US president Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden: The average of national polls run by Real Clear Politics has put Biden’s lead at about nine percentage points. Photograph:  Jim Watson, Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

As the US presidential campaign enters its final weeks, polls are showing Democratic candidate Joe Biden with a decisive lead. But with the memory of (...)

US president Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up from the Truman Balcony upon his return to the White House from Walter Reed Medical Center, where he underwent treatment for Covid-19. File photograph: Getty

The extraordinary events of the past 10 days, during which US president Donald Trump was hospitalised for coronavirus treatment and then returned to t(...)

 Stephen Miller tested positive on Tuesday, joining the many members of the White House staff who are now self-isolating following diagnoses for the virus. File photograph:  EPA/Chris Kleponis/ Pool

Doctors treating Donald Trump for coronavirus delivered an upbeat assessment of the US president’s progress on Wednesday, as senior adviser Stephen Mi(...)

People queue to vote early in the US presidential election at the Fairfax County government centre in Virginia on September 18th. Photograph: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Outside the Fairfax County government centre, long socially-distant queues have formed since early morning. The polling site in northern Virginia ope(...)

 South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg during Wednesday night’s Democratic debate in Atlanta, Georgia: He has raised huge sums of money despite being the youngest candidate in the field. Photograph:  Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters

Ten leading Democratic presidential candidates largely avoided attacking each other in a televised debate on Wednesday night, though their differences(...)

Considering the benefits of modern-day sanitation, vaccinations and healthcare, the likelihood of getting sick from our shoes is ‘infinitesimally small as to almost be unwarranted’. Photograph: iStock

Maybe you kick off your shoes at home because you don’t want to track dirt across clean carpets or floors, or maybe it’s just a relief to shed them. (...)

Former US vice-president Joe Biden: his national lead among Democrats has been fairly durable through the summer, polls show.  Photograph:  Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images

New opinion polls show Joe Biden with a significant national lead in the Democratic presidential race as the contest heads into the intense autumn cam(...)

 New York City mayor Bill de Blasio waves to supporters during his election night event in New York in 2017. File photograph:  Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio entered the crowded 2020 presidential race on Thursday. He argues that his record of progressive accomplishments i(...)

Pawel Strzelecki: At the scheme’s height, 200,000 children benefitted. They were fed an eastern European staple, rye bread

By an extraordinary coincidence on Wednesday night, I found myself invited to two separate events, both involving exhibitions, both about the Great Fa(...)

James Frecheville and Hugo Weaving in Black 47

During the 1990s, Stephen Rea was approached about a drama based on the Great Famine. The project did not come to pass. “Some American producer said t(...)

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