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

Is Shakespeare a misogynist? Should The Taming of the Shrew be retired, given Kate’s archaic speech of surrender at the end, laying out what women “ow(...)

 Lou Dobbs, whose show on Fox Business was cancelled on Friday. Photograph: Chester Higgins Jr/New York Times

In just a few weeks in the US, lawsuits and legal threats from a pair of obscure election technology companies have achieved what years of advertising(...)

Jeffrey Toobin: banned ‘indefinitely’ from podcasts and airwaves after incident. Photograph: Robert Ascroft

Until Jeffrey Toobin’s fateful appointment with Zoom on October 15th, his quarantine was going better than most people’s. In August his eighth book, T(...)

Lucie Lyer with her mother, human rights lecturer Kirsten Roberts in Pilsen in the Czech Republic

Kirsten Roberts Lyer is a professor at the Central European University where she teaches human rights and the rule of law. She lives in Pilsen in the (...)

Mike Pompeo: The rivalry with China seems personal. Photograph: Mads Claus Rasmussen/EPA

Here follow some excerpts from a speech about China by Mike Pompeo last week. The US secretary of state chose as his setting Richard Nixon’s president(...)

Kenneth Starr, the former special prosecutor who investigated former US president Bill Clinton. Photograph:  Rob Lever/AFP via Getty Images

Former special counsel Kenneth Starr – a key figure in Bill Clinton’s impeachment 21 years ago – has been added to US president Donald Trump’s legal t(...)

Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos: ‘The curiosity, the passion, the hard work, everything that I see when I get to work with you guys, it’s just amazing to me and it’s awe-inspiring.’ File photograph: Bloomberg

How likely are you to recommend your company as a place to work? Would you boast about your company to your friends? Now, how do you feel about biggi(...)

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren  visits Fairfield, Iowa, US. Photograph: Rachel Mummey/Reuters

Last summer, New York magazine put a bounding Elizabeth Warren on its cover, along with the headline “Front Runner?” Even allowing for the crafty hedg(...)

US senator Elizabeth Warren is a fierce critic of President Donald Trump and on Monday took a big step towards a run for the presidency. Photograph: Reuters

US senator Elizabeth Warren on Monday became the most prominent Democrat to announce a challenge to the Republican president in 2020. The Senator has(...)

Supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has a cult-like following. Photograph: by Michael Kovac/Getty Images

Sometimes heroes come from the most unlikely places. For millions of progressive Americans who continue to look on aghast at Donald Trump’s presidency(...)

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