Paul Krugman, field-marshal of an American left, wailed of Trump’s voters: “I don’t fully understand this resentment.” Why don’t the poor blame the conservatives? Photograph: Getty Images

I have no tribe. I have no comfort blanket, no default button that enables me to join the prevailing hysteria and cry in unison, “Of course, it’s all (...)

The man’s impetuousness, his shooting his mouth off, must horrify Americans accustomed to some dignity in their commander-in-chief. But they have voted for a joker, an entertainer-in-chief. They must now take the baggage that comes with it. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP

Did he really mean it? The mushroom cloud that has risen over American democracy is a question mark. Did Donald Trump mean the hatred, the belligerenc(...)

Portrait of members of the Kennedy family, including Rose Kennedy (seated fourth from left), at their home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts on the night after John F Kennedy won the 1960 US Presidential election,  November 9th, 1960. Photo: Getty Images

During the vast coverage last November of the 50th anniversary of the death of John F Kennedy, much attention focused on the behaviour of the p(...)

John F Kennedy lays a wreath at the statue of Commodore John Barry, with mayor of Wexford Thomas Byrne, minister of external affairs Frank Aiken and US ambassador to Ireland Matthew McCloskey
When Ireland woke up

In June 1963, the month when John F Kennedy came to Ireland, memory moved from black and white, or strange dullness, to full technicolour. I kn(...)

John F Kennedy showed grace under fire throughout his time in the White House

Popular culture often provides a good barometer of where reputation stands. John F Kennedy, it seems, is a case of mercury falling.In the recent NBC T(...)