Former US senator Fred Thompson. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Fred D Thompson, a former US senator, actor and Republican presidential candidate, died on Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 73. The cause was a(...)

President Obama awards  Ben Bradlee  the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington last November. Photograph: AP/ Evan Vucci

Ben Bradlee, who has died aged 93, presided over the Washington Post’s reporting of the break-in at the Watergate building in the capital in 1972 that(...)

US president Barack Obama at the Mid-Pacific Country Club, in Kailua, Hawaii, on his recent vacation.

No one should ever question US president Barack Obama’s passion for golf. He has played some of the United States’s most picturesque courses, held a d(...)

Late former US president Richard Nixon with his wife Pat and daughter   Tricia, resigning  on August 9th, 1974, in the wake of the Watergate scandal. Photograph: Reuters

Just hours after a national address promising “no whitewash” of Watergate, President Richard M Nixon privately urged his new attorney general not to (...)

John F Kennedy showed grace under fire throughout his time in the White House

Popular culture often provides a good barometer of where reputation stands. John F Kennedy, it seems, is a case of mercury falling.In the recent NBC T(...)