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

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

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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 (...)

Matthew E White: ’Ironically, I think making Big Inner and recording with very specific structures in mind was freedom in a way for me from how I used to play with free jazz’

Back in the day, Matthew E White was a free jazz kind of guy. For 10 years or so, this was his musical religion. The freewheeling, unstructured, impro(...)