Richard Nixon: he is depicted as an isolated and lonely man, consumed with hatred. Photograph:  Ellsworth Davis/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, the retired surgeon, blew his top last week, venting about how the media had twisted his words when he w(...)

Clockwise from top left, Alex Barclay, Marty Whelan, Louise Phillips and Kevin Barry

  Alex Barclay My livingroom bookshelves are my favourite part of the house. They arrived as big, filthy, spider-covered pieces of oak(...)

Joe Crowley (right) a survivor of clerical abuse, and Michael Cyril Creighton, the actor who portrays him in ‘Spotlight’.

The idea of journalism being cinematic is counterintuitive. Rather than being visually appealing, the craft of journalism is more in keeping with Bism(...)

 Aldi’s attempt to gain anonymity in a court case concerning a faulty product backfired. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The decision-makers at Aldi’s Irish headquarters, in Naas, Co Kildare, appear never to have heard of the Streisand Effect, but it is a phenomenon they(...)

“Refraining from partaking in the petty squabbling among the committee, she appeared statesman-like, presidential even.”Photograph: Somodevilla/Getty Images

Two events in as many days have, to all intents and purposes, handed Hillary Clinton the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. The decision of Vice(...)

In a word . . . sorry

The adjective sorry is said to have originated with the Old English sarig, meaning “distressed, grieved, full of sorrow”. It used to be the hardest wo(...)

‘Racial hatred is still a potent force in US society, as we’ve just been reminded to our horror.’ People attend an interfaith candlelit vigil in solidarity with the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston,  South Carolina, in Brooklyn, New York. Photograph: Kena Betancur/Getty Images

America is a much less racist nation than it used to be, and I’m not just talking about the still remarkable fact that an African-American occupies(...)

Rick Elice, co-writer of Jersey Boys: ‘I have never been able to hold down a job. I have had no plan to my life, wherever the stream has taken me, I’ve gone.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Rick Elice seems anxious to please his Irish audience. As he delivers a self-deprecating and smart monologue about how he came to write Jersey Boys(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: his  acceptance of an invitation to address Congress from Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner was a direct snub to US  president Barack Obama given that it circumvented traditional diplomatic protocol through the White House. Photograph: Gary Cameron/Reuters

The political hurricane caused by Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu on his United States visit leaves him and President Barack Obama at even g(...)

 In the first State of the Union address after the September 2001 attacks on the US, President George W  Bush branded Iraq, Iran and North Korea as “an axis of evil”, adding that “by seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger”. These words later haunted Republicans after Bush was found to have invaded Iraq on a false premise. File photograph:  Win McNamee/Reuters

The annual State of the Union speech to the joint session of Congress gives the US president an opportunity to underscore past policy achievements and(...)