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Centrist Democrat Beto O’Rourke, adherent of the “Oprah Winfrey school of positive thinking”. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

When Barack Obama launched his White House bid 12 years ago, he already had a library of well-crafted policies. Some were bold. Others were small-bore(...)

Beto O’Rourke during his second day of campaigning for the 2020 nomination in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Beto O’Rourke raised more than $6 million (€5.4 million) online in the first 24 hours after announcing his presidential campaign last week, according (...)

Steve McQueen: Wore his own clothes

Just last week, Jack Lyon, among the few remaining veterans of the escape from Stalag Luft III in 1944, died at his home in Bexhill-on-Sea. A former R(...)

Senator Amy Klobuchar has announced a run for the Democratic nomination for US president. Photograph: Pete Marovich/New York Times

US senator Amy Klobuchar will enter the 2020 presidential race on Sunday, becoming the first moderate in an increasingly crowded field of Democrats v(...)

US senator Elizabeth Warren speaks at a rally to launch her campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Photograph: Reuters

Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren has made her bid for the US presidency official. Speaking in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Ms Warren grounded her 2020(...)

Democratic Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey has announced he is running for the Democratic presidential nomination to challenge US president Donald Trump in 202(...)

Steam rises from the city buildings and Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois, USA, 31th January 2019. Photograph: Kamil Krzaczynski/ EPA

Frigid weather that paralysed a large swath of the United States this week and caused at least 21 deaths began easing on Friday as an Arctic air mass (...)

People walk along the lakefront  in Chicago, Illinois. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

A blast of Arctic air is moving across the United States and Canada, bringing record-breaking windchill temperatures as low as -48°C in parts of the M(...)

Pedestrians bundle up in sub-freezing temperatures on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Wednesday. Photograph:  Nati Harnik/PA

A wave of Arctic air that paralysed the US Midwest and caused at least a dozen deaths swept across the country’s Northeast on Thursday but was expect(...)

The Chicago city skyline is seen from the North Avenue Beach at Lake Michigan on Tuesday. Photograph: Pinar Istek/Reuters

A large swath of the United States was gripped by brutal cold and wind chills on Wednesday as record-low temperatures caused by a blast of Arctic air(...)

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