Joe Biden President Biden ‘fancied himself another Master of the Senate. Unfortunately, he was thinking about the Senate of 1984’. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

US president was elected to be Not Trump ... he has overpromised and underdelivered

The rally attack on the Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump on January 6th last. ‘That day was awful to watch because protecting the Capitol was our family business.’ Photograph:  Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images

‘The American people are growing tired of the role of government in their lives. They are sick of lockdowns and masks for Covid’

Denzel Washington photographed by Dana Scruggs/New York Times

The actor stars alongside Frances McDormand in Joel Coen’s new film version of Macbeth

Emmanuel Macron: his frosty relationship with British prime minister  Boris Johnson reflects the ongoing tensions between the two nations in the aftermath of Brexit.   Photograph: Benoit Tessier/AFP via Getty Images

Hundred Years’ War still raging in the French and British Embassies in D.C.

US president Joe Biden: Many who were sick of Trump chaos and ineptitude are now sick of Biden chaos and ineptitude. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

As the party focuses on the wrong things, many still wonder if Biden is up to the job

Still from Stanley Kubrick’s  Dr Strangelove: ‘The first thing for us to look at between the US and China is to make sure that there’s no “Dr Strangelove” scenario, a launch on a warning, to make sure there’s time for human decision-making.’

Technology titans lacked foresight as to how world is becoming more digital than physical

Gen Colin Powell got played by Dick Cheney, turning sap for a vice-president he didn’t even care for. Photograph: Marcy Nighswander/AP Photo

He could have been president, but his tragedy is that he walked a path he knew to be wrong

Ignore the charade of the parade of supreme court justices protesting that they are pure and neutral. Nobody’s buying it. File photograph: Getty

‘Consider the things the court brought down on us by pre-emptively purloining victory for George W Bush’

US senator Kyrsten Sinema  arrives at the Capitol in Washington DC on August 9th. Photograph: TJ Kirkpatrick/The New York Times

Maureen Dowd: Arizona senator sweeps through the US Senate like a silent film star

US representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (centre), at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala in New York, September 13th, 2021. Photograph: Nina Westervelt/ The New York Times

AOC has failed to consider that people can disagree with her without disagreeing with her identity

Former US president George W Bush at the 9/11 commemoration at the Flight 93 national memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on Saturday. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Tragedy of 9/11 was followed by blunders from men seized by hyper-masculinity

US president Joe Biden: The enablers of the misbegotten occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq have been shrieking like banshees, trying to manacle him to their own past mistakes. Photograph: Sarahbeth Maney/New York Times

Afghanistan horror exemplifies climate-damaged, rights-opposing land of dread

US marines guide an evacuee during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. Photograph: Isaiah Campbell/US Marine Corps/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Biden did the right thing getting America out of there. But he did it badly

 Barack Obama: “Did the world really need Renegades, his duet with Bruce Springsteen?” Photograph:  Ricardo Arduengo/AFP via Getty Images

Former president’s tone-deaf bash at Martha’s Vineyard was a tale of the disinvited

 New York governor Andrew Cuomo has been found to have engaged in multiple acts of sexual misconduct in a report by the state’s attorney general. Photograph:  Mary Altaffer/AFP via Getty Images

Report on Andrew Cuomo’s sexual misconduct makes clear his top adviser enforced culture of secrecy and fear

 US Capitol police officer Sgt Aquilino Gonell becomes emotional as he testifies before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th attack on the US Capitol. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Image

GOP overwhelmingly stuck with Trump, perpetuating his sick mythology about Capitol riots

A firefighter during nighttime firefighting operations at the Bootleg Fire, near Klamath Falls, Oregon. Photograph: US Forest Service/AFP via Getty Images

Politics of addressing climate change still debilitating as planet sizzles

A screen shows Ivanka Trump addressing the Republican National Convention, outside the White House,  August  2020. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times

Trump insiders and Facebook execs rewrite history to distance themselves from failure

Bernie Sanders holds a note at Henry’s Diner in Burlington, Vermont, during his interview with Maureen Dowd last Monday. Photograph: Shawn McCreesh/New York Times

Vermont senator’s bond with Joe Biden could have profound effect on the lives of Americans

Bill Clinton golfing in 2000 with his friend Vernon Jordan. The then president dispatched Jordan to talk Hillary Clinton out of leaving him after he publicly confessed to his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Photograph: US PGA Tour Archive, via Getty Images

A new book explores the influence close friends have exercised on US presidents

Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos in Los Angeles in January 2019. Photograph: Elizabeth Lippman/New York Times

Paying taxes is an expression of citizenship – you can’t belong to the club and not pay your dues

A poster for Robert Wise’s 1951 science fiction film The Day the Earth Stood Still starring Patricia Neal and Michael Rennie. Photograph:  Movie Poster Image Art/Getty Images

With an intelligence report imminent, not since the 1950s has the capital been so riveted by the possibility of aliens hovering

Kate Winslet photographed by Jamie Hawkesworth/New York Times

The star of Mare of Easttown is back on the sides of buses. Without airbrushing

Bill Bratton, who has led police forces in both New York City and Los Angeles, in Manhattan on Saturday. Police morale ‘has never been as low as it is right now in the 50 years I’ve been dealing with it’, he says. Photograph: Chad Batka/New York Times

Bill Bratton says defunding the police has led to rising crime and officers ‘leaving in droves’

