US soldiers at a base near Najaf, Iraq, in 2004. “The government does a very good job of sending people to war and a very poor job of bringing them home.”  Photograph: AP Photo/Saurabh Das

When I close my eyes, I can easily flash back to a time when it was cool to call people in uniform “pigs” and “baby killers.” If you had any family me(...)

British actor Dominic West: after playing Iago and the English serial killer Fred West, he yearned for a more heroic role. “I was really keen to play a good guy, so this is the good guy I’m playing – a cheating husband.” Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

We live in a world awash in unreliable narrators. Officials at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital were unreliable narrators on Ebola. The internet(...)

“Gone Girl” starring Ben Affleck opened last weekend with the backdrop of cover-ups on NFL domestic violence.

Fighting Superman is super hard. “The guy is tough,” says Ben Affleck, who is playing Batman in a new iteration filming now in Detroit where the Caped(...)

Julia Pierson prepares to testify before a White House committee last month. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Did Julia Pierson get pushed off the glass cliff? Writing in the New Republic, Bryce Covert suggests that Pierson’s sex – she was the first woman to r(...)

A Syrian refugee and her children are among the 140,000 people that have fled Kurdish villages in northern Syria to escape Islamic State attacks. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

At the United Nations on Wednesday, US president Barack Obama was urging young people across the Muslim world to reject benighted values, even as A(...)

Willie Nelson. Comedian Bill Maher offered Colorado some tips on marijuana, such as avoidinbg selling novices kief – superconcentrated crystals so potent that they’re “harvested directly from Willie Nelson’s beard”. Photograph: Rick Olivier

When Willie Nelson invites you to get high with him on his bus, you go. The man is the patron saint of pot, after all, and I’m the poster girl for (...)

Pressure is on  NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to resign. Photograph: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

When Roger Goodell was growing up here, he had the best possible example of moral leadership. His father, a moderate New York Republican appointed by (...)

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

Is sex more important than music, war, sports and vampires? Is sex more important than Nixon?Michael Sheen thinks so.The nimble Welsh actor has played(...)

Course of action: US president Barack Obama golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, Martha’s Vineyard, at the weekend. Photograph: Steven Senne/AP

Fore! Score? And seven trillion rounds ago, our forecaddies brought forth on this continent a new playground, conceived by Robert Trent Jones, and ded(...)

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

It was exhilarating to drop a bunch of 500-lb bombs on whatstheirname. Just when Americans thought they could stop trying to figure out the dif(...)