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The nonsense that Ivanka Trump acts as the president’s moderating force is belied by her own limited worldview

Given his frequent attacks on the media, it is increasingly obvious that Donald J Trump would like us to get our news solely from his Twitter feed. As it happens, I do rely on social media to keep me informed of international events, but I turn to a different app and a different Trump for this. When I really want to know what’s going on, I look at Ivanka Trump’s Instagram.

Ivanka’s photographs can be seen as not-very-cryptic crossword clues about life inside the White House. So, for example, on 24 February, she posted a photo of herself alongside Lisa Phillips, an African American woman who, says Ivanka’s caption, “stands as an inspiration for what one woman can accomplish with passion and perseverance”. This was just a week after Trump’s enthrallingly unhinged press conference, which led to him being accused of, among other things, racism. He had asked April Ryan, an African-American woman and an experienced reporter, to “set up a meeting” with the Congressional Black Caucus, because apparently all black people a) know each other and b) are his servants, no matter how much passion and perseverance they possess.

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The 1930s were humanity’s darkest, bloodiest hour. Are you paying attention?

A decade haunted by mass poverty, violent extremism and world war gives us one crucial advantage: the chance to learn the era’s lessons and avoid its mistakes

Even to mention the 1930s is to evoke the period when human civilisation entered its darkest, bloodiest chapter. No case needs to be argued; just to name the decade is enough. It is a byword for mass poverty, violent extremism and the gathering storm of world war. “The 1930s” is not so much a label for a period of time than it is rhetorical shorthand – a two-word warning from history.

Witness the impact of an otherwise boilerplate broadcast by the Prince of Wales last December that made headlines: “Prince Charles warns of return to the ‘dark days of the 1930s’ in Thought for the Day message.” Or consider the reflex response to reports that Donald Trump was to maintain his own private security force even once he had reached the White House. The Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman’s tweet was typical: “That 1930s show returns.”

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New South Wales police asked to investigate fake doctor

Shyam Acharya already charged by health authority but NSW health minister says maximum $30,000 penalty is inadequate

NSW police have been asked to investigate a man who allegedly stole a doctor’s identity and managed to remain employed for more than a decade at four of the state’s hospitals.

Shyam Acharya has already been charged by the Australia Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority but NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard says the maximum $30,000 penalty is woefully inadequate.

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Samsung completes its biggest acquisition ever

Despite its explosive growth, Samsung has mostly preferred to buy smaller startups or develop its own technology. That changed last November when the company announced it would purchase Harman International Industries, Incorporated for about $8 billi…