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 2:12

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(...)

US President Barack Obama awards Ben Bradlee with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the White House. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP photo

US president Barack Obama and secretary of state John Kerry were among those to pay tribute to renowned former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, a l(...)

Ben Bradlee, who presided over The Washington Post’s exposure of the Watergate scandal, in his office in Washington, 1971. Bradlee, stamped in American culture as the quintessential newspaper editor of his era, died yesterday. He was 93. Photograph: Mike Lien/The New York Times

Tributes were paid last night to Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, a lion of American journalism, on his death at the age of 93.Mr Bradlee famously (...)

Ben Bradlee, who presided over The Washington Post’s exposure of the Watergate scandal, in his office in Washington, June 17th, 1971. Photograph: Mike Lien/The New York Times

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who oversaw the newspaper’s coverage of the Watergate scandal that toppled President Richard Nixon, died on(...)

A decision by Seattle’s city council to recognise “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” on the same day as Columbus Day has angered members of the Italian American community. Photograph: Getty Images

An important moment in the history of the Americas is remembered in the United States every year on the second Monday in October: the time “Native Ame(...)

Pressure is on  NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to resign. Photograph: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

When Roger Goodell was growing up here, he had the best possible example of moral leadership. His father, a moderate New York Republican appointed by (...)

US president Barack Obama: said that goal was to “degrade and destroy” Islamic State forces. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

The words “Obama” and “gaffe” rarely appear together. The US president’s statements are carefully crafted, his words precisely chosen. He is as pol(...)

There have been worse years for the film industry than 2014. Nonetheless, this gormless farrago feels like the manifestation of a vast collective nerv(...)

A Colombian anti-drugs police officer checks bales of marijuana, part of a load of five tons, seized on the outskirts of Cali, Colombia. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Increasing numbers of women are being locked up in the ferocious prison systems of Latin America in the so-called “war against drugs”. Often poor and (...)

A sign outside the car park in Rosslyn, Arlington, Virginia, where journalistic source Deep Throat met Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward six times between October 1972 and November 1973.

The din of passing traffic spills down an air vent from the street above, while water drips in a corner. Every sound, from the footsteps of a perso(...)