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West Virginian senator Joe Manchin has more effective power than all but a handful of individuals in the US. Photograph: Al Drago/Bloomberg

It is not just their mortifyingly under-attended speaking tours. It is not even their ethical demotion in the light of MeToo. “The fall of the House o(...)

Human bio-monitoring studies in the EU have found a growing number of different hazardous chemicals in human blood and body tissue. Photograph: iStock

Chemicals are in almost everything we interact with and the World Health Organisation estimates the global production of chemicals will be four times (...)

President Joe Biden and vice president Kamala Harris  at the White House in Washington after the Senate voted to pass a $1.9 trillion  relief package. Photograph: Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times

Joe Biden is on the brink of securing final approval from Congress for his $1.9 trillion (€1.6 trillion) stimulus bill – a bet that massive fiscal int(...)

The icy shoreline of Lake Michigan. The American Midwest has suffered significant environmental degradation and the loss of millions of jobs. Photograph: Shafkat Anowar/AP

In the first half of the 20th century, the American Midwest incubated a world-leading culture of innovation in science and technology. Orville and Wi(...)

US president Joe Biden with vice-president Kamala Harris   during an event in the White House on Thursday. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

In his inaugural speech on Wednesday, Joe Biden professed faith in the ability of America’s two political tribes to come together, find common purpose(...)

A man, identified as Adam Christian Johnson, carries the lectern of US speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in the Capitol. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

US federal agents have arrested two more suspects in the riot at the Capitol whose images had gone viral, one of whom was depicted carrying off the Ho(...)

Supporters of US president Donald Trump in the Capitol rotunda on Wednesday. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

There were infamous white nationalists and noted conspiracy theorists who have spread dark visions of paedophile Satanists running the country. Others(...)

‘Radical laws and sharp ruptures from the status quo require either decisive majorities or support from the other side. A divided electorate allows for neither.’

As ever, Tom Wolfe got there first. Readers had expected the author of The Bonfire of the Vanities to “do” Los Angeles or Chicago after his treatment (...)

Chuck Yeager poses at Edwards Air Force Base, California, in 1985, in front of the rocket-powered Bell X-IE plane that he flew when he broke the sound barrier. Photograph: AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac

Charles “Chuck” Yeager, the Second World War fighter pilot ace and test pilot who became the first person to fly faster than sound in 1947, has died a(...)

Relatives mourn during the burial of 65-year-old Maria Joana Nascimento in August, who died suspectedly from the coronavirus, at Vila Formosa Cemetery, in the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photograph: Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty Images

New cases of Covid-19 in the United States hit a two-month high on Friday with more than 58,000 infections reported as Brazil surpasses 150,000 corona(...)

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