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

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Governor of California Jerry Brown: “I don’t see anyone challenging [Hillary Clinton] at this point.” Photographer: Ken James/Bloomberg

Governor of California says former adversary is in strong position for White House

US President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn of the White House. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Ahead of the midterms, a sense of malaise is building around Obama and the Democrats

A woman cries while meeting US president Barack Obama at the Coral Reef High School in Miami, Florida, last week. Photograph: Reuters/Yuri Gripas

There are many things the unpopular US president just doesn’t get

Hillary Clinton: “She’s always on listening tours but is she hearing?” Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The Clintons don’t get defeated in elections: they get postponed

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New Jersey governor Chris Christie speaks during a town hall meeting about Hurricane Sandy relief at a VFW hall in Port Monmouth last Thursday. The meeting was Christie’s first time speaking to New Jersey voters since the scandal involving abuse of power and the closing of access lanes at the George Washington Bridge erupted in early January. Photograph: Fred R Conrad/The New York Times

The New Jersey governor is a stark contrast to the wan Obama

French President François Hollande delivers a speech at the French Tech Hub in San Francisco, California, as part of his three-day state visit to the US. Photograph: EPA/Alain Jocard

François Hollande is thought to be a loser in the US because he’s so unrefined he might as well be American

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