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Trump: 'Flynn was treated unfairly'
Trump: 'Flynn was treated unfairly'

Analysis: Trump criticises the intelligence community and the media for the news reports that ultimately led to national…

Odd outbursts in huge week of change

COMMENT: The departure of John Key and rise of Bill English as Prime Minister prompted some unexpected reactions.

Nats rump revels in glorious anarchy

COMMENT: Alas, poor John, an ominous rumbling noise started in the bowels of the party's massive backbench rump. It could…

Plethora of options for new top team

COMMENT: The contest to become Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister is starting to look like an elaborate wiring diagram…

Time of schemes and deals and election dreams
Time of schemes and deals and election dreams

It's less than a year until the next election and judging from all the talk there are set to be more deals on the table…

Garrison Keillor: Done. Over. He's here. Goodbye.
Garrison Keillor: Done. Over. He's here. Goodbye.

COMMENT: Raw ego and proud illiteracy have won out and a severely learning-disabled man with a real character problem will…

Election break-down: How the US voted
Election break-down: How the US voted

Donald Trump is the president-elect of the United States of America, and he did it by completely blowing up the electoral…

Braunias: Trump, a thrilling, scary mask
Braunias: Trump, a thrilling, scary mask

COMMENT: He was the slime that oiled the old, deserted machinery of American politics, and got it running.

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Lesson: It pays to check the numbers

Lesson: It pays to check the numbers

COMMENT: The theme of the Labour Party conference last weekend was "Backing the Kiwi Dream", writes Claire Trevett.

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Two months to get a grip on Trump

Two months to get a grip on Trump

Perhaps the best feature of the American electoral system is that it gives us two and a half months to recover our composure before the new president takes office.

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Barry Soper: Life goes on in NYC during election

Barry Soper: Life goes on in NYC during election

COMMENT: When the final result's declared, those packed into the bars in the Big Apple will be none the wiser.

NZ politics: Water, a new party and pies

NZ politics: Water, a new party and pies

It came as something of a shock to get off the plane after a week in New York to hear calls for a state of emergency to be declared in safe little old New Zealand.

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Time to weigh up NZ's term at UN top table

Time to weigh up NZ's term at UN top table

COMMENT: Claire Trevett assesses New Zealand's term at the UN's top table.

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Lost luggage bill off conveyor belt and into fire

Lost luggage bill off conveyor belt and into fire

No man is an island according to John Donne, but poor old National MP Nuk Korako must have felt that way as he stood to defend his member's bill in Parliament this week.

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Ministers in the firing line as Little takes aim

Ministers in the firing line as Little takes aim

Labour leader Andrew Little's first move on the first day back at Parliament after a month's recess was to announce he had found the silver bullet to solve the housing crisis.

Clark snub sound of a party standing its ground

Clark snub sound of a party standing its ground

There has been a slight irony in developments around the race to be UN Secretary-General this week.

Democrats Trumped - chaos as strategy

Democrats Trumped - chaos as strategy

Trump's loose and provocative talk about the Russians and Clinton's emails seemed beyond even his standards for creating turmoil and controversy.

Claire Trevett: Rats! Labour caught in a trap of its own making

Claire Trevett: Rats! Labour caught in a trap of its own making

Key's goal was to make New Zealand pest-free by 2050. The conservationists cheered aloud.

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