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Democratic candidate for Senate Jaime Harrison addresses supporters during a drive-in rally held at The Bend in North Charleston, South Carolina. Photograph: Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images

The mist is rising over Lake Murray, a huge reservoir in the centre of South Carolina, on this grey mid-October morning. The lake is a popular amenity(...)

Robert E Lee: known bitterly as the greatest Yankee-killer of all time, he died 150 years ago in October 1870

On the afternoon of April 9th, 1865, Robert Edward Lee, the recently appointed general-in-chief of the armies of the Confederate States of America, su(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks with supporters as arrives at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport in Minnesota. Photograph:  Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

US president Donald Trump on Wednesday urged a far-right group to “stand down” and let law enforcement take the lead, following comments he made in th(...)

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the US supreme court, after the public announcement of her nomination in the Rose Garden of the White House on September 26th. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

The confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US supreme court quietly but hastily got under way in the Senate on Monday as more than a dozen sen(...)

Chadwick Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther, has died of cancer. Photograph: Victoria Will/Invision/AP

The entertainment world is reeling from the news that Chadwick Boseman, best known as Marvel’s Black Panther, has died at the age of 43. It transpired(...)

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden: Should he make it to the White House, Biden would have completed the longest marathon in US political history. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

It was late afternoon on February 2nd, the eve of the Iowa caucuses. We were jammed into a high-school gymnasium in Des Moines, the state capital, for(...)

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

One wintry day in 1992, my boss drolly told me to try to look young. We were meeting Richard Nixon, and the fallen president preferred to talk to repo(...)

 Nijinsky, ridden by Lester Piggott, wins the 1970 Epsom Derby, recording the fastest finishing time in over 60 years. Photograph: Dennis Oulds/Central Press/Getty Images

You don’t have to smell or touch to be in the presence of greatness, it can be witnessed and savoured from afar; and, in the year of 1970, as weeks an(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the White House about  Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden chosing  Kamala Harris to be his running mate in the 2020 general election. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Donald Trump’s reelection campaign wasted no time in targeting Kamala Harris with scattergun attacks that sought to define her as “the most liberal le(...)

US president Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

These are far from certain to be Donald Trump’s last months in the White House. The US president’s deficit in national and state polls is daunting but(...)

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