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John Wayne as Ethan Edwards in John Ford’s film, The Searchers. “Ford and Wayne forged an identity for America that lasted for decades.” Photograph: AP/Warner Bros

My older brother Michael taught me many things. He taught me to hold vinyl records gingerly at the edges, so I wouldn’t smudge them, and how to wipe (...)

US president Donald Trump with Justice John Roberts.    Justice Roberts said in a statement: “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges.” File photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Donald Trump has continued his spat with the chief justice of the United States supreme court, after Justice John Roberts rebuked the president for de(...)

Jodie Picoult:  A Spark of Light is about a hostage situation in an abortion clinic. Photograph: Nina Subin

“It’s a child. Not a choice. Isn’t it?” This is the short, provocative synopsis on the back cover of Jodi Picoult’s latest novel, A Spark of Light, t(...)

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Capitol Hill in Washington on  March 18th, 2015 Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a prominent liberal who, at 85, is the oldest US supreme court justice, was hospitalised on Thursday after falling in her office (...)

Supporters of congressional candidate Harley Rouda watch Nancy Pelosi speak on a big screen in Newport Beach, California. Photograph: New York Times

Tuesday’s US congressional elections ended with what might be called a split decision. Democrats gained more than enough seats to take control of the (...)

President Donald Trump  during a rally in Estero, Florida, where he was  campaigning for  Republican governor  Rick Scott, who is challenging incumbent Democratic senator  Bill Nelson for a seat in the Senate. Photograph: AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Next Tuesday Americans go to the polls in one of the most closely-watched midterm elections in recent history. At stake on November 6th is control of(...)

US senator Joe Manchin is one of 10 Democrats defending Senate seats in states that Donald Trump won in 2016. Photograph:  Michael Mathes/ AFP/ Getty Images

The leaves are beginning to turn in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains. Here, just west of the Shenandoah River in West Virginia a key battle(...)

US president Donald Trump arrives on stage to speak at a rally at JQH Arena in Springfield, Missouri on September 21st. Trump won Missouri in 2016 by an 18.5 per cent margin. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP

It’s 5.30am on a dark midweek morning, and just off the main road into downtown St Louis, the lights are flicking on at Dave’s Diner, a local eatery. (...)

 Supporters of then Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump scream and gesture at members of the media at a campaign rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, in  October 2016. Photograph:  Mike Segar/Reuters

The undercurrent of rage that has been driving US politics for the past few years surfaced on Wednesday in a series of suspected bombs sent to promine(...)

 Beto O’Rourke, who is taking on  Ted Cruz for his senate seat, is one of ActBlue’s most high-profile clients. Photograph:Tom Reel/San Antonio Express-News/Pool via Reuters

A 30-minute drive northwest of Boston, Massachusetts, in the leafy suburb of Somerville, lies the headquarters of ActBlue. This non-profit organisatio(...)

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