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Vice-president Kamala Harris. File photograph: Michael M Santiago/Getty

Shortly after she made history as America’s first woman and woman of colour to serve as vice-president,  Harris is wrapping up her first (...)

US President Joe Biden  comments  on the American Rescue Plan at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington DC, earlier this month.  Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool/EPA

Those who failed to see a social change coming are the most liable to overrate it. And so a press that dismissed Donald Trump’s presidential chances i(...)

Ita Kennedy has been experiencing life in a bubble on an undisclosed Caribbean island.

While a large chunk of the world’s population has been stuck at home in recent months, Ita Kennedy has been experiencing life in a bubble on an undisc(...)

US president Joe Biden: The next four years hinge on which is the truer Biden – the bold manifesto or the emollient tone. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

For once, Joe Biden was less sentimental than his audience. The inauguration of the US president last week brought forth a media gush that had been pe(...)

They theorised that surgeons might be more likely to be ‘distracted or rush to finish procedures on their birthdays’. Photograph: iStock

Patients who undergo surgery on their surgeon’s birthday are less likely to survive than those who go through surgery on other days of the year, accor(...)

Purdue Pharma, the pharmaceutical company that makes OxyContin, is owned by the billionaire Sackler family. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Purdue Pharma has pleaded guilty to criminal charges over the handling of its addictive prescription painkiller OxyContin, capping a deal with federal(...)

President-elect Joe Biden: The urgency of beating Trump has kept the Democrats’ unstable compound of factions together in recent years. Without him, they are at liberty to squabble. Photograph: Andrew Harnik

My first thought was “only in Washington”. My second was “where can I get one?” As fans of Joe Biden cheered his election win near the White House two(...)

Some critics see The Wizard of Oz as an allegory for the political issues that consumed the US. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Why did Dorothy ever want to leave Oz and go back to black-and-white Kansas? From a very early age, to this viewer at least, it always seemed a troubl(...)

“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(...)

US president Donald Trump waves goodbye to cheering supporters as he departs his campaign rally at Orlando Sanford International Airport in Sanford, Florida on Monday, October 12th, 2020. Photograph: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Twenty years ago the eyes of the world turned to Florida, as the identity of America’s next president lay in the balance. On election night 2000, TV n(...)

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