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Judging politicians on their private lives is totally inappropriate

In this month in 1996, Bill Clinton denied having sexual relations with a young White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. For the next few months the alleged affair remained front-page news, with journalists and the public speculating whether the allegations were true. The rumours were finally confirmed in the summer of 1998, when Lewinsky testified in […]

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Grief police: the politics of sympathy

The terrorist attacks in Paris triggered a widespread reaction all over the world, but it wasn’t all the same. First, there was grief. People grieved for those they knew and didn’t, changed their profile pictures to the colours of the French flag and shared emotional posts by victims and journalists alike. And then there were […]