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Trump’s passports confiscated by FBI

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PM ‘not working’ on holiday

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Truss may stop £400 energy grant

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UK approves dual Covid jab

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Pro: nobody is above the law

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Con: making Trump a martyr

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Pro: putting evidence first

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Con: exacerbating divisions in US

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