Geraldine Ferraro and Walter Mondale campaign at the Democratic Convention in 1984 in San Francisco. She later said she  was not “prepared for the depth of the fury, the bigotry, and the sexism my candidacy would unleash”.  Photograph: Sonia Moskowitz/Images/Getty Images

Biden’s running mate can expect an unprecedentedly rough time from Team Trump

US president Donald Trump. His  ‘warped view of masculinity has warped the US’s response to a deadly pandemic’. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP

Donald Trump’s tragic errors of judgment have plunged his country into a nightmare

The billionaire on life with Grimes and Baby X, Trump, Tesla, tunnels and blasting off

US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez –  “so full of natural political talent, burning so bright, that the 2020 field seems dull next to her lustre”. Photograph: David Dee Delgado/New York Times

Youngest woman to serve in Congress shows up anachronistic attitudes for what they are

Dr Anthony Fauci: new polls show that the smear from Trumpworld may be starting to stick; fewer Republicans trust the doctor now than in the spring. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times)

The scary gulf between Fauci and Trump has life-or-death consequences for Americans

Joe Biden: Biden’s gaffes, logorrhoea, puffery and handsiness are part of the messy package that is Uncle Joe. So are his empathy, sentimentality and loyalty. Photograph: Christopher Dolan/The Times-Tribune via AP

It’s the difference between fibs and whoppers, white lies and white supremacy

US president Donald Trump  on the South Lawn of the White House on June 21st after his return from a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP

Maureen Dowd: Occupant of the White House is badly out of step with US national psyche

Detective Sergent Michael J Dowd (left) and Officer W J Gay’or inspecting the site of a robbery in Rizik’s fur store. The Washington Times

I grew up in the shadow of two powerful patriarchies, the Catholic Church and the police. Both institutions attracted an element o(...)

 ‘The right to kneel for justice’: Supporters of quarterback Colin Kaepernick have called for   a boycott of NFL games and merchandise purchases. Photograph:  Frederic J Brown/AFP via Getty Images

The dynamic between sports and politics considerably more torrid this season

US president Donald Trump holds a Bible outside St John’s Church in Washington on June 1st. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP

Maureen Dowd: The euphoria of seeing a first black president has given way to desolation and racial strife

US president Donald Trump signed an executive order that might strip liability protection from social media sites. Photograph: Saul Martinez/Getty Images

US president trolls as Twitter and Facebook refine their algorithms to monetise rage

US president Donald Trump displays a face shield made at Ford’s Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan on May 21st. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Humanity showing through everywhere except, ironically, with the unmasked president

 Donald Trump: is despicably turning the dead into the undead, trying to figure out how to claim they weren’t lost.  Photographer: Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times/Bloomberg

Man tasked with leading US out of valley of death appears removed, shirking responsibility

Joe Biden  is known for being sometimes warmly, sometimes inappropriately, hands-on with men and women. What Reade accuses him of is a crime and seems completely out of character.  Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

US Democrats always set standards that come back and bite them

US TV’s great misanthrope is relieved that social life and handshaking are out of fashion

Donald Trump interrupts Jared Kushner during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House on April 2nd. Photograph: Kevin Dietsch/EPA

Maureen Dowd: US president turns to Jared Kushner, another uninformed man-child, in coronavirus crisis

New York governor Andrew Cuomo at a news conference recently. Photograph: Benjamin Norman/The New York Times

New York governor has superficial parallels in style to Trump but his motives are purer

US president Donald Trump and Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during a Coronavirus Task Force news conference at the White House on Saturday.  Photograph: Stefani Reynolds/CNP/Bloomberg

Dr Anthony Fauci has been battling both coronavirus and White House misdirection

President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on coronavirus at the White House. Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP Photo

Coronavirus badly exposing president’s lack of empathy and blame-shifting

US president Donald Trump: a frightened boy. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty

US president psychologically incapable of responding to complex and uncertain virus

US president Donald Trump and vice-president Mike Pence discuss the response to the coronavirus outbreak, at the White House on Saturday. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

The coronavirus is immune to conspiracy theories, nasty diatribes or nicknames

US president Donald Trump  on the White House lawn on Sunday prior to departing on a two-day trip to India. This was another bad, crazy week trapped in Trump’s psychopathology. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

