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“Their number is negligible and they are stupid,” wrote Dwight D Eisenhower of those conservatives who could not reconcile themselves to the New Deal. They would grow beyond a thoughtless cult to become the organisational and intellectual core of the Republican Party. Photograph: Getty Images

If a man helps to win the greatest war ever fought among our species, some four-lane highways he built later on will tend not to define him. Sure enou(...)

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(...)

Yeni Salazar leads a Zumba class in Queen’s Elmhurst Memorial Park in New York on Monday. Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP

In May, Madrid sought to break free from the nightmare of Covid-19. Death rates and infections had fallen since the days when the Spanish capital’s in(...)

A stage is erected for a rally of QAnon supporters on the National Mall, Washington, in September 2019. Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times

Late last month, as the Texas Republican Party was shifting into campaign mode, it unveiled a new slogan, lifting a rallying cry straight from a once-(...)

“All are created equal and all deserve a say in our democracy,” said House speaker Nancy Pelosi as she unveiled the Bill in the House of Representatives. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

The US House of Representatives voted on Friday to make Washington, DC, the 51st state in the nation yesterday, though the measure will almost certai(...)

A bartender pours drinks  at a bar in Austin, Texas. Texas governor Greg Abbott ordered bars to close on Friday amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the state.  File photograph: Sergio Flores/AFP via Getty Images

The United States recorded a new daily high of coronavirus cases, amid mounting evidence that some of the largest states in the country are experienci(...)

Fairmont, West Virginia. The city’s first reported fatality from the virus was a woman who had to be driven 25 minutes to the nearest hospital because the only hospital in her county closed down in mid-March. Photograph: Kristian Thacker/The New York Times

Until last Friday, Lincoln County in rural West Virginia had escaped the scourge of the Covid-19 disease, having yet to record a single case. But now(...)

Tens of thousands of aging wind turbine blades are coming down and most have nowhere to go but landfills. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Wind turbine blades can be longer than a Boeing 747 wing, so at the end of their lifespan they cannot just be hauled away. First, you need to saw thro(...)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: Robert Redford and Paul Newman on set. Photograph:  20th Century Fox/Getty

“The horse is dead.” It’s the middle of a tense scene in the 1969 smash Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The town sheriff is attempting to round u(...)

Pádraig O’Dea: ‘People have been so kind. They have helped us pitch the tents, given us tips of the best routes and places to go’

When Pádraig O’Dea was learning to ride a bicycle in his home town of Tullamore, Co Offaly, more than 50 years ago, he never imagined that his ability(...)

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