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 Boris Johnson: he will underpin his dogged optimism with another philosophy which he calls “boosterism”. We will recognise it as something familiar: borrowing and spending your way out of trouble.  Photograph: Getty Images

“What is this optimism?” asks Cacambo, Candide’s servant and friend in Voltaire’s 1759 novella. “Alas”, responds Candide, “it is the madness of mainta(...)

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Photograph: Rachel Mummey/The New York Times, Mark Felix/The New York Times

Joe Biden on Wednesday will face rival Kamala Harris in a highly anticipated rematch after a searing confrontation during last month’s presidential de(...)

US attorney general William Barr, who has announced the reinstatement of capital punishment by the US federal government. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

US attorney general William Barr may be best known for his role as Robert Mueller’s chief antagonist during the Russia investigation, but this week he(...)

US attorney general William Barr. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

The US justice department has said the federal government will resume executing death-row inmates for the first time since 2003. Attorney general Wi(...)

Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren: wants to unrig American capitalism in favour of the middle classes. Photograph: Sara Stathas/Bloomberg

Let us imagine Democrats do not pick a septuagenarian man to run against Donald Trump next year. Some may think this far-fetched. After all, Joe Biden(...)

Lawyer, writer, and former first lady of the US, Michelle Obama.

Irish people admire Michelle Obama and David Attenborough the most, according to a new poll. World lightweight title holder Katie Taylor. (...)

 US president Donald Trump: if any other global leader made similar comments, they would be gone from office, forced to resign immediately. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images

Two and a half years into Donald Trump’s presidency, it often seems that the US president has lost his power to shock, that the standards of president(...)

Protesters march to offices of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) on Saturday in  Chicago. The rally called for an end to criminalisation, detention and deportation of migrants ahead of planned Ice raids. Photograph:  Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

These are anxious times for the estimated 12 million undocumented migrants living in the United States. A series of countrywide raids by Immigration a(...)

Single-adult male detainees stand inside a holding area inside the Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas on July12th. Photograph: Veronica G. Cardenas/Reuters

US vice president Mike Pence played down reports of overcrowding and unsanitary conditions at two migrant detention centres in Texas that he visited o(...)

Britain’s ambassador to the US said Donald Trump abandoned the Iran nuclear deal in an “act of diplomatic vandalism” because it was agreed by his predecessor Barack Obama, according to the latest leaked cables.

Britain’s ambassador to the US said Donald Trump abandoned the Iran nuclear deal in an “act of diplomatic vandalism” because it was agreed by his pred(...)

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