An unfettered Trump, playing out his own movie script, setting a torch to Washington

Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg: A spokeswoman punched back about Donald Trump: “He is a pathological liar who lies about everything: his fake hair, his obesity and his spray-on tan.” Photograph: Jeff Kowalsky

Wealthy candidates Trump and Bloomberg clash amid memes, trolls and web warriors

Donald Trump ‘has forged one of the most cynical and darkly productive alliances of all time’ with  Mitch McConnell, sending his personal approval rating to an all-time high’. File photograph:  Doug Mills/The New York Times

Democrats should be terrified as the president re-enacts The Godfather payback scenes

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell in the US Capitol in Washington, January 31st. Photograph: Epa/Shawn Thew

Impeachment process shows Trump the most brutishly powerful Republican of all time

Senate majority leader  Mitch McConnell ahead of the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump, in Washington, on Saturday. Photograph: Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images

He had savaged all his fellow Republicans and yet here they were, his Praetorian guard

Alan Dershowitz: Over the years, he has put himself on the side of an impressive pantheon of villainy in the realm of violence against girls and women.  Photograph: Richard Drew

Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz’s laxity on sexual assault will further energise women voters

 Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave Westminster Abbey in London after attending a Commonwealth Day service last March. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP

Maureen Dowd: Meghan brings a refreshing dose of semi-radical chic to the royal family

House speaker Nancy Pelosi  responds to a reporter after he asked whether she hated the president, Donald Trump,  at the Capitol in Washington last week. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

As Nancy Pelosi said, don’t mess with us when it comes to words like that

US president Donald Trump with American forces  at Bagram Air Field in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thanksgiving Day. Photograph: Erin Schaff/New York Times

‘I’ve been pleasantly surprised that Trump has done exactly what he promised’

US president Donald Trump. “Those who know him believe that he’s genuinely unnerved and even hurt at the prospect of impeachmen.” Photograph: TJ Kirkpatrick/New York Times

President has become an Ahab-like figure chasing something that could sink him

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and US president Ronald Reagan in 1987. Photograph: Jose R Lopez/The New York Times

Trump has duped the GOP into helping Russia to undermine US democracy

New York billionaires Michael Bloomberg and Donald Trump: Both have been accused of having a sexist streak, even though they supported Hillary Clinton at times. Photographs:  Kena Betancur and Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Bloomberg v Trump would be a battle of New York giants, but is there much between them?

California congresswoman Katie Hill resigned after admitting she had an affair with a member of her campaign team. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Democrat’s resignation amid revenge porn scandal shows risks of desire to document everything

US president Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Friday. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

President’s cancelling of newspaper subscriptions is the act of an angry lover

‘Like Jack Nicholson’s Jake Gittes, America was naive about the forces of real corruption, real evil.’

Film an allegory for this era: ‘A cynical world where you can’t beat the house and money wins’

US speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: The president ‘said the phone call was perfect . . . It wasn’t perfect.’ Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

The speaker is in a fine mood now she has turned her attention to reining in Trump

Donald Trump outside the White House on Sunday. Democrats haven’t been able to get him on obstruction of justice. But maybe this time they’ll finally bring him down.  Photograph: Alastair Pike/AFP/Getty Images

‘If the president has done what has been alleged, then he is stepping into a ... minefield’

Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren on stage during the Democratic presidential debate in Houston, Texas, on Thursday. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Democratic debate shows how president has altered the way US experiences politics

US president Donald Trump  posing with a two-month-old mass shooting survivor held by Melania Trump:  grinning, the US leader  give the thumbs-up.  Photograph: Flotus/EPA

Trump is no gun nut but orphaned child image shows him devoid of human empathy

Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie at the premiere of ‘Once Upon a Time In Hollywood’, in Los Angeles, last month. File photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Candidates who in the past might have headed the presidential pack are struggling in the polls

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi with fellow House Democrats on the steps outside the US Capitol. She is derided by the far left for her pragmatism, despite being a long-time target for Republicans. Photograph: Getty

Mueller hearings shamed Republicans and failed Democrats thirsting for impeachment

