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(...)

Democratic senator from California Dianne Feinstein speaks to the media outside the Senate chamber after the release of a report on Bush-era CIA torture policies. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

The word “torture” is mentioned on 82 of the 525 pages of a US Senate committee’s report into the CIA’s use of torture in interrogations of al-Qaeda s(...)

California Christmas: ‘We are beginning to build our own set of Christmas traditions in our new home, and importing as many of the old ones as we can’

Lately, I’ve been feeling a bit Sliding Doors as two versions of December unfold in my head: the version I’m actually having, and the version I sho(...)

Iraqi security forces in a sweep  against IS militants   north of Baghdad yesterday.   Iraq will need about 80,000  troops to retake the terrain it lost to IS, a top US general said yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

The top-ranking officer in the American military said yesterday the United States is actively considering the direct use of troops in the toughest for(...)

Shane McCoy on a US navy humanitarian mission to Ghana in 2004

It came down to a flip of a coin, and Shane McCoy won. On January 11th, 2002, McCoy was a 27-year-old photographer with the United States navy station(...)

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(...)

An Independent Election Commission worker makes an inventory of ballot boxes at IEC headquarters in Kabul yesterday. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

A bigger-than-expected turnout in Afghanistan’s presidential election, and the Taliban’s failure to derail the vote, has raised questions about(...)

An Afghan woman casts her ballot at a polling station during the presidential elections in Kabul yesterday. Photograph: S Sabawoon/EPA

A bigger-than-expected turnout in Afghanistan’s presidential election and the Taliban’s failure to significantly disrupt the vote has raised qu(...)

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