Virginia governor elect Ralph Northam (centre) celebrates with state Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (left) and attorney general Mark Herring at his election night rally in 2017. Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Reuters

Virginia’s politics has been plunged into disarray after a third member of the Democratic state leadership became embroiled in a deepening set of scan(...)

  The remains of cars destroyed by the Carr Fire in July in Redding, California. No one was even vaguely surprised that Trump’s response to the wildfires was to deny that they had anything to do with climate change. Photograph:   Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

On August 2nd, Apple became the world’s first public company to achieve a market capitalisation of $1 trillion. A month later, Amazon became the secon(...)

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 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 (...)

Colonial chic?: Melania Trump in her pith helmet and whites in Nairobi. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Are we allowed to talk about Melania Trump’s outfits, or is it too belittling? I can’t keep up any more. – Daniel, by email Ooh, it’s a tricky one, i(...)

Senator Lindsey Graham  speaks to reporters after the final vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court on Saturday. The process brings to completion Graham’s transformation from Trump critic to Trump lackey. Photograph: Erin Schaff/New York Times

The battle over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court was an especially ugly episode of a reality-show presidency that degrades almost eve(...)

A still image taken from video of the final tally of votes by the US Senate on the confirmation of supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, in Washington, DC, US. Photograph: Senate TV via Reuters

Brett Kavanaugh has been sworn in as a justice of the US Supreme Court in a major political victory for President Donald Trump. Judge Kavanaugh (53),(...)

Comedian Amy Schumer is led away after she was arrested during a protest against the proposed confirmation of supreme court nominee  Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Brett Kavanaugh is expected to be confirmed as a US supreme court justice this weekend after Republican senator Susan Collins said she would endorse h(...)

Comedian Amy Schumer (left) is led away after she was arrested during a protest against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Photograph: Getty

More than 300 protesters, including the comedian Amy Schumer, have been arrested at the US Capitol in Washington as they made a final, desperate appea(...)

Charlotte Peterson of Woodbridge, Virginia demonstrates outside the US supreme court during a vigil in opposition to supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington on Wednesday. Photograph: James Lawler Duggan/Reuters

The suggestion by Chuck Grassley, chairman of the US Senate judiciary committee, that the supplemental FBI investigation into supreme court nominee Br(...)

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