US president Donald Trump: doesn’t worry about inciting violence against those he slimes. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

US president has shifted from subtlety to let toads of racism leap straight from his mouth

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: engaged in  a tangle  with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that poses a threat to the Democrats’ ability to beat President Donald Trump next year. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/New York Times

It is a deranged proposition that Nancy Pelosi is the problem in dangerous era of Trump

US House speaker Nancy Pelosi: “ready for the fight of her life with Trump”. Photograph: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

House of Representatives speaker has defied critics and written a third act for herself

Former US vice president Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris debate racial issues as Senator Bernie Sanders listens during the second night of the first US Democratic presidential election debate in Miami, last Thursday. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Maureen Dowd: Arrogance of former vice president’s operation came spilling out on the debate stage

US president Donald Trump: stumbled out of Iran attack just as he stumbled in.“I didn’t like it. I didn’t think it was proportionate.” Photograph: Saul Loeb

Despite claims of displaying weakness, US president called off dangerous strike on Iran

US president Donald Trump. “His ego is too fragile to play patriarch to the country, so he takes the more ruinous role of provocateur.” Photograph: Tom Brenner/New York Times

President wallows in mendacity and amorality in a way unique in history of the office

Trump announced plans for a major firework display at the Lincoln Memorial. ‘Like no one had ever thought of fireworks on the Mall before’- this photo from 2000. Photograph:  William Philpott Reuters

President’s self-serving plans to hijack Independence Day party sucks the fun out of it

“Journalists must not become inured to Trump’s outlandish, transgressive behaviour.” Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

It’s exhausting to keep explaining how beyond the pale the 45th US president is

John Bolton, the US national security adviser, looking on from the background as President Donald Trump meets with Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg at the White House. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Will Trump drag his national security adviser and other uber hawks back from the precipice of their fondest desire to attack Iran?

President Donald Trump  got into the White House and began yanking the country back to the 1950s – on abortion, on climate change, on women’s rights, on regulations. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

When the Vatican complains you’re dragging the US ‘back to the past’ , you know you’re in trouble

Now that Joe Biden is running for president in a post-#MeToo era, he says he always believed Anita Hill. Photograph:  Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Transformation of Barr into evil genius outplaying old friend Mueller a nasty spectacle

Outgoing French ambassador to the US Gérard Araud: criticised Donald Trump as a whimsical, unpredictable, uninformed Sun King. Photograph: Damon Winter

Departing French ambassador to US tells of Trump’s ‘genius’ in transforming Republican Party

President Donald Trump: While he  was a whirl of ignorance, vindictiveness and self-destruction, some advisers stopped him from going over the edge by ignoring his “crazy shit”. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque

Truth of Mueller report is Trump’s dirtbag machinations are driven by insane vanity

Emilia Clarke arriving for the Game of Thrones eighth and final season premiere at Radio City Music Hall in New York on April 3th. Photograph:  Angela Weiss/Getty Images

The many women leaders in Game of Thrones parallels the rise of women leaders around the world

Donald Trump outside the White House, on Friday. Friday was not the end of what the American president tweeted was ‘the World’s most expensive Witch Hunt’. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

No one, from the president down, knew when the report would come or what it would say

Former Texas Congressman and Democratic party presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke: The 46 year old offers the politics of feelings. Photograph: Stephen Maturen/AFP

Pugilistic progressives may not stomach rich kid like Beto when US is in eat-rich mood

Michael Cohen, US president Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, testifies before the House of Representatives oversight committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Trump’s messy break-up with his lawyer shows he does not give or deserve loyalty

The last time Joe Biden thought about running for the US presidency, in 2016, he was in a miasma of grief about Beau, his oldest son, who died from brain cancer the previous year. Photograph: Christof Stache/ AFP/Getty Images

The painful reality is he is head of a family that has messily spilled into the tabloids

Michael Jackson arriving for the first day of his trial, on charges of molesting a 13-year-old boy,   at the Santa Barbara county superior court in Santa Maria, California, on February 28th, 2005. He was found not guilty on all counts. Photograph: Michael A Mariant/AP

Celebrity supersedes criminality. How can you see clearly when you’re looking into the sun?

