In this photograph from the November 10th, 1967 issue of Life magazine, Bobbie Gentry strolls across the Tallahatchie Bridge in Money, Mississippi. The bridge collapsed in June 1972

It was July 1967.When the needle dropped you would have heard the insistent strum of what sounded like a small guitar in a big room, and then the wooz(...)

‘He’s alone on the stage – always his preferred setting. As an isolato, he can say what he thinks and define himself on his own terms. He can ascend to the mountaintop and ignore us when we pester him to come down.’ Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The talk up in Boston is all about deflation while the talk down here is all about inflation. Our sleek, techie president, whose battery dies f(...)

Cody Keenan (fourth from left) joined the Obama campaign speechwriting team in 2007 and then assumed responsibility for writing addresses at the White House. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images 2:12

One night last week Cody Keenan, the chief White House speechwriter President Barack Obama has christened “Hemingway”, knew he needed help.Keenan had (...)

Barack Obama’s  policy shift on Cuba shows a more determined leader who is working through his promised agenda before his term ends. Photograph: Pete Souza/Reuters

US president Barack Obama’s decision to radically shift US policy toward Cuba is the latest and most striking example of a president unleashed from th(...)

Economist Jonathan Gruber: claimed Obamacare legislation passed Congress because of a ‘lack of transparency’ and ‘the stupidity of the American voter’. Photograph: Evan McGlinn/the New York Times

Loose talk – or candid views, depending on your political leaning – from an academic health economist came like manna from heaven for Republicans a(...)

Hillary Clinton arrives at a bookstore in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, to promote her memoir Hard Choices. The visit came while President Barack Obama was vacationing on the island. Photograph: Matthew Healey/New York Times 1:33

Hillary Rodham Clinton blew into this tiny island town like a fast-moving hurricane yesterday, creating a commotion at the Bunch of Grapes bookstor(...)

A recent “Wall Street Journal”/ NBC News/Annenberg centre poll showed that Clinton was the most admired president of the last quarter-century. Photograph: Luong Thai Linh/EPA

The thing about him is, he just keeps going. At 67 he continues to be, as Anna Quindlen once wrote, like one of those inflatable toys with sand(...)

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

America’s infatuation with the World Cup came at the perfect moment, illuminating the principle that you can lose and still advance. Once our n(...)

David Axelrod: “I have had some long conversations with Ed Miliband over the course of the past year and it was less about politics, and more about this issue of how in the 21st century you create healthy economies in which opportunity is broadly available, and people can stay ahead of the cost of living”. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Barack Obama’s most influential adviser during two presidential victories has been hired to advise the British Labour party on its 2015 electi(...)

 President Barack Obama and US Vice President Joe Biden  in the private dining room of the White House yesterday.  According to reports, the Obama administration denied that press access to the meeting had anything to do the  revelations released in the memoir of former defence secretary Robert Gates. Photograph:   Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images

The White House and former Obama administration aides have spoken out against stinging criticism levelled by former US defence secretary Robert Gates (...)