Former US president George HW Bush: “Like many uptight, upper-class families, the Bushes seem unable to directly confront tensions and talk to each other candidly. In the case of the Bushes, this ended up rupturing the globe.” Photograph: Aida Crawley/EPA

Westeros. I visited HBO’s Game of Thrones set in Belfast last week and, after watching Daenerys Targaryen in firelight for a couple hours, I learned h(...)

Ahmed Chalabi: his group was blamed for false information about Iraq’s possession of weapons of mass destruction. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Ahmed Chalabi, who has died aged 71, was an Iraqi politician who helped persuade the United States to invade Iraq in 2003 and then unsuccessfully tri(...)

Former US president George HW Bush: has given a blistering assessment of George Bush jnr’s foreign policy advisers. His son has defended their performance.  Photograph: Aida Crawley/EPA

Former US president George HW Bush has sharply criticised two senior figures in the White House led by his son George W, calling Dick Cheney “iron-as(...)

George H W Bush pictured with his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, in 2012.

Former United States president George H W Bush takes some unexpected swipes at Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, key members of his son’s administratio(...)

Secretary of state John Kerry: Voting against Iran nuclear deal would be a “self-destructive blow to our nation’s leadership”. Photograph: Getty Images

President Barack Obama has scored a major victory by securing the support of Democrat Barbara Mikulski as the 34th senator to back his nuclear deal wi(...)

Donald Trump speaks at a rally  in Mobile, Alabama. Photograph:  Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images

Some blondes have all the fun. As Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush get more testy, Donald Trump gets more chesty. And more blond. It’s mind-boggling to co(...)

 Hacker attack: everything from your car to your home appliances are vulnerable. Illustration: Getty Images/iStockphoto

In 2013, former US vice president Dick Cheney’s doctors disabled his pacemaker’s wireless capabilities. This was to thwart any possible assassination (...)

Vice president Dick Cheney watches television reports in Washington in the hours following the September 11th attacks. Photograph: US National Archives

Newly-released photographs taken on the day of the September 11th attacks show the reaction of senior figures in the Bush administration as they conve(...)

US president Barack Obama makes an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Barack Obama is used to playing the straight man when facing Jon Stewart‘s sarcastic humor on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. But on Tuesday a(...)

‘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(...)