‘Amazon  founder Jeff Bezos has managed to come through a traumatic week inspiring admiration.’ File photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

The world’s richest man has become a folk hero due to his row with ‘National Enquirer’

 Roger Stone: the master of darkness proclaims his innocence. Photograph: Jesse Dittmar/New York Times

Cat’s cradle of dirty tricks trips up putative dognapper along with Paul Manafort

 Katie Hill, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,  Lauren Underwood  and Angie Craig: tracked Mitch McConnell to petition him to have a vote to reopen the government. Photograph: Sarah Silbiger/New York Times

Trump feels heat of vengeance against the wicked man in the White House

US speaker of the House Democrat Nancy Pelosi has her work cut out to discipline the world’s brattiest 72-year-old . Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s vocational drive contrasts with President Trump’s opportunism

Republican Nancy Pelosi. The spectacle at the Capitol on Thursday, as she reclaimed the gavel, was redolent of that iconic “Breakfast Club” scene, with all its rebellious energy and zeal to fight The Man. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Madam Speaker can count, legislate, horse-trade and stroke – plus she’s very, very tough

“The Clintons refuse to be discarded. It has been their joint project for half a century to be at the centre of the public scene and debate.” Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Sea of empty seats on arena tour a sign of delusional Bill and Hillary’s lack of relevance

John Wayne as Ethan Edwards in John Ford’s film, The Searchers. “Ford and Wayne forged an identity for America that lasted for decades.” Photograph: AP/Warner Bros

Trump’s genius for hate and division has driven us into a canyon that won’t be easy to exit

Former president Barack Obama congratulates Donald Trump after the latter’s inauguration speech. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Trump’s promise to punish Wall Street for ‘getting away with murder’ was another con

 Donald Trump pauses during the American Commemoration Ceremony at the Suresnes American Cemetery in Paris, France, on Sunday Photograph: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

Those who eroded America’s moral authority in the 2000s are now its moral guardians

Former Democratic senator and presidential hopeful Gary Hart: “I bear a very heavy burden of responsibility.” Photograph: Nick Cote/The New York Times

Former presidential candidate wonders whether 1987 controversy led US down road to Trump

The late Roger Ailes, co-founder of Fox News, who resigned from the cable network in 2016 after 20 years in charge of it. Photograph: Angel Franco/New York Times

Mastermind of Fox News hate-breeding techniques provided playbook for president

US President Donald Trump, flanked by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, meets Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The Saudis need the US more than the US needs them. Yet they continue to be coddled

 Brett Kavanaugh exemplified  entitled white men acting like the new minority, howling about things being taken away, aggrieved at anything that saps their power. Photograph: Win McNamee/Pool/Reuters

If Republicans had wanted to vet Kavanaugh, Judge would already have been subpoenaed

 An activist wears a button in support of Christine Blasey Ford during a protest  on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Blasey Ford dealing with dark forces not in play during Hill-Thomas episode

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison  in Canberra last week.  “We don’t want all this political correct nonsense telling people they can’t have an Easter hat parade,” he says. Photograph: Lukas Coch/EPA

The US president may be widely shunned but at the bottom of the world he has found a loyal mate

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand prime minister   with partner Clarke Gayford and their  daughter Neve at  home in Auckland. Photograph: Derek Henderson/Jacinda Ardern via AP

Running the rule over moral leadership and being only second world leader to give birth

US president Donald Trump  in Washington last week. The Trumps have created a dark alternative universe in the White House, where the main value is loyalty to the godfather above all else. Photograph:  Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Trumps have often been compared to a mob family – and with good reason

US president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin: Mr Trump has found someone who wants to hang out with him and who understands  he is THE MOST MISTREATED PRESIDENT IN HISTORY. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty

How the US president might set the agenda for another day of self-aggrandisement

US president Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in 2017. Photograph: Jorge Silva/File Photo/Reuters

Perhaps it’s an Oedipal thing, that Putin reminds Trump of his authoritarian father

President Donald Trump has made political discourse more crude and belligerent. Photograph: AP/Carolyn Kaster

Hostility that so easily flows from his fingers now defines his immigration policy

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “I wake up every day and I’m a Puerto Rican girl from the Bronx.” Photograph: David Dee Delgado/New York Times

