the front page

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of The Telegraph, a quick look at

this. Black cab rapist could be free

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to contact victims after his

release. This is John Warboys who

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was given parole.

This is startling

and is a story we've been seeing in

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the papers over the weekend. Just

the fact that Mr Warboys potentially

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could be free within a matter of

weeks, it sounds like it's going to

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be up to his parole officer whether

or not he can contact his victims.

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That seems incredibly problematic to

me. Sexual abuse is a huge issue.

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It's an emotional issue and it can

trigger people. I'm highly concerned

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that someone could contact someone

who had had that sort of experience

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and something needs to be done about

this.

The problem is not necessarily

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those women involved in the cases

that brought convictions, it's those

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women who came forward afterwards

because he can't necessarily contact

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those involved in those cases, but

there is no prohibition on him

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contacting those who were making

allegations after. It is a serious

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thing. It will be a big thing for

the Justice Secretary to sort out.

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He's already called an enquiry. The

Financial Times, Pyongyang and 's

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hole seek to ease tensions with

Winter Olympics thaw.

It's about the

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healing power of sport in that the

bridal area, there are talks between

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North Korea and South Korea and on

the back of a promise that North

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Korea might be able to send athletes

to next month's Winter Olympics in

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South Korea, they seem to have gone

on and are now talking about holding

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military talks. Which is, in a way,

quite heartening. The tensions there

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have been so worrying for a while.

But not good for President Trump

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because of course he's been trying

to enlist South Korea to try and

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freeze out North Korea and one of

the repercussions of the talks might

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be that South Korea might actually

relax some of the sanctions in

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particular to allow athletes to come

to the Winter Olympics. There are

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many reasons The Donald Trump not to

be too happy to night but there's

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another one.

Let's go straight onto

The Guardian, US to loosen rules on

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use of nuclear arms. Proposal raises

fears of conflict amid concerns over

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Trump's temperaments stop -- Trump's

temperaments stop yellow nuclear

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powers have needed to update their

rules for a long period of

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they need to be updated, nuclear

technology has certainly changed and

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a lot of the capabilities of certain

countries especially in the US need

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to change. A lot of these nuclear

weapons are ageing. That said, this

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piece speaks to some experts who are

concerned that some of these rules

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go a bit too loose. So that the

United States could theoretically

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use nuclear weapons in moments when

they are not being attacked by

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nuclear weapons themselves. The fear

is that this could change how other

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countries think that they could

potentially use their nuclear

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weapons and theoretically could use

us to a state where we are closer to

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a nuclear confrontation which I

think nobody wants.

The context is

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that all the while, while we are

having these discussions and talking

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about maybe using a low yield

nuclear warheads, we are normalising

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the idea of a nuclear conflict.

We

are talking about it constantly.

If

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it happened it will be bad, it might

not be terrible, we would survive

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that...

The proposed bloody nosed

strategy that America is talking

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about in terms of a strategic attack

on a North Korean installation if

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they had another test.

There is no

way the United States could conduct

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a bloody nose attack or a stealth

strategy into North Korea.

It would

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leave Seoul pretty open to attack.

Steve Bannon, the intellectual

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underpinning of the populist

revolution in America and just a few

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months ago the chief counsellor to

the president is out of Breitbart.

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The right-wing website that really

put him on the map. Extraordinary.

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This is a story that changes day by

day and the allegiances seem to

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change Day by day. Steve Bannon of

course was quoted extensively in

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that book, the Michael Wolff book

Fire and Fury. He said some things

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which I think he tried to row back

on yesterday.

Editing some people

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who helped to fund Breitbart which

was a big supporter of Trump and the

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word was that they were threatening

to withdraw their funding. They had

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talks about Steve Bannon and what to

do about him and it looks as if he's

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out.

It means that Donald Trump is

the intellectual force behind this

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populist revolution now. When it

always was Steve Bannon, yet he's

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gone and is Donald Trump really that

kind of person?

Donald Trump was

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registered as a Democrat for a

while. I think you have your answer

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from that. I think it speaks to the

fact that Donald Trump's base once

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words. They like the things he says.

He has a track record of saying

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things that they want to hear and

they don't really care about

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policies. They don't even think

government should do things. And a

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peripheral figure, granted Steve

Bannon was quite close but has gone

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into the periphery, I don't think

that base is going to care much

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about a satellite getting loose.

I

think the chaos could be important

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depending on what happens with

Robert Mueller's investigation.

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Finally on the front of some of the

front pages, The Daily Mail has a

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picture of Meghan Markle. The crowd

shout, we love you, as she visits

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Brixton. Apparently a lots of them

were saying we aren't interested in

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Harry, it's Meghan we want to see.

As a fellow American who lived in

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Britain, I'm happy to see that. I've

been a fan of hers since her early

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days on TV and I have Meghan mania

also. I'm a big Suits fan.

Thank you

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so much for looking at some of the

stories behind the headlines.

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That's it for The Papers tonight.

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Don't forget you can see the front

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on the BBC News website.

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It's all there for you - seven days

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later on BBC iPlayer.

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Thank you Charlie

Wells and Hugh Muir.

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Goodbye.

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