The joke circulates in Hollywood that Hillary is like Coca-Cola’s Dasani water: She’s got a great distribution system, but nobody likes the taste. Photograph: Eric Thayer/New York Times

Is Hollywood really ready to give a 67-year-old woman a leading role in a big-budget production? Hillary Clinton’s campaign has echoes of various cla(...)

An Uber car in New York: an article in Business Insider advised giving an extra cash tip  if you want a five-star rating. Photograph: Sam Hodgson /The New York Times

On a reporting expedition to Los Angeles recently, I realised I could stop renting cars. I would never again have to brave the LA freeway behind the w(...)

George W Bush (left) with Jeb Bush in 2006. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

It isn’t about what we know now. It’s about what we knew then. It is simply not true, as Republican presidential aspirant Scott Walker said on Friday,(...)

Tara suffered a stroke after playing tennis but was advised by a neurologist to stay active

The thing that’s easy to miss about Tara is how competitive she is. In a big Irish family of gabby, argumentative people, my niece is a lovely, willow(...)

In 2008, Hillary Clinton took advice from two men – Bill Clinton and Mark Penn – and campaigned like a man. Now she must figure out how to campaign as a woman. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

The most famous woman on the planet has a confounding problem. She can’t figure out how to campaign as a woman.In 2008, Hillary Clinton took advice fr(...)

US congresswoman Carolyn Maloney speaks during a ‘Ready for Hillary’ rally in New York. Photograph: Darren Ornitz/Reuters 0:52

When my brother Michael was a Senate page, he delivered mail to John F Kennedy and Richard Nixon, who had offices across the hall from each other. (...)

Claire Danes in “Homeland”: the CIA sisterhood is fed up with the flock of fictional CIA women. Photograph: Didier Baverel/Showtime

The co-creator of Homeland on Showtime revealed recently that when the new season starts, Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison will no longer work at the CIA(...)

Jeb Bush: though he is more apt to do his homework, he’s unformed on foreign policy, like his brother – except that his brother was elected before 9/11. Photograph: Jabin Botsford/New York Times

James Baker can take credit for two presidencies and one vice-presidency in the Bush family. So it’s a tad ungracious for a Bush to take Baker to task(...)

There was an attempt to rebrand cats to be less snobby and more in tune with the huggy internet age

Pity the poor cat. Somehow that creature of infinite detachment emerged as the symbol of incessant attachment here at South by Southwest (SxSW) in Aus(...)

Hillary, you seem like an annoyed queen, radiating irritation at anyone who tries to hold you accountable.  Photograph: Seth Wenig/AP

Since open letters to secretive and duplicitous regimes are in fashion, we would like to post an Open Letter to the Leaders of the Clinton Republic of(...)