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: 'I wake up every day and I’m a Puerto Rican girl from the Bronx. Every single day'

Ivanka Trump: “There is a distinct genetic quality to Ivanka’s preternatural ability to self-promote.” Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Maureen Dowd: Try as she might, nobody is buying the blond saviour routine any more

Former US president Bill Clinton. “The feminists lost their way performing as human shields, letting Clinton Inc demonise the willing and unwilling women in Bill’s life and treat them as collateral damage.” Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Former US president’s threadbare routine of maudlin self-pity does not work any more

Ben Rhodes, a longtime adviser, with president Barack Obama on Air Force One, March,  2016.  Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

New book by aide Ben Rhodes gives insights into former president’s – superior – thinking

US president Donald Trump: After winning by warning voters they were being suckered, he’s made them all suckers. Photograph: Chris Kleponis

White House, FBI, Hollywood, tech sector, education, media are all snake-oil salesmen

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Friday’s referendum is fractious vote, dividing families and friends on long-hidden issue

Whatever you imagine could happen in Trumpworld. Photograph: Tom Brenner/New York Times

Maureen Dowd: Everything is plausible in Trumpworld

Giuliani and Trump: the lawyer who was a Mob buster and the president who acts like a Mob boss. Photograph: Travis Dove/NYT

The US president’s brawls and scuffles might just see him lose his grip

David Duchovny at Central Park in Manhattan, April 16, 2018. His novel’s heroine Emer Gunnels is a 41-year-old New York schoolteacher who likes to take the subway,  eat ice cream and make love with her boyfriend, Cuchulainn, a writer known as Con. Photograph: Clement Pascal/The New York Times

The ‘X-Files’ actor tells Maureen Dowd about his New York novel based on the Ulster myths

US president Donald Trump in Michigan on Saturday. “Trump’s peculiar form of diplomacy  has somehow produced a possible breakthrough in North Korea that eluded his predecessors.” Photograph: Rena Laverty/EPA

Deal to denuclearise North Korea could help pave way to second term as US president

Former US first lady Barbara Bush. ‘She was the ungainly, insecure daughter of an austere, beautiful mother who put her down.’ Photograph: Reuters

Former first lady could be caustic, but she also championed causes such as literacy and Aids

The Exorcist: William Friedkin at the steps where he filmed his horror film’s climatic scene, in the Georgetown neighbourhood of Washington. Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk/New York Times

Maureen Dowd: William Friedkin revisits old haunts for his new film about exorcism

Joanna Coles, chief content officer of Hearst and the former editor of Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire: “There’s nothing empowering about being blackout drunk. Who wants to wake up the next morning in bed unable to remember what you did?” Photograph: Bryan Derballa/New York Times

How has digital era led women to have sex with people who don’t appeal to them?

US president Donald Trump: Even as Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are inside the White House, helping to shape his policies, Josh Kushner and Karlie Kloss are outside it, protesting. Photograph:  Carlos Barria/Reuters

Maureen Dowd: the family circle around US president fails to act as moderating influence

Former US president George W Bush with John Bolton in 2005,  a fervent believer in pre-emptive war. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

After all those years of criticising George W Bush on war, Donald Trump is now letting himself be guided by the former president’s(...)

White House chaos: Rex Tillerson, who reportedly learned his fate from Trump’s chief of staff while on the toilet, and Jeff Sessions, who tried to save his own job by firing Andrew McCabe. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/NYT

Firing Rex Tillerson by tweet left the US president high on all the chaos

US president Donald Trump. “He is determined to be our most shameless president, running a White House awash in salacious stories and louche characters.” Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images

Damage from gender chasm awaits Trump and Republican Party in midterm elections

People walk past a gold art piece of a bathrobe-clad Harvey Weinstein clutching an Oscar  on Hollywood Blvd. Photograph: AP/Damian Dovarganes

On the surface things are improving but an instant fix for sexism is wishful thinking

US president Donald Trump last week returned to a favourite campaign routine, reciting the lyrics to the song “The Snake” and suggesting an analogy between immigrants and the poisonous reptile. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

His tangerine skin was caked with make-up but the kind woman took the vicious snake in

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