Obama speech

In setting out his stall in his 6th annual State of the Union address on Tuesday Barack Obama pulled no punches. For many observers this was the presi(...)

Senator Ted Cruz,  one of Joe Trippi’s  “nutcases”, is the son of a Cuban immigrant who fought for Castro.  Photograph: Reuters/Yuri Gripas

Rick Perlstein’s The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan was among the most gripping books published last year. Anybody old eno(...)

Aaron Paul: dreams of being born. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Michael Keaton in Batman or Michael Keaton in Birdman? Oh man. Michael Keaton in everything.   What is the most common thing for y(...)

Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee in the 2012 US presidential election, told donors that he is considering seeking the GOP candidacy for 2016. File photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

It’s only the second week in January in a non-election year and 22 months until the next US presidential ballot but already the challengers for the Re(...)

A file photograph of a campaign bus where Mr Cuomo shakes hands with supporters on October 30th, 1994. Photograph: James Estrin/The New York Times

Mario Cuomo, the three-time governor of New York and a leading voice of the Democratic Party’s liberal wing who turned down several invitations to (...)

Barack Obama could see the roles played by him and Republicans in the past six years of his presidency reversed for the final two. Photograph: Getty Images

Think of the 2015 American political year as the filling in a sandwich, the in-between year separating the 2014 midterm elections and the 2016 preside(...)

The then US president Bill Clinton with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams in the Oval Office of the White House on March 17th, 2000. The success of the Northern Ireland peace process was one of Clinton’s greatest achievements. Photograph: William Vasta/AFP/Getty Images

The journalistic dictum that the more comfortable you make people, the more they will reveal applies to the world of academic historical research t(...)

Pakistani school girls pray for victims who were killed in an attack at the army-run school in Peshawar on Tuesday. Photograph: Ilyas Sheikh/EPA

The massacre of more than 130 Pakistani school children by Taliban gunmen was a chilling reminder of Hillary Clinton’s warning to Islamabad in 2011 th(...)

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush. He  is the first Republican to announce formally that he is exploring a candidacy. Photograph: Andy Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Jeb Bush, the son and young brother of former US presidents, has fired up the next race for the White House by announcing that he will “actively ex(...)

US president Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping share  a toast at a lunch banquet in Beijing last month. Photograph: Greg Baker

After about 20 minutes of constructive, mutual back-slapping about fresh common ground that US president Barack Obama and China’s president Xi Jinping(...)