US president Donald Trump and Joe Biden, the presmumptive Democratic candidate in November’s election. Photographs: Jim Watson, Dominic Reuter//AFP via Getty Images

It is a scenario that the US state department has warned about the world over: an incumbent politician in a democracy with weak institutions tries to (...)

US president Donald Trump. His  ‘warped view of masculinity has warped the US’s response to a deadly pandemic’. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP

Macbeth has his doubts. But his wife taunts him about his manliness until he bloodies his country. It’s hard to believe, four centuries after Shakes(...)

Police officers outside Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square in midtown Manhattan after it had been ransacked by looters. Photograph: The New York Times

US retailers are stepping up patrols by armed security guards and transferring merchandise to secure locations as widespread civil unrest sets back th(...)

The Chicago city skyline is seen from the North Avenue Beach at Lake Michigan on Tuesday. Photograph: Pinar Istek/Reuters

A large swath of the United States was gripped by brutal cold and wind chills on Wednesday as record-low temperatures caused by a blast of Arctic air(...)

 The White House said US president Donald Trump did not go to Florida on Friday as planned for the Christmas holiday. Photograph:  Win McNamee/Getty Images

The US government has partially shut down after Democrats refused to meet president Donald Trump’s demands for $5 billion to start erecting his Mexica(...)

The  CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia. File photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

A suspicious package addressed to CNN was intercepted in Atlanta on Monday, bringing to 15 the number of potentially explosive devices sent through th(...)

Actor Robert De Niro. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

US federal authorities investigating a spate of pipe bombs sent this week to several prominent critics of President Donald Trump have turned their att(...)

Donald Trump’s tweets condemning so-called ‘fake news’ media usually only reach most Americans through those same news outlets. Photograph: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images

My current emotional state is pinned to the top of my Twitter feed. It reads: “Being angry all the time is exhausting and corrosive. Not being angry f(...)

Boom time: The aftermath of nuclear war has always been fertile ground for post-apocalyptic films, novels and TV series. Photograph: RomoloTavani/Getty Images

In January 1962, the cover of Esquire magazine trailed a feature on the influence of then US president John F Kennedy on men’s fashion, including his (...)

From the depths of memory, I recalled the (unofficial) motto of the US postal service: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night shall stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

Back in Montana last autumn after an emotional first trip to Ireland, my cousin Rosie sent each of her relatives here a Christmas card with a small me(...)

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