Actors Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen, who play Virginia Johnson and William Masters in ‘Masters Of Sex’. Photograph: Jason Kempin/Getty Images

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Pallets of bottled water aboard a US Air Force aircraft in preparation for a humanitarian airdrop over Iraq. Photograph:  US Air Force, Staff Sgt Vernon Young jnr/AP

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Former US presidents George W Bush (L) and George HW Bush wave before an American football game last November. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Is Bush biography a bid to exorcise the ghosts of all who died for no reason?

‘New Yorker’ baseball writer Roger Angell (left) with retired baseball player  George Brett during a reception in Angell’s honour in Cooperstown, New York, at which he received the JG Taylor Spink Award, the Baseball Hall of Fame’s writing honour. Photograph: Nathaniel Brooks/The New York Times

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A recent “Wall Street Journal”/ NBC News/Annenberg centre poll showed that Clinton was the most admired president of the last quarter-century. Photograph: Luong Thai Linh/EPA

Clinton’s displays of empathy provide a sharp contrast with the president’s chilliness

Why is an hour of Chelsea Clinton’s time valued at an amount that most Americans her age don’t make in a year? Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

The Clinton family act as if all they care about is selfless public service

Independence Day fireworks explode over the Washington monument in Washington, DC. Photograph: EPA/Allison Shelley

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Hillary Clinton interviewed by Diane Sawyer on ABC: “When you’re in the spotlight as a woman, you know you’re being judged constantly.” Photograph: Reuters/Martin H Simon/ABC

Opinion: Clinton’s claim that she is no longer scripted and safe is not credible

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