US senator Ted Cruz  with his wife Heidi Nelson Cruz and children at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, on Monday, after announcing his intention to run for president. Cruz’s wacko status is precisely  his appeal.  Photograph: Jay Paul/Bloomberg

Liberals, political reporters and people who revel in the general recurrent ridiculousness of American politics could not hide their delight in the ir(...)

William J. Maxwell: ‘Poring over novels, stories, essays, poems, and plays as well as political commentary and intercepted correspondence, the FBI acted as a kind of half-buried readers’ bureau with aboveground effects on the making of black art.’

The official and respectable inspiration behind my new book, F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover’s Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature, involv(...)

Maureen McDonnell will follow her husband Robert McDonnell into prison after being sentenced to a year and a day for political corruption

Never has a dietary supplement caused so much political damage. Maureen McDonnell, wife of the former Virginia governor, will follow her husband Robe(...)

An MQ-1 Predator drone: the lifting of sales restriction is likely to lead to a flood of request for purchases. Photograph: Lt Col Leslie Pratt

The United States government has agreed to sell to more allies armed unmanned aircraft or drones, controversially used in the wars in Iraq and Afghan(...)

A combination photo shows a sequence of an explosion erupting from a CSX Corp train derailment in Mount Carbon, West Virginia February 16th, 2015. Photograph: Reuters/Steve Keenan 0:46

A train hauling 109 cars of crude oil derailed in West Virginia on Monday, setting a number of cars ablaze and forcing the evacuation of two towns.CSX(...)

Snow in Boston, Massachusetts. Winter Storm Neptune is forecast to hit the US northeast. Photograph: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg

Another winter storm, named Neptune, is taking aim at the US northeast, threatening blizzard conditions and severe cold in parts of New England alrea(...)

Heartbreak and heartache are music’s common currency. They’re emotions attached to records which arrive in a funk of blue and bring the listener ta(...)

Andy Murray: took grilling over his forthcoming wedding in good spirits.  Photograph:  Issei Kato/Reuters

Gary Lineker looked a bit glum yesterday. On a weekend overflowing with FA Cup thrills and spills, the BBC ended up with Bristol City 0, West Ham 1, a(...)

Prince Andrew is attending the 45th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/AP

Britain’s Prince Andrew has made his first public comment on allegations that he had sex with an underage girl, reiterating previous official denials (...)

 Buckingham Palace has strenuously denied any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors by Prince Andrew, after being named in US court papers. Photograph: Getty

Lawyers for a woman who claims she was made to have under-age sex with Prince Andrew have formally requested that he respond to her allegations under (...)