Some critics see The Wizard of Oz as an allegory for the political issues that consumed the US. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Why did Dorothy ever want to leave Oz and go back to black-and-white Kansas? From a very early age, to this viewer at least, it always seemed a troubl(...)

Judge Amy Coney Barrett: Republicans, who control 12 of the 22 seats on the committee, are expected to confirm her after which the process will move to the full Senate. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/New York Times

The confirmation hearing for Donald Trump’s supreme court nominee Amy Coney Barrett concluded this week, paving the way for a vote in the Senate judic(...)

Supreme court nominee Amy Coney Barrett  during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill,  October 13th. Photograph:  Susan Walsh/POOL/AFP

US supreme court nominee Amy Coney Barrett came under intense questioning from senators on Tuesday as she said that her personal choices had no bearin(...)

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, US president Donald Trump’s nominee for the supreme court, in Washington on October 1st. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/New York Times

On a winter afternoon in 2018, Judge Amy Coney Barrett rose to speak in Notre Dame Law School’s wood-panelled courtroom and thanked the people gathere(...)

US president Donald Trump and Judge Amy Coney Barrett (far right), his supreme court nominee, in the Diplomatic Room of the White House on September 26th. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Fate leads the willing, Seneca said, while the unwilling get dragged. For his entire life, Donald Trump has stayed one step ahead of disaster, plying (...)

Republican senator from Georgia Kelly Loeffler said she and her husband – the chairman of the New York Stock Exchange – had ‘acted entirely appropriately and observed both the letter and the spirit of the law’. Photograph:  Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Federal investigators are ramping up their inquiries into at least two US senators who sold shares before the US stock market crashed due to coronavir(...)

Judge Justin Walker is sworn in on May 6th. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Pool/ AFP via Getty

As coronavirus kept most Americans confined at home this week, the Senate was back in session at the US Capitol. Dismissing the lockdown, Senate major(...)

US speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: ‘I’m not holding the articles indefinitely. I will turn them over when I’m ready, and that will probably be soon.’ Photograph: Tom Brenner/Reuters

Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the US House of Representatives, says she intends to transmit articles of impeachment against US president Donald Trump t(...)

San Francisco: Cork councillor Bernie Murphy’s antics during his trip to the city left Irish officials red-faced. Photograph: AP Photo/HO/John Storey

Colourful Cork councillor Bernie Murphy left some Irish officials red-faced when he went to San Francisco in 1986 with a self-declared plan to get new(...)

Adam Driver in The Report

Sometimes working to a tight budget really can be to a film’s advantage. Scott Z Burns shot The Report for the relatively tiny sum of $8 million and, (...)

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