Jay Newton-Small

Jay Newton-Small is the congressional correspondent for TIME. Born in New York, she spent time growing up in Asia, Australia and Europe following her vagabond United Nations parents. A graduate of Tufts University and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, Jay previously covered politics for Bloomberg News. And, yes, despite the misleading name SHE is a she.

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Chic Britons Have a New Cause Célèbre: Gypsies

For centuries Romany gypsies and a nomadic group traditionally called the Irish Travelers have roamed the British Isles, branded by demagogues as thieves, child snatchers and thugs. Their numbers have dwindled as U.K. authorities have blocked their roaming ways. Forced into trailer parks, or to the nomads’ horror, permanent homes, the

Q&A with Mahmud Nacua, Libyan Charge d’Affairs in London

Mahmud Nacua, 74, never expected to be an ambassador. Nor did he ever expect to step foot in Libya’s embassy in London, let alone run it. But that’s exactly where the former journalist for Arabic language papers Asharq Al-awsat and Alhayat, who spent two years in prison in Libya for his writings in the 1970s, finds himself – …

The Bloody History of London’s Infamous Libyan Embassy

Senussi el-Bijou and Muftah Abdelsamad spent the last 34 years protesting outside the Libyan embassy in London. Today, they can come and go as they please, honored guests of the building’s new management: the National Transitional Council. “It is thanks to these men, our elders, that we are here,” says Emad Elgaziwe, one of …

When Is Inciting a Riot on Facebook Right? And When Is It Wrong?

London was atwitter Wednesday after a court handed two Cheshire men four-year sentences for trying unsuccessfully to use Facebook to incite riots. Some branded the sentence too harsh; others said it was too lenient. But everyone had an opinion.

“There seems to be a complete lack of proportionality to some of the

As the GOP Presidential Race Heats Up, British Fascination Grows



Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry may be going head to head for the first time in Waterloo, Iowa tonight, but at London’s Waterloo Tube Station Monday morning, commuters couldn’t read enough about their showdown 4,000 miles away.


News of the Ames straw poll and Perry’s South Carolina campaign announcement have flooded …

After the Riots: the Economic Cost of London’s Mayhem

The shocking violence that rocked some of the U.K.’s biggest cities has ebbed, but the country is still counting the costs of the destruction — not only in lives (so far, five), but to property, tourism, and the difficult work of repairing the country’s reputation. The riots came at a wretched moment for the British—plunged in the …

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