Ewan McGregor photographed by Jake Michaels/New York Times

The actor has drawn on his experience of addiction to portray the fashion designer Halston

Liz Cheney, the third-most-powerful House Republican: It has been a dizzying fall for the scion of one of the most powerful political families in the land. Photograph: Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times

Liz Cheney has sacrificed herself to call out the former president – but she has a lot to answer for

Rosalynn Carter stands on the front porch of her home as she watches US president Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden leave, after a visit with her husband, former president Jimmy Carter, in Plains, Georgia, on Thursday. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

96-year-old former president has been snubbed by his Demoratic successors – until now

Empty seats at the Alpine Cinema in New York in February. Photograph: Devin Oktar Yalkin/The New York Times

This year’s Oscar contenders are less about escapism and more about our sad reality

US military personnel aboard a plane from Helmand Province to Kabul. Photograph: Jim Huylebroek/The New York Times

United States should have respected the country’s reputation as a ‘graveyard of empires’

 Hunter Biden: Page after page, you wonder: How the hell is this guy still alive? Photograph: Win McNamee/Pool Photo via AP, File)

President’s son illuminates American family experience of extreme highs and lows

Joe Biden speaks during a news conference at the White House on Thursday. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

US president’s self-restraint is refreshing – but he is free to say whatever he damn well pleases

Barack Obama signs the $787bn stimulus Bill in 2009 while his vice-president Joe Biden looks on – Democrats now say Obama’s stimulus efforts were insufficient. Photograph: Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

Obama’s legacy looks dull as Biden is hailed as a transformational, progressive champion

New York governor Andrew Cuomo of New York delivers a coronavirus update on Sunday. Photograph: Cindy Schultz/New York Times

New York governor’s appealing act – protective father-at-the-head-of the-dinner-table – turned out to be a ruse

Republican senator Lisa Murkowski speaking to reporters in Washington. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times

Trump era skewed the understanding of journalists as impartial watchdogs

Republican senator Mitch McConnell, a ‘dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack’, according to former president Donald Trump. Photograph: US Senate Television via AP

Maureen Dowd: GOP leaders attempting to bridle the ex-president are on a fool’s errand

Pro-Trump supporters storm the US Capitol in Washington on January 6th. Photograph: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Criminal charges would be welcome after craven Republicans refused to convict him

A supporter of  Donald Trump carries a Confederate battle flag inside the Capitol building in Washington on Wednesday. Photograph: Erin Schaff/New York Times

Maureen Dowd: What happened in Washington on Wednesday was a heartbreaking disgrace

US President Donald Trump participates in a Thanksgiving teleconference with members of the US military at the White House in Washington DC on November 26th. Photograph:  Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty

As I had Thanksgiving alone, no doubt my Trump-loving family poured one out for him

Princess Diana in London, 1996. ‘Diana almost upended the monarchy, and Trump is doing his worst to upend democracy.’ Photograph: Channel 4

The radioactive American president is sabotaging the transition as the pandemic rages

US president Donald Trump should recognise that Joe Biden’s victory is actually the best outcome for him.  Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Disintegrating diva can give in to fantasy and leave rest of us to cold, unforgiving reality

A person holds Donald Trump baby balloons in  San Francisco, California on Saturday. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

President’s conspiracy schtick gets nowhere as Joe Biden’s Cinderfella story bewitches

Supporters of US president Donald Trump  rally  in Beverly Hills, California, on October Saturday. Photograph:  David McNew/AFP via Getty Images

Even if Joe Biden wins on Tuesday, it will not be easy to restore what has been lost

 US president Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally  in Wisconsin.  Photograph: EPA/Kamil Krzaczynski

A lot of voters seem relieved to step back in time with a sentimental old-school Irish pol

The Borat actor on his new film and why he is reluctant to be a celebrity

 James Murdoch in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington. Photograph: Jared Soares/The New York Times

Rupert Murdoch’s younger son on quitting News Corp and not watching Succession

US president Donald Trump: Are the physical and mental stresses of Covid and steroids mixing with his febrile fear of hearing “You’re fired!” from the American people?  Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP

Steroid-pumped US president looks to public gatherings and more bogus Covid-19 claims

US president Donald Trump and Judge Amy Coney Barrett (far right), his supreme court nominee, in the Diplomatic Room of the White House on September 26th. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

In a moment that feels biblical, the implacable coronavirus has come to the US president’s door

The late US supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg  at an event in New York on  April 9th, 2018. Photograph: Chang W Lee/New York Time

Maureen Dowd: Donald Trump is in position to reshape US supreme court long past his time in office

‘At least with Nixon, Woodward had to follow the money to expose the venality. With Donald Trump, he simply had to turn on a recorder.’ Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

President’s eager tone on tapes shows how keen he was to impress Bob Woodward

Ivanka Trump arrives to introduce US president Donald Trump from the South Lawn of the White House on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on Thursday. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

Maureen Dowd: The US president’s daughter eyes the driver’s seat when her papa is done with it

Joe Biden talks with Brayden Harrington (13)  about stuttering, something they share, during a  campaign stop in  February. Photograph: Elizabeth Frantz/The New York Times

Maureen Dowd: The virtual Democratic convention delivered real results

Kamala Harris has that same magnetic smile that Obama had. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo

The US is rapidly moving past such caricatures. Besides, women should be angry

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

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