‘The president descended from the mountain for half an hour on Thursday evening, materialising at Nationals Park to schmooze with Democrats and Republicans at the annual congressional baseball game.’ Photograph: Aude Guerrucci/Getty Images

On Saturday mornings, I love to watch reruns of the television Western The Rifleman. Each show is a little moral fable, with Chuck Connors’s widowe(...)

World-renowned economist Dr Arthur Laffer speaking at the Davenport Hotel in Dublin: “Ireland has an opportunity to really lead the world in economic growth and prosperity.” Photograph:  Shane O’Neill/Fennell

Ireland is a paragon of economic virtue when it comes to corporation tax but certifiably “crazy” as far as income tax goes, according to US economist (...)

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,(...)

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(...)

Jeb Bush: the last two presidents in his party were his father and brother, and his brother crashed the family station wagon into the globe. Photograph: Jim Young / Reuters

I had been keeping an open mind on Jeb Bush. I mean, sure, as Florida governor, he helped his brother snatch the 2000 election. And that led to two de(...)

Former US president George W Bush and his vice president Dick Cheney, who has dismissed a Senate  intelligence committee report on the ‘brutal’ CIA torture of al-Qaeda detainees during their administration as ‘full of crap’. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Dick Cheney, George W Bush’s vice president, has dismissed the US Senate report on the “brutal” CIA torture of al-Qaeda detainees during his administr(...)

Former US presidents George W Bush (L) and George HW Bush wave before an American football game last November. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

I can’t wait to read the book W won’t write. Crown Publishers startled everyone last week by announcing the 68-year-old W has written a “personal biog(...)

After protests about imperialism, Condoleezza Rice pulled out of her speech at Rutgers University. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

There has been much mockery of political correctness run amok on college campuses this spring, with knots of know-it-all students and teachers knifing(...)

Towards the end of Errol Morris’s conversations with Donald Rumsfeld, the documentarian – frustrated by a volley of evasions – asks the left’s (...)

Richard Dreyfuss: “Everyone who has worked above the line knows money interferes with every creative act. They are only interested in what they can monetise. It makes you want to vomit after a while”

It seems that Richard Dreyfuss has lost little of his youthful energy. Nor has he softened. Having appeared in a film that, for a year or two, was (...)