Katty Kay: Sick and feeling guilty in a busy news week

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I'm sick. I have shards of glass where my throat used to be. There are hot skewers in my ears (my husband says this is not true; he lies).

Getting out of bed to refill my water glass takes more physical effort than I usually exert in a week. My bed has disappeared under a pile of disgusting used tissues.

I look, feel and sound revolting. I am revolting. My doctor says I have bronchitis, or flu and bronchitis, or flu and an infection.

That sounds mild compared to what I feel. And I confess I was hoping for a more spectacular diagnosis, if only to relieve my guilt.

I should be at work this week. Tillerson is being grilled. Obama is tearful. Strange sexual allegations are trending.

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Donald Trump presidency: Boeing and his chaos theory

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Image caption Mr Trump's own plane is a Boeing 757

Americans voted for Donald Trump (not a majority, but a winning combination) because they wanted change.

They were so fed up with the status quo that they took a gamble on someone who had never held elected office.

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Donald Trump as president - will he be deal-maker or divider?

Media captionWhich Donald Trump will govern?

As Washington swoons in the halcyon promise of unity, a somewhat trite commitment made in the days after every contentious election in modern history, we should not forget that Donald Trump made a campaign habit of fuelling disunity.

It is worth remembering, not out of political grievance, but as a clue to what kind of president he will be.

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US election: The state that defines the American divide

Media captionUS Election 2016: Presiding over a divided flock

Derwin Gray won't say which way he is voting.

The charismatic, former NFL-playing pastor of Transformation Church doesn't want to upset the carefully choreographed racial balance of his evangelical congregation in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Blood on American streets? I doubt it

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I've had the chance to spend time at a couple of Trump events this week. By and large, the people I met were cheerful, kind, (mostly white) middle class Americans.

It's pretty unthinkable that the elderly veteran from Chicago or the nice couple from upstate New York will take up bayonets and charge Pennsylvania Avenue baying for blood if Clinton is elected.

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US election: Driverless cars and other reasons we have Trump

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This election is fascinating because it tells us so much about a country that is rapidly changing. There's no one reason to account for Donald Trump, it is the product of a number of social, economic and cultural shifts.

In no particular order, and you may think of others, here's why I think Donald Trump is the Republican candidate for the White House this year.

1. Never Admire Free Trade Again

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'Cut her mic' moment left me flabbergasted

Media captionBen Carson wanted Katty Kay's mic turned off during a tense interview

"Cut her mic."

No-one's ever said my microphone should be cut before, so when Dr Ben Carson suggested I should be shut up after I asked him if he thought the women accusing Donald Trump of sexual abuse were lying, I was a bit flabbergasted. It sounded almost Soviet.

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The dark secret of sexual assault

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I really hoped I wouldn't have to write another article about sexual abuse during this presidential campaign.

But the latest allegations against Donald Trump have prompted an important national conversation about the wider abuse of women.

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A silver lining in #TrumpTapes story

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Call me Pollyanna but I'm starting to see a silver lining in "Pussygate".

The outpouring of revulsion at what Mr Trump said in that now infamous videotape shows how much attitudes towards women have changed.

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US election 2016: Why this Trump row is different

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Image caption Trump had just married Melania when the recording was made in 2005

A couple of weeks ago, after the row over Trump "fat-shaming" Alicia Machado, I suggested the Republican candidate lay off our weight.

Warning: This article contains some graphic language

Now, and I can hardly believe I'm having to write this, I suggest he lay off our vaginas.

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