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

Opinion: defensive US is struggling to come to grips with the loss of its sense of greatness

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

Google Inc branded candy on display inside the company’s offices in Berlin, Germany. The European Court of Justice ruled last week that Google and other search engines can be forced to remove search results.  Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

The European Court of Justice’s ruling enshrines the right to forget

After protests about imperialism, Condoleezza Rice pulled out of her speech at Rutgers University. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Overly PC students missed a chance to hear Rice explain her fall from grace

Although Pope Francis has said that women could gain greater power in the church, other comments have been typically atavistic. Photograph: Claudio Peri/EPA

Whether deliberate or not, Vatican ambiguity is most harsh on women

Everywhere you look, the Clintons rule: Chelsea Clinton and former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton take part in a No Ceilings Conversation at Lower Eastside Girls’ Club in New York. Photograph: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

As a tired and fed-up Obama looks ready to pass the baton, Hillary looks ready to grab it

Rancher Cliven Bundy: has refused for 20 years to pay for grazing on federal land. Photograph: David Becker/Getty Images

Bigoted views of folk hero Cliven Bundy proves embarrassing for Republicans

The Ford Mustang’s $2,368 price tag in 1964 made it affordable to the horde of baby boomers that were just reaching driving age or heading off to college. Photograph: Reuters/Ford Motor Company

Since its launch in 1964, Ford’s Mustang has been an affordable classic

Comedian Stephen Colbert, who describes himself as “an omnivore,” who loves everything from ‘A Man for All Seasons’ to ‘Jackass’. Photograph: Reuters/Jim Bourg

Opinion: new US ‘Late Show’ host has surgical wit but is no radical

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