For people living in poverty, cash may be a much more effective mental health treatment than anything pharmacology has invented. Photograph: iStock

When did the biggest reduction in poverty in the history of the United States take place? During the New Deal era of the 1930s, when Franklin Roosevel(...)

Joe Biden reacts to a question from a journalist, following a press conference about Covid-19  vaccination efforts, at the White House  on Tuesday. Photograph: Tom Brenner/New York Times

As rumpuses go in calm, post-Trump Washington, it will have to do. This summer, Catholic bishops discussed withholding communion from no less a person(...)

Writer Maureen Dowd speaks onstage during Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in 2017. Photograph: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

Interstate 495, the highway that encircles the city of Washington DC and its suburbs in Maryland and Virginia, is more famous as a state of mind than (...)

U.S president Joe Biden is attempting cultural and economic reform simultaneously. Photograph: Tasos Katopodis/UPI/Bloomberg

Even the greatest democratic leader of the past century chose his battles. As Franklin Roosevelt shaped a New Deal in economics, he preserved much of (...)

1933 Double Edge Eagle Coin, the only coin of its kind sanctioned for private ownership is valued at $10m-$15m (€8.4m-€12.6m)

On June 8th this year, the eagle eyes of philatelists and numismatics around the globe will most certainly be on Sotheby’s Three Treasures – Collected(...)

US President Joe Biden  comments  on the American Rescue Plan at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington DC, earlier this month.  Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool/EPA

Those who failed to see a social change coming are the most liable to overrate it. And so a press that dismissed Donald Trump’s presidential chances i(...)

US president Joe Biden: The next four years hinge on which is the truer Biden – the bold manifesto or the emollient tone. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

For once, Joe Biden was less sentimental than his audience. The inauguration of the US president last week brought forth a media gush that had been pe(...)

Participants in a Black Lives Matter protest  in  Trafalgar Square, London. ‘The US is the only nation today whose domestic failings could set off vast protests in other continents.’ Photograph: Niklas Hallen/EPA

At its midpoint, 2020 is turning out to be one of the darkest years in the peacetime history of the US. It has also affirmed the nation’s global prima(...)

 Bob Dylan performing at Hyde Park,  London in July last year. File photo:  Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

A few years ago, sitting beneath shade trees in Saratoga Springs, New York, I had a two-hour discussion with Bob Dylan that touched on Malcolm X, the (...)

Britsh prime minister Boris Johnson: to what extent should public and media interest in a high-profile individual’s health be tempered with the right to privacy? Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

In the days before British prime minister Boris Johnson was rushed to hospital on April 4th with Covid-19 infection, Number 10 was adamant that his he(...)

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